U.S. Census Bureau Highlights Self Storage Success during pandemic

Posted by Modern Storage Media on Jan 26, 2024 8:17:19 AM

The self-storage industry demonstrated unique resilience to economic downturns, including the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest U.S. Census Bureau Service Annual Survey (SAS) highlights.


Increasing revenue trends from 2019 to 2021 for self storage owners shows how operators benefited during the pandemic as people relocated or made room for home offices to work remotely (according to the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), the percentage of people working from home nearly tripled in 2021, and 32% of millennials and Generation Zers moved back in with their parents).


The report also notes that embracing new technology that reduced face-to-face interactions during (online renting, self-service kiosks, and smart-entry tech) may have also contributed to self storage success during the pandemic.


Table 1. Estimated Revenue of Employer Firms for Select U.S. Real Estate Industries: 2019-2021

As of March 2023, Worldwide ERC, a relocation services trade group, reports commercial office space usage was 50% of pre-pandemic averages. Since the pandemic began in 2020, more businesses have been opting for a hybrid or remote work environment which may continue to create an increased need for self storage for tucking away unused equipment and furniture.