We’re No. 1 … in self-storage

Northern N.J. (No. 1) and southern N.J. (No. 4) score well in Cushman & Wakefield analysis

Pizza, bagels, K-12 education, e-commerce and now … self-storage.

The diverse list of items and categories in which New Jersey leads the country apparently has grown by one.

According to the recently released self-storage report by Cushman & Wakefield, the Northern New Jersey/New York region has the largest number of self-storage projects in the pipeline of any region in the country. By far.

The Northern New Jersey/New York region, which includes Newark, Edison and New York, has 64 projects in the pipeline, nearly double the second-highest ranked region, the Miami area, which has 33.

Southern New Jersey is holding up its end, too. In fourth place is the Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington (Delaware) market, with 22 projects in the pipeline.

The reasons are easy to figure out:

  • The self-storage industry has experienced major growth nationwide since the onset of the pandemic, with asking rents rising 20% nationally in the second quarter of this year compared to Q2 of last year;
  • The New Jersey/New York area self-storage facilities were 90% occupied in Q2 of 2022, with the median rent per available square foot averaging $1.64;
  • Construction starts increased 14% from last quarter and increased 1% as of Q2 2021.

According to Cushman & Wakefield, the largest landlords in New Jersey are Extra Space Storage and Public Storage.

A look at the Top 10 areas:

  1. New York-Newark-Edison: 64
  2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach (Florida): 33
  3. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta (Georgia): 28
  4. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (Delaware): 22
  5. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (Texas): 21
  6. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (Arizona): 19
  7. Orlando (Florida): 18
  8. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (California): 16
  9. Washington (D.C.)-Arlington-Alexandria (Virginia): 15
  10. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (Florida): 15