Friday Funny: Self Storage On Every Corner

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

People say we aren’t a nation of hoarders, but did you know that the number of self storage facilities in the U.S. has recently passed the 52,000 mark? That means there are now more storage options than there are Subway’s, McDonald’s, and Starbucks—combined!

In April 2015, Dan Rafter of wrote, “McDonald’s boasted 14,350 restaurants in the United States in 2014. That’s a big number. But it pales in comparison to the number of self storage facilities dotting the country: more than 48,500 at last count.”

Since 2014, the number of self storage options has continued to creep upward.

“There is about seven square feet of self-storage space nationally for each person in the United States,” said Maurice Pogoda, principal and president of Farmington Hills, MI-based Pogoda Companies. “That’s an awful lot of self storage space.”

And sometimes, you find the strangest things inside those storage units. For instance, check out this list from the Inside Self-Storage blog, which includes the top eight “amazing and unexpected items found in self storage units” (with a nod to David Letterman, who is retiring and probably taking his top 10 list with him):

#8: Tenants
#7: Pirate treasure
#6: A NASA rocket and a countdown clock
#5: Unreleased Michael Jackson tracks
#4: Nicolas Cage’s million dollar comic book
#3: The canoe from the movie Deliverance
#2: The car from Knight Rider

And the number one strangest item: A severed leg in a bbq smoker!!!!

To put our nation’s storage obsession in perspective, SpareFoot (not to be confused with severed leg) has created a visual image that compares the number of storage facilities to popular fast food, retail, and convenience store locations.

Self-storage vs. Subway, McDonald's, Starbucks, and more.
Infographic by Brian Shreckengast
Now THAT’S a lot of leg room.


  1. Thanks for the information! I can understand why people usually find the strangest and most unique finds in storage units. People want a safe place to put their belongings, and a storage unit seems like the place to put almost anything and everything. I know that I have a few things that I collect that can’t fit in my house anymore. Like many other people, I would want to put my collectible items and other belongings in storage where I know they’ll be safe.

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