Among the things that Americans are famous for loving, like peanut butter, ice, big cars, and football (real football that is), Americans are also known for loving… well, stuff. Lots of stuff. Sometimes too much stuff. Which is why it is estimated that one in ten US households currently rents at least one storage unit. Because of this, the self-storage industry has been one of the fastest growing commercial real estate sectors over the period of the last 40 years. This article provides a look at this growing and competitive industry.