Blackford County’s overall cost of living is 18.0% lower¹ than the U.S. average and 3.0% lower than the State of Indiana².  This is based on the indices of common expenses such as grocery, housing, and utilities for the area. This same source places the median home value in Blackford County, Indiana at $61,800 (compared to the U.S. median of $185,800).  A second source³ places the median home value at $67,500, and median rent at $593. currently ranks Hartford City as the most affordable housing market in the State of Indiana and the 7th most affordable in the entire U.S.ª


¹ Sperling’s Best Places, “Blackford County, Indiana” as of January 2017

² Sperling’s Best Places, “Indiana,” as of January 2017

³ 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

ª SmartAsset, “Most Affordable Places in America” as of January 2017