By the Numbers
Named for the second time as one of "The 100 Best Small Towns in America" in 2001, Tift County is an ideal business and residential location due to the balance between availability of business services, city style amenities and quality of life. Tifton offers a wonderful lifestyle for young professionals, families and senior citizens.
Tifton housing costs are very affordable, with existing three-bedroom, two-bath homes ranging in price between $95,000 and $135,000. Three-bedroom, two-bath houses that are new construction with a minimum of 1,300 square feet start in the $120s. Many new subdivisions, in all price ranges, are available for convenient town living. Homes in golf developments start at $275,000 for custom-built homes. A well-preserved historic district offers turn of the century structures lining wide streets in the downtown area. Small acreages and planned neighborhoods in the county offer country living opportunities.
With a median household income of $34,003 and a median home value of $138,510, Tifton's cost of living index is an 80.8. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and non-metropolitan, equals 100, and each participant's index is read as a percentage of the average for all places, therefore 80.8 reflects a very affordable cost of living.