An overview of the general cost of living index for Chester, PA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Chester, PA enjoy a cost of living index of 90. This index is 11% lower than the Pennsylvania average, and 10% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Chester, PA, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in Pennsylvania, and it is 8% higher than the national average.