An overview of the general cost of living index for Columbia, MS is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Columbia, MS enjoy a cost of living index of 78. This index is 3% lower than the Mississippi average, and 22% 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 Columbia, MS, the average cost of goods and services is 2% lower than it is in Mississippi, and it is 15% lower than the national average.