An overview of the general cost of living index for Cottage Grove, MN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Cottage Grove, MN enjoy a cost of living index of 108. This index is 5% higher than the Minnesota average, and 8% higher 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 Cottage Grove, MN, the average cost of goods and services is 1% higher than it is in Minnesota, and it is 8% higher than the national average.