The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Eau Claire, WI cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Wisconsin and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Eau Claire, WI is 98, which is equal to the Wisconsin average and 2% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Eau Claire, WI are 12% higher than the average for Wisconsin and 12% higher than the rest of the country.