An overview of the general cost of living index for Fort Lee, NJ is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Fort Lee, NJ enjoy a cost of living index of 131. This index is 3% higher than the New Jersey average, and 31% 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 Fort Lee, NJ, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in New Jersey, and it is 14% higher than the national average.