An overview of the general cost of living index for Fountain Valley, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Fountain Valley, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 165. This index is 22% higher than the California average, and 65% 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 Fountain Valley, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in California, and it is 4% higher than the national average.