An overview of the general cost of living index for Holyoke, MA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Holyoke, MA enjoy a cost of living index of 114. This index is 12% lower than the Massachusetts average, and 14% 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 Holyoke, MA, the average cost of goods and services is 9% higher than it is in Massachusetts, and it is 21% higher than the national average.