An overview of the general cost of living index for Los Angeles, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Los Angeles, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 142. This index is 5% higher than the California average, and 42% 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 Los Angeles, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in California, and it is 5% higher than the national average.