An overview of the general cost of living index for Monterey, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Monterey, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 176. This index is 29% higher than the California average, and 76% 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 Monterey, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 14% higher than it is in California, and it is 25% higher than the national average.