An overview of the general cost of living index for Vail, CO is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Vail, CO enjoy a cost of living index of 150. This index is 41% higher than the Colorado average, and 50% 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 Vail, CO, the average cost of goods and services is 13% higher than it is in Colorado, and it is 12% higher than the national average.