An overview of the general cost of living index for Ashland, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Ashland, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 136. This index is 2% lower than the California average, and 36% 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 Ashland, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 11% higher than it is in California, and it is 22% higher than the national average.