A general overview of the cost of living index for New Hempstead, NY is displayed above. In New Hempstead, NY, the overall cost of living index is 155, which is 31% higher than the New York average and 55% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of New Hempstead, NY, the city's goods and services are 11% higher than the New York average and 22% higher than the U.S. average.