An overview of the general cost of living index for Pittsburg, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Pittsburg, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 136. This index is 3% 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 Pittsburg, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 16% higher than it is in California, and it is 30% higher than the national average.