The above illustration supplies generalized information for the University Place, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in University Place, WA is 122, which is 5% higher than the Washington average and 22% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in University Place, WA are 9% higher than the average for Washington and 16% higher than the rest of the country.