The above illustration supplies generalized information for the West Menlo Park, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in West Menlo Park, CA is 297, which is 115% higher than the California average and 197% 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 West Menlo Park, CA are 11% higher than the average for California and 22% higher than the rest of the country.