Core inflation priced at $20 in 2000 $28.86 in 2019

Historical Price Inflation for Core inflation

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Prices for Core Inflation, 2000-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less food and energy were 44.30% higher in 2019 versus 2000 (a $8.86 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2019: Core inflation experienced an average inflation rate of 1.95% per year. In other words, core inflation costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $28.86 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.07% during this same period, inflation for core inflation was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 2.43%, which is above the average yearly change for core inflation during the 2000-2019 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for core inflation was lower.

Price Inflation for All items less food and energy since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (12.42%), 1981 (10.46%), and 1979 (9.74%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for All items less food and energy:

Year 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 28.931 29.592 30.185 30.638 30.985 31.408 31.800 32.277 32.738 33.538 34.708 36.315 38.423 40.823 42.738 44.046 45.585 49.346 53.892 57.431 61.023 65.485 71.862 80.785 89.238 95.846 99.615 104.546 109.115 113.523 118.200 123.415 128.977 135.462 142.108 147.308 152.177 156.515 161.200 165.562 169.508 173.385 176.985 181.292 186.131 190.454 193.223 196.623 200.892 205.915 210.729 215.572 219.235 221.337 225.008 229.755 233.806 237.897 242.247 247.602 252.169 257.565 261.599

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Core inflation, over time, for $20 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $20.00 2.43%
2001 $20.53 2.67%
2002 $21.01 2.32%
2003 $21.32 1.45%
2004 $21.69 1.76%
2005 $22.16 2.17%
2006 $22.72 2.50%
2007 $23.25 2.34%
2008 $23.78 2.30%
2009 $24.19 1.70%
2010 $24.42 0.96%
2011 $24.82 1.66%
2012 $25.35 2.11%
2013 $25.79 1.76%
2014 $26.24 1.75%
2015 $26.72 1.83%
2016 $27.32 2.21%
2017 $27.82 1.84%
2018 $28.41 2.14%
2019 $28.86 1.57%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for core inflation, 2000-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items less food and energy was 181.292 in the year 2000 and 261.599 in 2019:

261.599 / 181.292 * $20 = $28.86

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.86 in 2019 (in the CPI category of All items less food and energy).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for All items less food and energy in 1957. In addition to core inflation, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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