Communication priced at $20 in 2000 $15.81 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Communication

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Prices for Communication, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for communication were 20.97% lower in 2018 versus 2000 (a $4.19 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Communication experienced an average inflation rate of -1.30% per year. In other words, communication costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $15.81 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for communication was significantly lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -2.53%, which is below the average yearly change for communication during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for communication was much lower.

Price Inflation for Communication since 1993

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2017 (-5.34%), 2004 (-3.36%), and 2003 (-2.80%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Communication:

Year 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
CPI 96.738 97.562 98.838 99.592 100.315 98.654 95.985 93.554 93.331 92.292 89.708 86.692 84.731 84.131 83.367 84.185 84.954 84.681 83.345 83.060 82.613 82.063 80.208 79.236 75.004 73.939

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Communication, 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 -2.53%
2001 $19.95 -0.24%
2002 $19.73 -1.11%
2003 $19.18 -2.80%
2004 $18.53 -3.36%
2005 $18.11 -2.26%
2006 $17.99 -0.71%
2007 $17.82 -0.91%
2008 $18.00 0.98%
2009 $18.16 0.91%
2010 $18.10 -0.32%
2011 $17.82 -1.58%
2012 $17.76 -0.34%
2013 $17.66 -0.54%
2014 $17.54 -0.67%
2015 $17.15 -2.26%
2016 $16.94 -1.21%
2017 $16.03 -5.34%
2018 $15.81 -1.42%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for communication, 2000-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Communication was 93.554 in the year 2000 and 73.939 in 2018:

73.939 / 93.554 * $20 = $15.81

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $15.81 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Communication).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Communication in 1993. In addition to communication, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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