Food from vending machines and mobile vendors priced at $20 in 1997 $33.93 in 2020

Food From Vending Machines And Mobile Vendors Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Food From Vending Machines And Mobile Vendors, 1997-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for food from vending machines and mobile vendors were 69.65% higher in 2020 versus 1997 (a $13.93 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2020: Food from vending machines and mobile vendors experienced an average inflation rate of 2.32% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, food from vending machines and mobile vendors costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $33.93 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.09% during this same period, inflation for food from vending machines and mobile vendors was higher.

Price Inflation for Food from vending machines and mobile vendors since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2008 (4.88%), 2009 (4.54%), and 2019 (4.36%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Food from vending machines and mobile vendors:

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 100.000 100.515 101.331 102.423 104.208 105.562 107.715 109.838 112.569 115.100 118.325 124.099 129.729 133.064 135.770 140.168 143.309 143.063 146.252 150.805 154.760 159.532 166.485 169.647

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Buying power of $20 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Food from vending machines and mobile vendors, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1997 $20.00 -
1998 $20.10 0.52%
1999 $20.27 0.81%
2000 $20.48 1.08%
2001 $20.84 1.74%
2002 $21.11 1.30%
2003 $21.54 2.04%
2004 $21.97 1.97%
2005 $22.51 2.49%
2006 $23.02 2.25%
2007 $23.67 2.80%
2008 $24.82 4.88%
2009 $25.95 4.54%
2010 $26.61 2.57%
2011 $27.15 2.03%
2012 $28.03 3.24%
2013 $28.66 2.24%
2014 $28.61 -0.17%
2015 $29.25 2.23%
2016 $30.16 3.11%
2017 $30.95 2.62%
2018 $31.91 3.08%
2019 $33.30 4.36%
2020 $33.93 1.90%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for food from vending machines and mobile vendors, 1997-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Food from vending machines and mobile vendors was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 169.647 in 2020:

169.647 / 100.000 * $20 = $33.93

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $33.93 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Food from vending machines and mobile vendors).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Food from vending machines and mobile vendors in 1997. In addition to food from vending machines and mobile vendors, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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