Miscellaneous personal goods priced at $20 in 2000 $15.69 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Miscellaneous personal goods

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Prices for Miscellaneous Personal Goods, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for miscellaneous personal goods were 21.57% lower in 2018 versus 2000 (a $4.31 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Miscellaneous personal goods experienced an average inflation rate of -1.34% per year. In other words, miscellaneous personal goods costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $15.69 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for miscellaneous personal goods was significantly lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -2.68%, which is below the average yearly change for miscellaneous personal goods during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for miscellaneous personal goods was much lower.

Price Inflation for Miscellaneous personal goods since 1998

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2004 (-4.91%), 2016 (-3.06%), and 2015 (-2.90%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Miscellaneous personal goods:

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.642 98.892 96.242 94.933 94.092 92.100 87.575 86.058 86.350 87.070 88.451 88.661 87.694 86.449 86.057 84.808 84.271 81.825 79.323 77.729 75.481

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Miscellaneous personal goods, 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 -2.68%
2001 $19.73 -1.36%
2002 $19.55 -0.89%
2003 $19.14 -2.12%
2004 $18.20 -4.91%
2005 $17.88 -1.73%
2006 $17.94 0.34%
2007 $18.09 0.83%
2008 $18.38 1.59%
2009 $18.42 0.24%
2010 $18.22 -1.09%
2011 $17.96 -1.42%
2012 $17.88 -0.45%
2013 $17.62 -1.45%
2014 $17.51 -0.63%
2015 $17.00 -2.90%
2016 $16.48 -3.06%
2017 $16.15 -2.01%
2018 $15.69 -2.89%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for miscellaneous personal goods, 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 Miscellaneous personal goods was 96.242 in the year 2000 and 75.481 in 2018:

75.481 / 96.242 * $20 = $15.69

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $15.69 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Miscellaneous personal goods).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Miscellaneous personal goods in 1998. In addition to miscellaneous personal goods, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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