Nondurables less food priced at $20 in 2000 $27.14 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Nondurables less food

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Prices for Nondurables Less Food, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for nondurables less food were 35.72% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $7.14 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Nondurables less food experienced an average inflation rate of 1.71% per year. In other words, nondurables less food costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $27.14 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for nondurables less food was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 6.93%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for nondurables less food during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for nondurables less food was much higher.

Price Inflation for Nondurables less food since 1989

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2011 (9.17%), 2015 (-9.13%), and 2009 (-7.97%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Nondurables less food:

Year 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
CPI 111.708 119.850 124.500 127.617 129.333 129.708 130.867 134.450 136.292 134.600 139.458 149.125 149.125 147.400 151.925 159.292 170.025 178.133 184.042 197.265 181.543 191.969 209.572 214.889 213.544 211.593 192.270 187.165 193.772 202.385

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Nondurables less food, 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 6.93%
2001 $20.00 0.00%
2002 $19.77 -1.16%
2003 $20.38 3.07%
2004 $21.36 4.85%
2005 $22.80 6.74%
2006 $23.89 4.77%
2007 $24.68 3.32%
2008 $26.46 7.18%
2009 $24.35 -7.97%
2010 $25.75 5.74%
2011 $28.11 9.17%
2012 $28.82 2.54%
2013 $28.64 -0.63%
2014 $28.38 -0.91%
2015 $25.79 -9.13%
2016 $25.10 -2.66%
2017 $25.99 3.53%
2018 $27.14 4.44%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for nondurables less food, 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 Nondurables less food was 149.125 in the year 2000 and 202.385 in 2018:

202.385 / 149.125 * $20 = $27.14

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $27.14 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Nondurables less food).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Nondurables less food in 1989. In addition to nondurables less food, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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