Postage and delivery services priced at $20 in 1998 $40.10 in 2020

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Prices for Postage And Delivery Services, 1998-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for postage and delivery services were 100.51% higher in 2020 versus 1998 (a $20.10 difference in value).

Between 1998 and 2020: Postage and delivery services experienced an average inflation rate of 3.21% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, postage and delivery services costing $20 in the year 1998 would cost $40.10 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.10% during this same period, inflation for postage and delivery services was higher.

Price Inflation for Postage and delivery services since 1998

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2013 (6.04%), 2002 (5.89%), and 2006 (5.35%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Postage and delivery services:

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 100.067 103.092 103.233 107.333 113.650 119.342 119.858 120.158 126.592 130.100 135.511 141.243 145.989 152.163 157.700 167.230 174.118 174.610 175.623 180.327 184.973 194.792 200.640

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Buying power of $20 since 1998

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Postage and delivery services, over time, for $20 beginning in 1998. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1998 $20.00 -
1999 $20.60 3.02%
2000 $20.63 0.14%
2001 $21.45 3.97%
2002 $22.71 5.89%
2003 $23.85 5.01%
2004 $23.96 0.43%
2005 $24.02 0.25%
2006 $25.30 5.35%
2007 $26.00 2.77%
2008 $27.08 4.16%
2009 $28.23 4.23%
2010 $29.18 3.36%
2011 $30.41 4.23%
2012 $31.52 3.64%
2013 $33.42 6.04%
2014 $34.80 4.12%
2015 $34.90 0.28%
2016 $35.10 0.58%
2017 $36.04 2.68%
2018 $36.97 2.58%
2019 $38.93 5.31%
2020 $40.10 3.00%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for postage and delivery services, 1998-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1998 * 1998 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Postage and delivery services was 100.067 in the year 1998 and 200.640 in 2020:

200.640 / 100.067 * $20 = $40.10

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1998 has the same "purchasing power" as $40.10 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Postage and delivery services).


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

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