Postage and delivery services priced at $20 in 2000 $35.80 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Postage and delivery services

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Prices for Postage And Delivery Services, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for postage and delivery services were 79% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $15.80 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Postage and delivery services experienced an average inflation rate of 3.29% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, postage and delivery services costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $35.80 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for postage and delivery services was higher.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 0.14%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for postage and delivery services during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for postage and delivery services was much lower.

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
CPI 100.067 103.092 103.233 107.333 113.650 119.342 119.858 120.158 126.592 130.100 135.511 141.243 145.989 152.163 157.700 167.230 174.116 174.581 175.600 180.304 184.783

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Postage and delivery services, 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 0.14%
2001 $20.79 3.97%
2002 $22.02 5.89%
2003 $23.12 5.01%
2004 $23.22 0.43%
2005 $23.28 0.25%
2006 $24.53 5.35%
2007 $25.21 2.77%
2008 $26.25 4.16%
2009 $27.36 4.23%
2010 $28.28 3.36%
2011 $29.48 4.23%
2012 $30.55 3.64%
2013 $32.40 6.04%
2014 $33.73 4.12%
2015 $33.82 0.27%
2016 $34.02 0.58%
2017 $34.93 2.68%
2018 $35.80 2.48%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for postage and delivery services, 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 Postage and delivery services was 103.233 in the year 2000 and 184.783 in 2018:

184.783 / 103.233 * $20 = $35.80

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $35.80 in 2018 (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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