Postage priced at $20 in 2000 $35.08 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Postage

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Prices for Postage, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for postage were 75.42% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $15.08 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Postage experienced an average inflation rate of 3.17% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, postage costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $35.08 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for postage was higher.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 0%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for postage during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for postage was much lower.

Price Inflation for Postage since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1976 (26.73%), 1981 (17.32%), and 1971 (17.19%).

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

Year 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 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 12.900 12.900 12.900 12.900 12.900 12.900 12.900 12.900 12.900 14.200 14.800 14.700 14.500 14.500 15.680 15.700 16.180 17.700 18.080 19.300 19.300 19.300 19.400 21.040 22.700 23.580 23.740 23.900 27.820 28.533 28.600 28.820 29.680 34.020 34.700 34.900 40.900 43.400 43.400 50.492 51.946 65.831 66.800 72.285 76.200 76.200 89.400 100.000 100.000 100.000 108.792 110.200 110.200 121.377 125.100 125.100 143.615 145.300 145.300 145.300 160.300 160.300 160.300 160.300 165.100 165.100 171.531 181.800 190.900 190.900 190.900 201.100 206.067 213.098 223.608 229.846 238.703 247.124 262.592 273.728 274.517 276.581 283.659 289.612

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Postage, 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 -
2001 $20.78 3.90%
2002 $22.02 5.99%
2003 $23.13 5.01%
2004 $23.13 0.00%
2005 $23.13 0.00%
2006 $24.36 5.34%
2007 $24.96 2.47%
2008 $25.81 3.41%
2009 $27.09 4.93%
2010 $27.84 2.79%
2011 $28.92 3.85%
2012 $29.94 3.53%
2013 $31.81 6.26%
2014 $33.16 4.24%
2015 $33.25 0.29%
2016 $33.50 0.75%
2017 $34.36 2.56%
2018 $35.08 2.10%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for postage, 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 was 165.100 in the year 2000 and 289.612 in 2018:

289.612 / 165.100 * $20 = $35.08

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $35.08 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Postage).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Postage in 1935. In addition to postage, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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