Recreation priced at $20 in 2000 $23.03 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Recreation

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Prices for Recreation, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recreation were 15.16% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $3.03 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Recreation experienced an average inflation rate of 0.79% per year. In other words, recreation costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $23.03 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for recreation was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 1.31%, which is above the average yearly change for recreation during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for recreation was lower.

Price Inflation for Recreation since 1993

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1996 (3.07%), 1997 (2.26%), and 1994 (2.17%).

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

Year 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 90.733 92.700 94.533 97.433 99.633 101.067 102.000 103.333 104.900 106.200 107.533 108.600 109.367 110.933 111.443 113.254 114.272 113.313 113.357 114.703 115.266 115.543 115.941 116.984 118.504 118.997

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recreation, 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 1.31%
2001 $20.30 1.52%
2002 $20.55 1.24%
2003 $20.81 1.26%
2004 $21.02 0.99%
2005 $21.17 0.71%
2006 $21.47 1.43%
2007 $21.57 0.46%
2008 $21.92 1.62%
2009 $22.12 0.90%
2010 $21.93 -0.84%
2011 $21.94 0.04%
2012 $22.20 1.19%
2013 $22.31 0.49%
2014 $22.36 0.24%
2015 $22.44 0.34%
2016 $22.64 0.90%
2017 $22.94 1.30%
2018 $23.03 0.42%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for recreation, 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 Recreation was 103.333 in the year 2000 and 118.997 in 2018:

118.997 / 103.333 * $20 = $23.03

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $23.03 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Recreation).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Recreation in 1993. In addition to recreation, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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