Recreational books priced at $20 in 2000 $19.09 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Recreational books

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Prices for Recreational Books, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recreational books were 4.56% lower in 2018 versus 2000 (a $0.91 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Recreational books experienced an average inflation rate of -0.26% per year. In other words, recreational books costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $19.09 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for recreational books was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -0.15%, which is above the average yearly change for recreational books during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for recreational books was much lower.

Price Inflation for Recreational books since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2017 (-3.02%), 2002 (3%), and 1998 (2.42%).

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

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.000 102.415 100.892 100.738 101.908 104.962 104.123 104.331 103.915 103.262 104.120 105.886 106.885 105.781 103.290 101.287 101.010 100.063 100.560 98.825 95.841 96.140

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recreational books, 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 -0.15%
2001 $20.23 1.16%
2002 $20.84 3.00%
2003 $20.67 -0.80%
2004 $20.71 0.20%
2005 $20.63 -0.40%
2006 $20.50 -0.63%
2007 $20.67 0.83%
2008 $21.02 1.70%
2009 $21.22 0.94%
2010 $21.00 -1.03%
2011 $20.51 -2.35%
2012 $20.11 -1.94%
2013 $20.05 -0.27%
2014 $19.87 -0.94%
2015 $19.96 0.50%
2016 $19.62 -1.73%
2017 $19.03 -3.02%
2018 $19.09 0.31%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for recreational books, 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 Recreational books was 100.738 in the year 2000 and 96.140 in 2018:

96.140 / 100.738 * $20 = $19.09

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $19.09 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Recreational books).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Recreational books in 1997. In addition to recreational books, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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