Recreational books priced at $20 in 1997 $19.81 in 2022

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Prices for Recreational Books, 1997-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recreational books are 0.93% lower in 2022 versus 1997 (a $0.19 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2022: Recreational books experienced an average inflation rate of -0.04% per year. In other words, recreational books costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $19.81 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.40% during this same period, inflation for recreational books was 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 2020 (2.77%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recreational books, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1997$20.00-
1998$20.482.42%
1999$20.18-1.49%
2000$20.15-0.15%
2001$20.381.16%
2002$20.993.00%
2003$20.82-0.80%
2004$20.870.20%
2005$20.78-0.40%
2006$20.65-0.63%
2007$20.820.83%
2008$21.181.70%
2009$21.380.94%
2010$21.16-1.03%
2011$20.66-2.35%
2012$20.26-1.94%
2013$20.20-0.27%
2014$20.01-0.94%
2015$20.110.50%
2016$19.76-1.73%
2017$19.17-3.02%
2018$19.220.26%
2019$19.09-0.65%
2020$19.622.77%
2021$19.670.26%
2022$19.810.71%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.000102.415100.892100.738101.908104.962104.123104.331103.915103.262104.120105.886106.885105.781103.290101.287101.010100.063100.56098.82595.84196.09495.47498.11698.37299.075

Adjust recreational books prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Recreational books was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 99.075 in 2022:

99.075 / 100.000 * $20 = $19.81

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $19.81 in 2022 (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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