Transportation priced at $20 in 2000 $27.55 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Transportation

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Prices for Transportation, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for transportation were 37.75% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $7.55 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Transportation experienced an average inflation rate of 1.80% per year. In other words, transportation costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $27.55 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for transportation was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 6.18%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for transportation during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for transportation was higher.

Price Inflation for Transportation since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (17.81%), 1979 (14.26%), and 1981 (12.11%).

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

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 14.200 14.267 14.560 14.620 14.300 14.220 14.760 16.020 15.920 15.900 15.900 16.860 18.454 20.577 22.115 22.685 24.138 25.731 26.469 26.085 25.769 26.231 27.692 28.608 29.792 29.785 30.123 30.754 30.923 31.385 31.900 32.354 33.277 34.338 35.662 37.492 39.462 39.923 41.185 45.800 50.100 55.085 58.969 61.731 70.531 83.092 93.154 96.992 99.308 103.715 106.454 102.315 105.408 108.662 114.100 120.515 123.831 126.538 130.362 134.300 139.108 143.031 144.277 141.554 144.400 153.331 154.254 152.862 157.562 163.100 173.908 180.862 184.682 195.549 179.252 193.396 212.366 217.337 217.412 215.939 199.067 194.894 201.565 211.220

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Transportation, 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 6.18%
2001 $20.12 0.60%
2002 $19.94 -0.90%
2003 $20.55 3.07%
2004 $21.27 3.52%
2005 $22.68 6.63%
2006 $23.59 4.00%
2007 $24.09 2.11%
2008 $25.51 5.88%
2009 $23.38 -8.33%
2010 $25.23 7.89%
2011 $27.70 9.81%
2012 $28.35 2.34%
2013 $28.36 0.03%
2014 $28.17 -0.68%
2015 $25.97 -7.81%
2016 $25.42 -2.10%
2017 $26.29 3.42%
2018 $27.55 4.79%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for transportation, 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 Transportation was 153.331 in the year 2000 and 211.220 in 2018:

211.220 / 153.331 * $20 = $27.55

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $27.55 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Transportation).


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

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