Water and sewerage maintenance priced at $20 in 1952 $723.42 in 2020

Water And Sewerage Maintenance Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Water And Sewerage Maintenance, 1952-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for water and sewerage maintenance were 3,517.12% higher in 2020 versus 1952 (a $703.42 difference in value).

Between 1952 and 2020: Water and sewerage maintenance experienced an average inflation rate of 5.42% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, water and sewerage maintenance costing $20 in the year 1952 would cost $723.42 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.40% during this same period, inflation for water and sewerage maintenance was higher.

Price Inflation for Water and sewerage maintenance since 1952

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (11.99%), 1982 (11.89%), and 1955 (11.83%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Water and sewerage maintenance:

Year 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 2019 2020
CPI 16.100 16.300 16.900 18.900 19.250 20.700 22.050 22.900 23.700 24.350 24.850 25.800 26.267 27.000 27.820 28.540 29.960 31.815 34.300 37.954 39.415 41.577 44.046 48.354 53.692 59.523 66.192 69.246 73.954 82.823 92.669 100.377 106.962 113.377 119.454 125.838 132.723 140.762 150.154 161.131 172.077 181.415 190.569 196.508 204.508 209.992 217.300 221.969 227.531 234.577 242.454 251.715 268.100 283.423 297.238 312.635 331.326 354.434 380.729 402.868 428.627 449.730 468.074 492.945 513.652 532.844 550.738 568.120 582.357

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Buying power of $20 since 1952

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Water and sewerage maintenance, over time, for $20 beginning in 1952. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1952 $20.00 -
1953 $20.25 1.24%
1954 $20.99 3.68%
1955 $23.48 11.83%
1956 $23.91 1.85%
1957 $25.71 7.53%
1958 $27.39 6.52%
1959 $28.45 3.85%
1960 $29.44 3.49%
1961 $30.25 2.74%
1962 $30.87 2.05%
1963 $32.05 3.82%
1964 $32.63 1.81%
1965 $33.54 2.79%
1966 $34.56 3.04%
1967 $35.45 2.59%
1968 $37.22 4.98%
1969 $39.52 6.19%
1970 $42.61 7.81%
1971 $47.15 10.65%
1972 $48.96 3.85%
1973 $51.65 5.48%
1974 $54.72 5.94%
1975 $60.07 9.78%
1976 $66.70 11.04%
1977 $73.94 10.86%
1978 $82.23 11.20%
1979 $86.02 4.61%
1980 $91.87 6.80%
1981 $102.89 11.99%
1982 $115.12 11.89%
1983 $124.69 8.32%
1984 $132.87 6.56%
1985 $140.84 6.00%
1986 $148.39 5.36%
1987 $156.32 5.34%
1988 $164.87 5.47%
1989 $174.86 6.06%
1990 $186.53 6.67%
1991 $200.16 7.31%
1992 $213.76 6.79%
1993 $225.36 5.43%
1994 $236.73 5.05%
1995 $244.11 3.12%
1996 $254.05 4.07%
1997 $260.86 2.68%
1998 $269.94 3.48%
1999 $275.74 2.15%
2000 $282.65 2.51%
2001 $291.40 3.10%
2002 $301.18 3.36%
2003 $312.69 3.82%
2004 $333.04 6.51%
2005 $352.08 5.72%
2006 $369.24 4.87%
2007 $388.37 5.18%
2008 $411.58 5.98%
2009 $440.29 6.97%
2010 $472.96 7.42%
2011 $500.46 5.81%
2012 $532.46 6.39%
2013 $558.67 4.92%
2014 $581.46 4.08%
2015 $612.35 5.31%
2016 $638.08 4.20%
2017 $661.92 3.74%
2018 $684.15 3.36%
2019 $705.74 3.16%
2020 $723.42 2.51%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for water and sewerage maintenance, 1952-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Water and sewerage maintenance was 16.100 in the year 1952 and 582.357 in 2020:

582.357 / 16.100 * $20 = $723.42

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" as $723.42 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Water and sewerage maintenance).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Water and sewerage maintenance in 1952. In addition to water and sewerage maintenance, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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