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Prices for Moving Expenses, 2015-2018 ($200)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for moving, storage, freight expense were
17.35% higher
in 2018 versus 2015 (a $34.69 difference in value).

**Between 2015 and 2018:** Moving expenses experienced an average inflation rate of 5.48% per year.
This rate of change indicates significant inflation.
In other words, moving expenses costing $200 in the year 2015 would cost $234.69 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase.
Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.87% during this same period, inflation for moving expenses was
significantly higher.

**In the year 2015:** Pricing changed by 6.36%, which is
above the average yearly
change for moving expenses during the 2015-2018 time period.
Compared to inflation for all items in 2015 (0.12%), inflation for moving expenses was
much higher.

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Price Inflation for Moving, storage, freight expense since 1998

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Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Years with the largest changes in pricing:
2016 *(10.12%)*,
2015 *(6.36%)*,
and 2018 *(5.39%)*.

### Buying power of $200 since 2015

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Moving expenses, over time, for $200 beginning in 2015. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

### How to calculate the inflation rate for moving expenses, 2015-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2015 * 2015 USD value = 2018 USD value
Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for

Moving, storage, freight expense was 140.982 in the year 2015 and 165.438 in 2018:

165.438 / 140.982 * $200 = **$234.69**
Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $200 in 2015 has the same "purchasing power" as $234.69 in 2018 (in the CPI category of

Moving, storage, freight expense).

**Source:** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the

Consumer Price Index for Moving, storage, freight expense in 1998. In addition to moving expenses, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.