Recreational reading materials priced at $20 in 1987 $41.02 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Recreational reading materials

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Prices for Recreational Reading Materials, 1987-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recreational reading materials were 105.09% higher in 2018 versus 1987 (a $21.02 difference in value).

Between 1987 and 2018: Recreational reading materials experienced an average inflation rate of 2.34% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, recreational reading materials costing $20 in the year 1987 would cost $41.02 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.59% during this same period, inflation for recreational reading materials was lower.

In the year 1987: Pricing changed by 3.35%, which is above the average yearly change for recreational reading materials during the 1987-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1987 (3.66%), inflation for recreational reading materials was lower.

Price Inflation for Recreational reading materials since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (10.90%), 1981 (10.58%), and 1982 (9.84%).

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

Year 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 63.300 65.138 70.046 77.685 85.900 94.354 101.177 104.477 110.685 115.615 119.492 124.277 129.531 136.154 144.715 150.862 156.200 161.331 168.115 176.408 179.008 184.123 186.100 188.285 191.438 195.769 197.508 201.177 203.915 205.338 207.330 211.981 220.277 220.671 219.613 223.884 231.969 236.675 240.685 240.665 241.549 245.072

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Buying power of $20 since 1987

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recreational reading materials, over time, for $20 beginning in 1987. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1987 $20.00 3.35%
1988 $20.80 4.00%
1989 $21.68 4.23%
1990 $22.79 5.11%
1991 $24.22 6.29%
1992 $25.25 4.25%
1993 $26.14 3.54%
1994 $27.00 3.28%
1995 $28.14 4.21%
1996 $29.53 4.93%
1997 $29.96 1.47%
1998 $30.82 2.86%
1999 $31.15 1.07%
2000 $31.51 1.17%
2001 $32.04 1.68%
2002 $32.77 2.26%
2003 $33.06 0.89%
2004 $33.67 1.86%
2005 $34.13 1.36%
2006 $34.37 0.70%
2007 $34.70 0.97%
2008 $35.48 2.24%
2009 $36.87 3.91%
2010 $36.93 0.18%
2011 $36.76 -0.48%
2012 $37.47 1.94%
2013 $38.83 3.61%
2014 $39.61 2.03%
2015 $40.28 1.69%
2016 $40.28 -0.01%
2017 $40.43 0.37%
2018 $41.02 1.46%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for recreational reading materials, 1987-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1987 * 1987 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Recreational reading materials was 119.492 in the year 1987 and 245.072 in 2018:

245.072 / 119.492 * $20 = $41.02

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1987 has the same "purchasing power" as $41.02 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Recreational reading materials).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Recreational reading materials in 1977. In addition to recreational reading materials, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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