Utilities and public transportation priced at $20 in 1975 $92.78 in 2017

Historical Price Inflation for Utilities and public transportation

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Prices for Utilities And Public Transportation, 1975-2017 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for utilities and public transportation were 78.44% lower in 1975 versus 2017.

Between 1975 and 2017: Utilities and public transportation experienced an average inflation rate of 3.72% per year. In other words, utilities and public transportation costing $20 in the year 1975 would cost $92.78 in 2017 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.67% during this same period, utilities and public transportation inflation was similar.

In the year 1975: Pricing changed by 9.88%, significantly above the average yearly change for utilities and public transportation during the 1975-2017 time period. Compared to overall inflation for all items in 1975 (8.38%), price inflation for utilities and public transportation was higher.

Price Inflation for Utilities and public transportation since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (12.96%), 1980 (12.47%), and 1982 (11.04%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Utilities and public transportation:

Year 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
CPI 25.046 26.015 26.708 27.608 28.146 28.523 28.746 28.962 29.008 29.223 29.754 30.315 31.415 33.408 35.708 37.438 38.685 42.115 46.731 51.223 55.731 59.262 63.369 72.400 83.177 93.500 100.592 105.892 109.038 110.954 111.138 112.808 116.638 121.100 125.854 128.892 134.623 136.838 138.315 142.162 145.915 146.008 147.262 152.569 161.000 158.354 164.331 167.469 176.585 186.715 191.340 202.783 200.337 203.061 206.541 207.469 212.115 216.730 214.816 215.216 216.792

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How to calculate the inflation rate for utilities and public transportation, 1975-2017

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1975 * 1975 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Utilities and public transportation was 46.731 in the year 1975 and 216.792 in 2017:

216.792 / 46.731 * $20 = $92.78

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1975 has the same "purchasing power" as $92.78 in 2017 (in the category of Utilities and public transportation).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Utilities and public transportation in 1957. In addition to utilities and public transportation, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of other goods and services.

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