Communication priced at $20 in 2002 $16.42 in 2022

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Prices for Communication, 2002-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for communication are 17.90% lower in 2022 versus 2002 (a $3.58 difference in value).

Between 2002 and 2022: Communication experienced an average inflation rate of -0.98% per year. In other words, communication costing $20 in the year 2002 would cost $16.42 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.39% during this same period, inflation for communication was significantly lower.

In the year 2002: Pricing changed by -1.11%, which is below the average yearly change for communication during the 2002-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2002 (1.59%), inflation for communication was lower.

Price Inflation for Communication since 1993

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2017 (-5.34%), 2004 (-3.36%), and 2003 (-2.80%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 2002

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Communication, over time, for $20 beginning in 2002. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2002$20.00-1.11%
2003$19.44-2.80%
2004$18.79-3.36%
2005$18.36-2.26%
2006$18.23-0.71%
2007$18.07-0.91%
2008$18.240.98%
2009$18.410.91%
2010$18.35-0.32%
2011$18.06-1.58%
2012$18.00-0.34%
2013$17.90-0.54%
2014$17.78-0.67%
2015$17.38-2.26%
2016$17.17-1.21%
2017$16.25-5.34%
2018$16.01-1.52%
2019$15.86-0.92%
2020$16.141.79%
2021$16.441.84%
2022$16.42-0.11%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI96.73897.56298.83899.592100.31598.65495.98593.55493.33192.29289.70886.69284.73184.13183.36784.18584.95484.68183.34583.06082.61382.06380.20879.23675.00473.86273.18374.49175.86075.776

Adjust communication prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2002 * 2002 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Communication was 92.292 in the year 2002 and 75.776 in 2022:

75.776 / 92.292 * $20 = $16.42

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2002 has the same "purchasing power" as $16.42 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Communication).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Communication in 1993. In addition to communication, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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