Delivery services priced at $20 in 1998 $64.84 in 2021

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Prices for Delivery Services, 1998-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for delivery services were 224.22% higher in 2021 versus 1998 (a $44.84 difference in value).

Between 1998 and 2021: Delivery services experienced an average inflation rate of 5.25% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, delivery services costing $20 in the year 1998 would cost $64.84 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.14% during this same period, inflation for delivery services was significantly higher.

In the year 1998: Pricing changed by 3.62%, which is below the average yearly change for delivery services during the 1998-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1998 (1.55%), inflation for delivery services was higher.

Price Inflation for Delivery services since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2008 (14.70%), 2010 (14.17%), and 2011 (11.71%).

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

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CPI 100.000 103.615 108.738 114.531 122.977 127.862 134.869 150.069 160.231 172.869 183.936 210.976 197.832 225.869 252.310 265.675 274.818 283.165 283.094 277.299 290.356 309.476 318.328 320.157 335.941

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Buying power of $20 since 1998

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Delivery services, over time, for $20 beginning in 1998. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1998 $20.00 3.62%
1999 $20.99 4.94%
2000 $22.11 5.33%
2001 $23.74 7.37%
2002 $24.68 3.97%
2003 $26.03 5.48%
2004 $28.97 11.27%
2005 $30.93 6.77%
2006 $33.37 7.89%
2007 $35.50 6.40%
2008 $40.72 14.70%
2009 $38.19 -6.23%
2010 $43.60 14.17%
2011 $48.70 11.71%
2012 $51.28 5.30%
2013 $53.05 3.44%
2014 $54.66 3.04%
2015 $54.64 -0.03%
2016 $53.52 -2.05%
2017 $56.04 4.71%
2018 $59.74 6.58%
2019 $61.44 2.86%
2020 $61.80 0.57%
2021 $64.84 4.93%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for delivery services, 1998-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1998 * 1998 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Delivery services was 103.615 in the year 1998 and 335.941 in 2021:

335.941 / 103.615 * $20 = $64.84

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1998 has the same "purchasing power" as $64.84 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Delivery services).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Delivery services in 1997. In addition to delivery services, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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