Education priced at $20 in 2001 $49.83 in 2024

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Prices for Education, 2001-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for education are 149.14% higher in 2024 versus 2001 (a $29.83 difference in value).

Between 2001 and 2024: Education experienced an average inflation rate of 4.05% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, education costing $20 in the year 2001 would cost $49.83 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.48% during this same period, inflation for education was higher.

In the year 2001: Pricing changed by 5.32%, which is above the average yearly change for education during the 2001-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2001 (2.83%), inflation for education was higher.

Price Inflation for Education since 1993

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2004 (6.96%), 2003 (6.66%), and 2002 (6.29%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 2001

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Education, over time, for $20 beginning in 2001. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2001$20.005.32%
2002$21.266.29%
2003$22.676.66%
2004$24.256.96%
2005$25.766.23%
2006$27.356.17%
2007$28.925.74%
2008$30.595.77%
2009$32.215.29%
2010$33.644.44%
2011$35.064.23%
2012$36.514.12%
2013$37.893.79%
2014$39.143.29%
2015$40.593.72%
2016$41.772.91%
2017$42.732.30%
2018$43.682.22%
2019$44.862.70%
2020$45.691.84%
2021$46.331.41%
2022$47.602.74%
2023$49.063.06%
2024$49.831.57%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year19931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI78.36983.27788.02392.67797.285102.108106.969112.531118.515125.969134.362143.715152.669162.085171.388181.277190.857199.337207.768216.328224.521231.914240.535247.526253.211258.840265.840270.731274.555282.070290.707295.274

Adjust education prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 2001 * 2001 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Education was 118.515 in the year 2001 and 295.274 in 2024:

295.274 / 118.515 * $20 = $49.83

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2001 has the same "purchasing power" as $49.83 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Education).


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

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