Household operations priced at $20 in 1997 $38.90 in 2019

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Prices for Household Operations, 1997-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for household operations were 94.49% higher in 2019 versus 1997 (a $18.90 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2019: Household operations experienced an average inflation rate of 3.07% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, household operations costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $38.90 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.14% during this same period, inflation for household operations was higher.

Price Inflation for Household operations since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2000 (5.72%), 2018 (5.50%), and 2008 (4.92%).

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

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 100.000 101.531 104.500 110.477 115.554 118.969 121.838 125.008 130.262 136.569 140.621 147.542 150.265 150.260 151.796 155.152 157.647 161.574 166.945 171.600 176.290 185.988 194.489

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Buying power of $20 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Household operations, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1997 $20.00 -
1998 $20.31 1.53%
1999 $20.90 2.92%
2000 $22.10 5.72%
2001 $23.11 4.60%
2002 $23.79 2.96%
2003 $24.37 2.41%
2004 $25.00 2.60%
2005 $26.05 4.20%
2006 $27.31 4.84%
2007 $28.12 2.97%
2008 $29.51 4.92%
2009 $30.05 1.85%
2010 $30.05 0.00%
2011 $30.36 1.02%
2012 $31.03 2.21%
2013 $31.53 1.61%
2014 $32.31 2.49%
2015 $33.39 3.32%
2016 $34.32 2.79%
2017 $35.26 2.73%
2018 $37.20 5.50%
2019 $38.90 4.57%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for household operations, 1997-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Household operations was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 194.489 in 2019:

194.489 / 100.000 * $20 = $38.90

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $38.90 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Household operations).


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

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