Intracity transportation priced at $20 in 1978 $110.17 in 2020

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Prices for Intracity Transportation, 1978-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for intracity transportation were 450.85% higher in 2020 versus 1978 (a $90.17 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2020: Intracity transportation experienced an average inflation rate of 4.15% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, intracity transportation costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $110.17 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.34% during this same period, inflation for intracity transportation was higher.

Price Inflation for Intracity transportation since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (22.98%), 1980 (15.10%), and 1982 (11.79%).

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

Year 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 2018 2019 2020
CPI 57.562 60.585 69.731 85.754 95.862 98.992 105.162 107.654 115.769 118.800 121.654 125.231 133.469 138.915 146.892 150.692 152.700 157.462 173.223 175.769 174.215 172.438 174.885 180.138 184.131 197.354 208.908 218.531 225.938 230.623 239.840 251.083 261.045 273.302 281.733 293.787 297.427 303.872 308.912 314.291 319.821 323.311 317.080

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Buying power of $20 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Intracity transportation, over time, for $20 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1978 $20.00 -
1979 $21.05 5.25%
1980 $24.23 15.10%
1981 $29.80 22.98%
1982 $33.31 11.79%
1983 $34.40 3.27%
1984 $36.54 6.23%
1985 $37.40 2.37%
1986 $40.22 7.54%
1987 $41.28 2.62%
1988 $42.27 2.40%
1989 $43.51 2.94%
1990 $46.37 6.58%
1991 $48.27 4.08%
1992 $51.04 5.74%
1993 $52.36 2.59%
1994 $53.06 1.33%
1995 $54.71 3.12%
1996 $60.19 10.01%
1997 $61.07 1.47%
1998 $60.53 -0.88%
1999 $59.91 -1.02%
2000 $60.76 1.42%
2001 $62.59 3.00%
2002 $63.98 2.22%
2003 $68.57 7.18%
2004 $72.59 5.85%
2005 $75.93 4.61%
2006 $78.50 3.39%
2007 $80.13 2.07%
2008 $83.33 4.00%
2009 $87.24 4.69%
2010 $90.70 3.97%
2011 $94.96 4.70%
2012 $97.89 3.08%
2013 $102.08 4.28%
2014 $103.34 1.24%
2015 $105.58 2.17%
2016 $107.33 1.66%
2017 $109.20 1.74%
2018 $111.12 1.76%
2019 $112.34 1.09%
2020 $110.17 -1.93%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for intracity transportation, 1978-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Intracity transportation was 57.562 in the year 1978 and 317.080 in 2020:

317.080 / 57.562 * $20 = $110.17

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $110.17 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Intracity transportation).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Intracity transportation in 1978. In addition to intracity transportation, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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