Moving expenses priced at $200 in 1997 $368.99 in 2021

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Prices for Moving Expenses, 1997-2021 ($200)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for moving, storage, freight expense were 84.50% higher in 2021 versus 1997 (a $168.99 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2021: Moving expenses experienced an average inflation rate of 2.58% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, moving expenses costing $200 in the year 1997 would cost $368.99 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.08% during this same period, inflation for moving expenses was higher.

Price Inflation for Moving, storage, freight expense since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2016 (10.11%), 2015 (6.36%), and 2018 (5.90%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Moving, storage, freight expense:

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 100.000 102.177 105.054 109.162 113.692 116.569 119.254 120.854 126.369 129.500 129.372 129.866 126.399 124.900 124.509 128.457 130.121 132.595 141.028 155.287 156.980 166.249 173.543 176.478 184.496

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Buying power of $200 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Moving expenses, over time, for $200 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 $200.00 -
1998 $204.35 2.18%
1999 $210.11 2.82%
2000 $218.32 3.91%
2001 $227.38 4.15%
2002 $233.14 2.53%
2003 $238.51 2.30%
2004 $241.71 1.34%
2005 $252.74 4.56%
2006 $259.00 2.48%
2007 $258.74 -0.10%
2008 $259.73 0.38%
2009 $252.80 -2.67%
2010 $249.80 -1.19%
2011 $249.02 -0.31%
2012 $256.91 3.17%
2013 $260.24 1.30%
2014 $265.19 1.90%
2015 $282.06 6.36%
2016 $310.57 10.11%
2017 $313.96 1.09%
2018 $332.50 5.90%
2019 $347.09 4.39%
2020 $352.96 1.69%
2021 $368.99 4.54%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for moving expenses, 1997-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Moving, storage, freight expense was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 184.496 in 2021:

184.496 / 100.000 * $200 = $368.99

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $200 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $368.99 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Moving, storage, freight expense).


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

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