Other appliances priced at $20 in 1998 $13.36 in 2020

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Prices for Other Appliances, 1998-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for other appliances were 33.19% lower in 2020 versus 1998 (a $6.64 difference in value).

Between 1998 and 2020: Other appliances experienced an average inflation rate of -1.82% per year. In other words, other appliances costing $20 in the year 1998 would cost $13.36 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.10% during this same period, inflation for other appliances was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Other appliances since 1998

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2010 (-4.98%), 2004 (-4.88%), and 2002 (-4.53%).

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

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 101.183 97.392 94.917 91.450 87.308 83.533 79.458 77.883 77.300 76.766 75.315 77.291 73.438 72.798 71.698 70.575 69.067 67.687 66.237 65.254 65.261 66.816 67.601

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Buying power of $20 since 1998

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Other appliances, 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 -
1999 $19.25 -3.75%
2000 $18.76 -2.54%
2001 $18.08 -3.65%
2002 $17.26 -4.53%
2003 $16.51 -4.32%
2004 $15.71 -4.88%
2005 $15.39 -1.98%
2006 $15.28 -0.75%
2007 $15.17 -0.69%
2008 $14.89 -1.89%
2009 $15.28 2.62%
2010 $14.52 -4.98%
2011 $14.39 -0.87%
2012 $14.17 -1.51%
2013 $13.95 -1.57%
2014 $13.65 -2.14%
2015 $13.38 -2.00%
2016 $13.09 -2.14%
2017 $12.90 -1.48%
2018 $12.90 0.01%
2019 $13.21 2.38%
2020 $13.36 1.17%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for other appliances, 1998-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1998 * 1998 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Other appliances was 101.183 in the year 1998 and 67.601 in 2020:

67.601 / 101.183 * $20 = $13.36

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1998 has the same "purchasing power" as $13.36 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Other appliances).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Other appliances in 1998. In addition to other appliances, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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