Other intercity transportation priced at $20 in 1981 $38.76 in 2021

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Prices for Other Intercity Transportation, 1981-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for other intercity transportation were 93.78% higher in 2021 versus 1981 (a $18.76 difference in value).

Between 1981 and 2021: Other intercity transportation experienced an average inflation rate of 1.67% per year. In other words, other intercity transportation costing $20 in the year 1981 would cost $38.76 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.72% during this same period, inflation for other intercity transportation was lower.

In the year 1981: Pricing changed by 15.29%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for other intercity transportation during the 1981-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1981 (10.33%), inflation for other intercity transportation was much higher.

Price Inflation for Other intercity transportation since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (15.29%), 1980 (15%), and 1986 (9.36%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Other intercity 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 2021
CPI 58.623 63.531 73.062 84.231 92.000 100.038 107.938 114.700 125.438 126.654 132.600 138.515 143.338 149.015 152.492 150.892 152.838 153.323 155.977 155.069 160.423 160.554 156.338 154.392 154.977 150.054 146.408 148.562 154.631 153.884 156.969 148.162 152.508 153.489 152.102 154.034 152.913 152.858 158.297 159.644 160.175 159.111 152.093 163.223

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Buying power of $20 since 1981

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Other intercity transportation, over time, for $20 beginning in 1981. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1981 $20.00 15.29%
1982 $21.84 9.22%
1983 $23.75 8.74%
1984 $25.63 7.90%
1985 $27.23 6.26%
1986 $29.78 9.36%
1987 $30.07 0.97%
1988 $31.48 4.69%
1989 $32.89 4.46%
1990 $34.03 3.48%
1991 $35.38 3.96%
1992 $36.21 2.33%
1993 $35.83 -1.05%
1994 $36.29 1.29%
1995 $36.41 0.32%
1996 $37.04 1.73%
1997 $36.82 -0.58%
1998 $38.09 3.45%
1999 $38.12 0.08%
2000 $37.12 -2.63%
2001 $36.66 -1.24%
2002 $36.80 0.38%
2003 $35.63 -3.18%
2004 $34.76 -2.43%
2005 $35.27 1.47%
2006 $36.72 4.09%
2007 $36.54 -0.48%
2008 $37.27 2.00%
2009 $35.18 -5.61%
2010 $36.21 2.93%
2011 $36.44 0.64%
2012 $36.12 -0.90%
2013 $36.57 1.27%
2014 $36.31 -0.73%
2015 $36.30 -0.04%
2016 $37.59 3.56%
2017 $37.91 0.85%
2018 $38.03 0.33%
2019 $37.78 -0.66%
2020 $36.11 -4.41%
2021 $38.76 7.32%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for other intercity transportation, 1981-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1981 * 1981 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Other intercity transportation was 84.231 in the year 1981 and 163.223 in 2021:

163.223 / 84.231 * $20 = $38.76

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1981 has the same "purchasing power" as $38.76 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Other intercity transportation).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Other intercity transportation in 1978. In addition to other intercity 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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