Postage and delivery services priced at $20 in 2004 $34.71 in 2021

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Prices for Postage And Delivery Services, 2004-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for postage and delivery services were 73.55% higher in 2021 versus 2004 (a $14.71 difference in value).

Between 2004 and 2021: Postage and delivery services experienced an average inflation rate of 3.30% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, postage and delivery services costing $20 in the year 2004 would cost $34.71 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.97% during this same period, inflation for postage and delivery services was higher.

In the year 2004: Pricing changed by 0.38%, which is below the average yearly change for postage and delivery services during the 2004-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2004 (2.68%), inflation for postage and delivery services was lower.

Price Inflation for Postage and delivery services since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2013 (6.06%), 2002 (5.92%), and 2006 (5.35%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Postage and delivery services:

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 100.000 100.085 103.085 103.192 107.315 113.669 119.369 119.823 120.169 126.592 130.103 135.492 141.154 145.909 152.161 157.702 167.261 174.154 174.602 175.610 180.295 184.936 194.763 202.691 207.957

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Buying power of $20 since 2004

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Postage and delivery services, over time, for $20 beginning in 2004. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2004 $20.00 0.38%
2005 $20.06 0.29%
2006 $21.13 5.35%
2007 $21.72 2.77%
2008 $22.62 4.14%
2009 $23.56 4.18%
2010 $24.35 3.37%
2011 $25.40 4.28%
2012 $26.32 3.64%
2013 $27.92 6.06%
2014 $29.07 4.12%
2015 $29.14 0.26%
2016 $29.31 0.58%
2017 $30.09 2.67%
2018 $30.87 2.57%
2019 $32.51 5.31%
2020 $33.83 4.07%
2021 $34.71 2.60%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for postage and delivery services, 2004-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 2004 * 2004 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Postage and delivery services was 119.823 in the year 2004 and 207.957 in 2021:

207.957 / 119.823 * $20 = $34.71

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2004 has the same "purchasing power" as $34.71 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Postage and delivery services).


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

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