Public transport priced at $5 in 1991 $7.68 in 2020

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Prices for Public Transport, 1991-2020 ($5)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for public transportation were 53.60% higher in 2020 versus 1991 (a $2.68 difference in value).

Between 1991 and 2020: Public transport experienced an average inflation rate of 1.49% per year. In other words, public transport costing $5 in the year 1991 would cost $7.68 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.23% during this same period, inflation for public transport was lower.

In the year 1991: Pricing changed by 4.39%, which is above the average yearly change for public transport during the 1991-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1991 (4.23%), inflation for public transport was higher.

Price Inflation for Public transportation since 1989

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2020 (-11.81%), 1993 (10.33%), and 1990 (10.11%).

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

Year 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 129.558 142.658 148.925 151.325 166.950 171.958 175.883 181.908 186.725 190.342 197.667 209.492 210.600 207.342 209.275 209.067 217.217 226.492 230.033 250.442 236.431 251.400 269.438 271.468 278.999 276.370 268.786 265.434 263.058 258.693 259.375 228.753

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Buying power of $5 since 1991

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Public transport, over time, for $5 beginning in 1991. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1991 $5.00 4.39%
1992 $5.08 1.61%
1993 $5.61 10.33%
1994 $5.77 3.00%
1995 $5.91 2.28%
1996 $6.11 3.43%
1997 $6.27 2.65%
1998 $6.39 1.94%
1999 $6.64 3.85%
2000 $7.03 5.98%
2001 $7.07 0.53%
2002 $6.96 -1.55%
2003 $7.03 0.93%
2004 $7.02 -0.10%
2005 $7.29 3.90%
2006 $7.60 4.27%
2007 $7.72 1.56%
2008 $8.41 8.87%
2009 $7.94 -5.59%
2010 $8.44 6.33%
2011 $9.05 7.18%
2012 $9.11 0.75%
2013 $9.37 2.77%
2014 $9.28 -0.94%
2015 $9.02 -2.74%
2016 $8.91 -1.25%
2017 $8.83 -0.90%
2018 $8.69 -1.66%
2019 $8.71 0.26%
2020 $7.68 -11.81%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for public transport, 1991-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1991 * 1991 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Public transportation was 148.925 in the year 1991 and 228.753 in 2020:

228.753 / 148.925 * $5 = $7.68

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $5 in 1991 has the same "purchasing power" as $7.68 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Public transportation).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Public transportation in 1989. In addition to public transport, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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