Utilities and public transportation priced at $20 in 2005 $28.84 in 2023

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Prices for Utilities And Public Transportation, 2005-2023 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for utilities and public transportation are 44.19% higher in 2023 versus 2005 (a $8.84 difference in value).

Between 2005 and 2023: Utilities and public transportation experienced an average inflation rate of 2.05% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, utilities and public transportation costing $20 in the year 2005 would cost $28.84 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.49% during this same period, inflation for utilities and public transportation was lower.

In the year 2005: Pricing changed by 5.44%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for utilities and public transportation during the 2005-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2005 (3.39%), inflation for utilities and public transportation was higher.

Price Inflation for Utilities and public transportation since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (14.89%), 1980 (14.25%), and 1982 (12.41%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 2005

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Utilities and public transportation, over time, for $20 beginning in 2005. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.

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


Adjust utilities and public transportation prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 2005 * 2005 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Utilities and public transportation was 176.585 in the year 2005 and 254.623 in 2023:

254.623 / 176.585 * $20 = $28.84

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2005 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.84 in 2023 (in the CPI category of Utilities and public transportation).

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Utilities and public transportation in 1957. In addition to utilities and public 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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