Water and sewer and trash collection services priced at $20 in 1997 $50.49 in 2020

Water And Sewer And Trash Collection Services Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Water And Sewer And Trash Collection Services, 1997-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for water and sewer and trash collection services were 152.46% higher in 2020 versus 1997 (a $30.49 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2020: Water and sewer and trash collection services experienced an average inflation rate of 4.11% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, water and sewer and trash collection services costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $50.49 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.10% during this same period, inflation for water and sewer and trash collection services was higher.

Price Inflation for Water and sewer and trash collection services since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2010 (6.04%), 2009 (5.93%), and 2008 (5.85%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Water and sewer and trash collection 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
CPI 100.000 101.638 103.977 106.538 109.554 113.038 117.162 123.977 130.338 136.785 143.706 152.117 161.145 170.885 179.576 189.296 197.646 204.895 213.966 221.659 229.106 237.134 244.657 252.459

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Buying power of $20 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Water and sewer and trash collection services, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1997 $20.00 -
1998 $20.33 1.64%
1999 $20.80 2.30%
2000 $21.31 2.46%
2001 $21.91 2.83%
2002 $22.61 3.18%
2003 $23.43 3.65%
2004 $24.80 5.82%
2005 $26.07 5.13%
2006 $27.36 4.95%
2007 $28.74 5.06%
2008 $30.42 5.85%
2009 $32.23 5.93%
2010 $34.18 6.04%
2011 $35.92 5.09%
2012 $37.86 5.41%
2013 $39.53 4.41%
2014 $40.98 3.67%
2015 $42.79 4.43%
2016 $44.33 3.60%
2017 $45.82 3.36%
2018 $47.43 3.50%
2019 $48.93 3.17%
2020 $50.49 3.19%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for water and sewer and trash collection services, 1997-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Water and sewer and trash collection services was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 252.459 in 2020:

252.459 / 100.000 * $20 = $50.49

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $50.49 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Water and sewer and trash collection services).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Water and sewer and trash collection services in 1997. In addition to water and sewer and trash collection 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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