Water and sewer and trash collection services priced at $20 in 1997 $52.10 in 2021

Water And Sewer And Trash Collection Services Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Water And Sewer And Trash Collection Services, 1997-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for water and sewer and trash collection services were 160.50% higher in 2021 versus 1997 (a $32.10 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2021: Water and sewer and trash collection services experienced an average inflation rate of 4.07% 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 $52.10 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.18% 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 (6.05%), 2009 (5.94%), and 2008 (5.86%).

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 2021
CPI 100.100 101.650 103.992 106.525 109.542 113.042 117.183 123.983 130.333 136.783 143.696 152.115 161.148 170.898 179.584 189.295 197.646 204.900 213.972 221.661 229.106 237.131 244.652 252.455 260.760

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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 $20.31 1.55%
1999 $20.78 2.30%
2000 $21.28 2.44%
2001 $21.89 2.83%
2002 $22.59 3.20%
2003 $23.41 3.66%
2004 $24.77 5.80%
2005 $26.04 5.12%
2006 $27.33 4.95%
2007 $28.71 5.05%
2008 $30.39 5.86%
2009 $32.20 5.94%
2010 $34.15 6.05%
2011 $35.88 5.08%
2012 $37.82 5.41%
2013 $39.49 4.41%
2014 $40.94 3.67%
2015 $42.75 4.43%
2016 $44.29 3.59%
2017 $45.78 3.36%
2018 $47.38 3.50%
2019 $48.88 3.17%
2020 $50.44 3.19%
2021 $52.10 3.29%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for water and sewer and trash collection services, 1997-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Water and sewer and trash collection services was 100.100 in the year 1997 and 260.760 in 2021:

260.760 / 100.100 * $20 = $52.10

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $52.10 in 2021 (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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