Annual inflation rate in the United States from 1990 to 2014

This statistic shows the unadjusted annual inflation rate in the U.S. from 1990 to 2014. The data represents U.S. city averages. The base period was 1982-84. In economics, the inflation rate is a measure of inflation, the rate of increase of a price index (in the below case: consumer price index). It is the percentage rate of change in price level over time. The rate of decrease in the purchasing power of money is approximately equal. In 2014, prices went up by 1.6 percent compared to the previous year.


Inflation is a fundamental economic indicator, if an average pair of socks costs 100 dollars one year and 105 dollars the following year, the inflation rate is 5 percent. This means the purchasing power of the dollar has therefore decreased.

The purchasing power is the extent to which a person has available funds to make purchases. The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist since 1986 and simplifies the purchasing power of a country. Compared to Norway, where the price for a Big Mac was about 7.8 U.S. dollars, people living in India only have to pay 1.54 U.S. dollars.

People need to make sure they can sustain a certain standard of living and have to spent money for housing, food, health care and other goods and services. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the costs of living are highest in Zurich, which is the largest city in Switzerland, with a value of 170. Data from the Economist Intelligence Unit is based on the costs of living in New York, which has been given the value of 100.

As of 2012, Virginia is considered as the best state to make a living, the average income is about 43,667 U.S. dollars. Based on the same statistic, which was conducted by Money Rates, Washington and Texas were affordable states ranked second and third. People living in Washington have an average income of 43,662 U.S. dollars, while people from Texas have an average income of 42,816 U.S dollars.

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 Inflation rate
'90 5.4%
'91 4.2%
'92 3%
'93 3%
'94 2.6%
'95 2.8%
'96 3%
'97 2.3%
'98 1.6%
'99 2.2%
'00 3.4%
'01 2.8%
'02 1.6%
'03 2.3%
'04 2.7%
'05 3.4%
'06 3.2%
'07 2.8%
'08 3.8%
'09 -0.4%
'10 1.6%
'11 3.2%
'12 2.1%
'13 1.5%
'14 1.6%
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