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Monthly Consumer Price Index of all urban consumers in the U.S. January 2021

In January 2021, the unadjusted consumer price index (CPI) for urban consumers in the United States amounted to about 261.58. The data represents U.S. city averages. The base period was 1982-84=100. The CPI is defined by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics as "a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services".

The annual consumer price index for urban consumers in the U.S. can be accessed here.

Consumer Price Index

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) began in 1919 under the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is published every month. The CPI for all urban consumers includes urban households in Metropolitan Statistical Areas and regions with over 2,500 inhabitants, as well as non-farm consumers living in rural regions. This index was established in 1978 and includes about 80 percent of the U.S. population. The monthly CPI of urban consumers in the United States increased from 257.97 in January 2020 to 261.58 in January 2021. For these consumers, CPI can also differ between regions, with a high of 275.06 in the Western region as of 2020.

The CPI in the United States has increased steadily over the past two decades from 140.3 in 1992 to 258.81 in 2020. A forecast of the CPI expects this positive trend to continue, reaching 290.4 by 2025. As of January 2021, the CPI of the nation’s education had increased by 1.3 percent. In January 2021, costs of recreation, rent, housing, medical care, and food and beverages had increased, but prices for apparel, gasoline, and transportation had decreased. Comparatively, the CPI in Hong Kong reached 110.1 in 2019.

Monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) of all urban consumers in the U.S. from January 2020 to January 2021

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Source

Release date

February 2021

Region

United States

Survey time period

January 2020 to January 2021

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