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Prices and Wages by Decade: 2000-2009

Links to government documents and primary sources listing retail prices for products and services, as well as wages for common occupations.

Wages in the United States, 2000-2009

Wages by occupation and industry 2000-2009

Wages by location for selected occupations, 2000-2009

Non-wage forms of income, 2000-2009

Prices in the United States, 2000-2009

PRICES for FOOD, 2000s

PRICES for HOUSING and UTILITIES, 2000s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 2000s

GASOLINE and DIESEL FUEL

PRICES for SERVICES, 2000s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 2000s

In 2000, 34% of people aged 18-24 were enrolled in college (U.S. Census) and 25.6% of people aged 25 years or older have completed 4 years (U.S. Census, Table A-2).

ENTERTAINMENT PRICES, 2000-2010

Inflation and buying power, 2000s

What is the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

"The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of consumer goods and services" with respect to a given base year with value 100. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is inflation?

As measured with CPI, it is the percent change in the CPI between two different years, showing the "annual percentage change in the cost to the average consumer of acquiring a basket of goods and services". Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

CPI Inflation Formula: CPIx-1-CPIxCPIx*100

Quotable facts for the 2000-2009 decade

In the United States...

  • Minimum wage was $5.15 per hour in the year 2000. Source: U.S. Dept of Labor
  • The median money income of families in the US in 2000 was $50,732. Source: US Census Bureau
  • The average earnings of year-round, full-time workers in the US in 2009 was $62,445 for men and $44,857 for women. Source: US Census Bureau
  • Homes had a median value of $119,600 in 2000. Source: US Census Bureau
  • College education at 4-year, public universities cost an average of $9199 for tuition, fees, room & board in 2001-02. Source: U.S. Dept of Education.
  • Coffee cost an average of $3.50  per pound in 2000. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 
  • New cars cost an average of $19,559 in 2000. Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • There were 1.12 vehicles per licensed driver in the US in 2000. Source: U.S. Dept of Energy
  • In 2000, 18.3% of U.S.households had 3 or more vehicles, compared to 2.5% in 1960. Source: U.S. Dept of Energy
  • Gasoline cost an average of $1.51 per gallon in 2000. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • Prescription drugs frequently used by Medicare beneficiaries increased in price 24% from 2000 to 2004.  Source: U.S. GAO.
  • Out-of-pocket health expenditures averaged $714.14 in 2000. This was 17.3% of the total $4,128 annual health care cost per person. Source: NCHS
  • The average annual per-capita health expenditure was 32.02 times more in 2000 than 1960. Compare this to the broader inflation rate of 5.761 for this same time period. Source: NCHS and U.S. BLS

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