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Prices and Wages by Decade: 2010-2019

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, 2010-2019

Non-wage sources of income, 2010-2019

Prices in the United States, 2010-2019

PRICES for FOOD and FUEL, 2010s

PRICES for HOUSING and REAL ESTATE, 2010s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 2010s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 2010s

ENTERTAINMENT PRICES, 2010-2019

MISCELLANEOUS PRICES, 2010s

Consumer expenditures, 2010-2019

Inflation and Buying Power, 2010s

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 2010-2019 decade

In the United States...

  • Minimum wage was $7.25 per hour for the entire 2010-2019 decade. Source: U.S. Department of Labor
  • In 2010, the median home value was $179,900. Source: US Census Bureau
  • Coffee cost an average of $3.85 per pound in July 2010. Source: U.S. BLS (use drop-down box to select year)
  • Public 4-year universities charged an average of $17,722 for tuition, fees, room & board for the 2010-2011 academic year. Source: U.S. Department of Education.
  • Prices of some popular cars in 2010:
    • The Toyota Camry was priced at $19,395 to $29,045. Source: Carfax
    • The Ford F-150 was priced at $21,380 to $46,500. Source: Carfax
    • The Honda Accord was priced at $21,055 to $31,305. Source: Carfax
  • A gallon of gasoline cost an average of $2.79 in 2010. Source: Energy Information Administration
  • Earnings for some common occupations in 2010:
    • Carpenters earned a mean annual wage of $43,890. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
    • Teachers earned an average of $55,202. Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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