From Social Security to school lunches, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics produces information that affects you and your family every day.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures price changes for major groups of goods and services. The CPI report presents price changes for food, energy, housing, apparel, transportation, medical care, recreation, and education. Average price data for the most popular items are available.
More than just a compilation of indexes, the CPI has many uses that affect American consumers. For example:
If you would like to see how inflation has affected your income over time, the CPI also provides an inflation calculator to illustrate buying power.
Consumer Expenditures show you how much Americans spend on things like gasoline and dining out.
You may be curious how people your age spend their money. In this table, you can compare your spending habits with the national averages for your age group. Check out these tables by income and higher levels of income.
You may be interested in how much households like yours spend on items like housing or entertainment. The tables on households with three people, four people, and five or more people will help you compare your family's spending to households with similar income.