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Personal Inflation Index (First Edition)

This is the first edition of a personal inflation calculator, which shows how changes in the cost of living may be different for households of different types.

Inflation measures how much the cost of living of an average household increases over time. But YOUR cost of living may be rising faster than the average. Put information about your household in the calculator below to find out if this is true:

If the Personal Inflation Rate shown above is higher than the average inflation rate, it means that your cost of living is increasing faster than that of the average household. This happens because prices rose faster for the types of goods and services purchased by households with similar characteristics as yours. If the Personal Inflation Index is lower than the average inflation rate, then the opposite is true.

The data for this calculator is based on 2009-2010 price changes and consumer spending data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you have any questions about the use of this calculator, or the methodology behind our estimates, please contact the Local Economy Center at 717-358-4738 or .


Coming Soon: Second Edition

The Local Economy Center is developing the Second Edition of the Personal Inflation Calculator, which will show differences in cost of living changes for households categorized by many factors, such as:

  • Income
  • Hours Worked
  • Ages of Household Members
  • Number of Children
  • Gender of Householder
  • Race and Ethnicity of Householder
  • Vehicle Ownership
  • Home Ownership
  • Size of Home
  • Utilities
  • Education
  • Urban and Rural
  • Region of Country