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Question: Where can I find data on inflation (including cost of living, CPI, PPI, etc.)?
Answer:

Detailed information on the Consumer Price Index is available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/. An inflation calculator is provided. A page at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' website also calculates inflation using the CPI; see http://minneapolisfed.org/Research/data/us/calc/index.cfm.

These public websites allow you to compare the cost of living in different cities:
BankRate.com: http://www.bankrate.com/brm/movecalc.asp
HomeFair.com: http://www.homefair.com/find_a_place/calculators/salarycalc/index.asp?cc=1
CNNMoney: http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/costofliving/costofliving.html

Detailed information on the Producer Price Index is available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website at http://www.bls.gov/ppi/.

Information on the cost of living for individual cities and broken down by specific items can be found in the quarterly ACCRA Cost of Living Index, shelved in the Bruno Library's periodicals area on the first (middle) floor. (This is the same data used for the BankRate.com calculator listed above.)

Other printed volumes in the Bruno Library's reference area on the first (middle) floor give the Value of a Dollar for the period 1600-1865 (shelved at call number HB 235.U6 D47 2005) and for the period 1860-1999 (shelved at call number HB 235.U6 V35 1999).


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