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Alternative Poverty Estimates in the United States - The CPI-U and the CPI-U-RS

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Consumer Price Index Research Series Using Current Methods (CPI-U-RS) are indexes that are used to adjust dollar amounts for inflation.

  • The CPI-U is used to adjust the official poverty thresholds for inflation, as instructed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Statistical Policy Directive 14.
  • The CPI-U-RS is a revised inflation index that uses current methods for computing inflation.

Both the CPI-U and CPI-U RS are computed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

For more information about the CPI-U-RS methodology, see the BLS's CPI-U-RS web page.
For more information about the CPI-U, and price indexes in general, see the BLS's CPI-U homepage.

For information about the price indexes used in Census Bureau income data, see Comparison of Trends in Income Using the CPI-U-RS and CPI-U-X1.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division: Poverty |  Last Revised: December 27, 2010