Correlations: Paying More for Health Care and College Tuition

While median household income has fallen 5.7 percent since 2008, the price of goods and services tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has increased 7 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis through July of this year. Cigarettes, health care, and college tuition cost a lot more. Still, it’s cheaper to buy a wide-screen television and toys—and to fill your gas tank.

Applegate is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow him on Twitter @evanapplegate.
Kolet is a reporter for Bloomberg News.

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