All items less energy priced at $20 in 1984 $50.19 in 2019

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Prices for All Items Less Energy, 1984-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less energy were 150.97% higher in 2019 versus 1984 (a $30.19 difference in value).

Between 1984 and 2019: All items less energy experienced an average inflation rate of 2.66% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, all items less energy costing $20 in the year 1984 would cost $50.19 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.61% during this same period, inflation for all items less energy was higher.

Price Inflation for All items less energy since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1990 (5.15%), 1989 (4.77%), and 1991 (4.58%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for All items less energy:

Year 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 104.300 108.367 112.567 117.200 122.300 128.133 134.733 140.900 145.433 149.967 154.100 158.667 163.133 167.067 170.867 174.433 178.633 183.533 187.667 190.600 194.433 198.733 203.700 208.925 214.751 218.433 220.458 224.806 229.717 233.633 237.952 242.313 246.963 251.157 256.261 261.762

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Buying power of $20 since 1984

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for All items less energy, over time, for $20 beginning in 1984. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1984 $20.00 -
1985 $20.78 3.90%
1986 $21.59 3.88%
1987 $22.47 4.12%
1988 $23.45 4.35%
1989 $24.57 4.77%
1990 $25.84 5.15%
1991 $27.02 4.58%
1992 $27.89 3.22%
1993 $28.76 3.12%
1994 $29.55 2.76%
1995 $30.43 2.96%
1996 $31.28 2.82%
1997 $32.04 2.41%
1998 $32.76 2.27%
1999 $33.45 2.09%
2000 $34.25 2.41%
2001 $35.19 2.74%
2002 $35.99 2.25%
2003 $36.55 1.56%
2004 $37.28 2.01%
2005 $38.11 2.21%
2006 $39.06 2.50%
2007 $40.06 2.57%
2008 $41.18 2.79%
2009 $41.89 1.71%
2010 $42.27 0.93%
2011 $43.11 1.97%
2012 $44.05 2.18%
2013 $44.80 1.70%
2014 $45.63 1.85%
2015 $46.46 1.83%
2016 $47.36 1.92%
2017 $48.16 1.70%
2018 $49.14 2.03%
2019 $50.19 2.15%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for all items less energy, 1984-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1984 * 1984 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items less energy was 104.300 in the year 1984 and 261.762 in 2019:

261.762 / 104.300 * $20 = $50.19

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1984 has the same "purchasing power" as $50.19 in 2019 (in the CPI category of All items less energy).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for All items less energy in 1984. In addition to all items less energy, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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