Gas priced at $4.02 in 1935 $108.85 in 2022

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Prices for Gas, 1935-2022 ($4.02)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for gasoline (all types) are 2,607.65% higher in 2022 versus 1935 (a $104.83 difference in value).

The current national average price is $4.02 for "Gasoline, unleaded regular, per gallon/3.785 liters". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1935 and 2022: Gas experienced an average inflation rate of 3.86% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, gas costing $4.02 in the year 1935 would cost $108.85 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.58% during this same period, inflation for gas was higher.

Price Inflation for Gasoline (all types) since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (38.97%), 2021 (36%), and 1974 (35.36%).

Price history

The average price for Gas is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Gasoline, unleaded regular, per gallon/3.785 liters:

YearAverage price (Gas)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
2022$4.02 (latest available value)$4.02
2021$3.05$4.11
2020$2.17$3.99
2019$2.64$4.05
2018$2.74$4.05
2017$2.41$4.05
2016$2.14$4.06
2015$2.45$4.11
2014$3.37$4.12
2013$3.53$4.15
2012$3.64$4.17
2011$3.53$4.16
2010$2.79$4.16
2009$2.35$4.15
2008$3.27$4.19
2007$2.80$4.19
2006$2.59$4.19
2005$2.30$4.20
2004$1.88$4.19
2003$1.59$4.19
2002$1.36$4.17
2001$1.46$4.20
2000$1.51$4.18
1999$1.17$4.14
1998$1.06$4.12
1997$1.23$4.15
1996$1.23$4.14
1995$1.15$4.09
1994$1.11$4.03
1993$1.11$4.04
1992$1.13$4.05
1991$1.14$4.09
1990$1.16$4.11
1989$1.02$4.11
1988$0.95$4.17
1987$0.95$4.21
1986$0.93$4.29
1985$1.20$4.34
1984$1.21$4.41
1983$1.24$4.45
1982$1.30$4.49
1981$1.38$4.52
1980$1.25$4.55
1979$0.90$4.58
1978$0.67$4.60
1977$0.66$4.70
1976$0.61$4.65

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Buying power of $4.02 since 1935

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Gas, over time, for $4.02 beginning in 1935. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1935$4.02-
1936$4.173.68%
1937$4.354.30%
1938$4.20-3.38%
1939$3.96-5.82%
1940$3.86-2.52%
1941$4.075.62%
1942$4.315.89%
1943$4.361.04%
1944$4.370.32%
1945$4.36-0.38%
1946$4.441.84%
1947$5.0012.78%
1948$5.7013.92%
1949$5.852.68%
1950$5.80-0.84%
1951$5.972.85%
1952$6.132.66%
1953$6.526.49%
1954$6.651.87%
1955$6.771.93%
1956$7.013.43%
1957$7.273.74%
1958$7.17-1.39%
1959$7.251.21%
1960$7.462.85%
1961$7.38-1.04%
1962$7.430.57%
1963$7.41-0.16%
1964$7.38-0.50%
1965$7.704.42%
1966$7.841.83%
1967$8.082.94%
1968$8.191.43%
1969$8.463.33%
1970$8.530.83%
1971$8.580.55%
1972$8.691.26%
1973$9.549.77%
1974$12.9135.36%
1975$13.796.83%
1976$14.374.16%
1977$15.205.78%
1978$15.854.30%
1979$21.4535.34%
1980$29.8138.97%
1981$33.1811.30%
1982$31.43-5.27%
1983$30.39-3.31%
1984$29.89-1.64%
1985$30.140.84%
1986$23.54-21.91%
1987$24.494.07%
1988$24.700.84%
1989$27.059.49%
1990$30.8714.14%
1991$30.34-1.72%
1992$30.26-0.26%
1993$29.88-1.26%
1994$30.020.46%
1995$30.511.64%
1996$32.366.09%
1997$32.33-0.10%
1998$28.01-13.36%
1999$30.619.28%
2000$39.3028.40%
2001$37.90-3.58%
2002$35.46-6.42%
2003$41.3116.48%
2004$48.8118.17%
2005$59.5221.93%
2006$67.2412.97%
2007$72.748.19%
2008$84.8216.60%
2009$61.62-27.36%
2010$72.9418.38%
2011$92.2326.45%
2012$95.223.24%
2013$92.50-2.86%
2014$88.93-3.86%
2015$64.81-27.12%
2016$57.35-11.51%
2017$64.7412.88%
2018$73.5513.61%
2019$70.92-3.57%
2020$59.35-16.32%
2021$80.7136.00%
2022$108.8534.86%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Gasoline (all types):

Year1935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI13.15013.63314.22013.74012.94012.61413.32314.10814.25414.30014.24614.50816.36218.64019.14018.98019.52020.04021.34021.74022.16022.92023.77723.44623.73124.40824.15424.29224.25424.13325.20025.66026.41526.79227.68527.91528.06928.42331.20042.23145.11546.99249.70851.84670.16997.515108.531102.80899.40097.76998.59276.99280.12380.80088.469100.97799.23898.97797.73198.18599.792105.869105.76291.631100.131128.569123.969116.008135.123159.669194.685219.938237.959277.457201.555238.594301.694311.470302.577290.889212.007187.602211.770240.599232.003194.130264.017356.056

Adjust gas prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1935 * 1935 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Gasoline (all types) was 13.150 in the year 1935 and 356.056 in 2022:

356.056 / 13.150 * $4.02 = $108.85

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $4.02 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" as $108.85 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Gasoline (all types)).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Gasoline (all types) in 1935. In addition to gas, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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