San Diego, California prices: $1 in 1990 $2.78 in 2021

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Prices in San Diego, 1990-2021 ($1)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in San Diego, California are 178.21% higher in 2021 versus 1990 (a $1.78 difference in value).

Between 1990 and 2021: San Diego experienced an average inflation rate of 3.36% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $1 in San Diego in the year 1990 would cost $2.78 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.38% during this same period, inflation in San Diego was higher.

In the year 1990: Pricing changed by 4.36%, which is above the average yearly change in San Diego during the 1990-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1990 (5.40%), inflation in San Diego was lower.

Price Inflation in San Diego, California since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1985 (10.84%), 2001 (8.15%), and 2002 (7.97%).

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Buying power of $1.00 since 1990

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in San Diego, over time, for $1 beginning in 1990. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1990$1.004.36%
1991$1.021.79%
1992$1.030.72%
1993$1.02-0.84%
1994$1.01-0.26%
1995$1.020.59%
1996$1.031.36%
1997$1.062.44%
1998$1.114.94%
1999$1.186.56%
2000$1.266.49%
2001$1.368.15%
2002$1.477.97%
2003$1.576.93%
2004$1.665.43%
2005$1.723.67%
2006$1.783.66%
2007$1.853.67%
2008$1.934.49%
2009$1.982.37%
2010$1.98-0.02%
2011$1.990.86%
2012$2.042.40%
2013$2.092.13%
2014$2.131.97%
2015$2.213.92%
2016$2.304.00%
2017$2.425.41%
2018$2.565.47%
2019$2.653.56%
2020$2.722.85%
2021$2.782.19%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for San Diego, California:

Year19841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
CPI108.900120.700129.900134.900139.500144.600150.900153.600154.700153.400153.000153.900156.000159.800167.700178.700190.300205.800222.200237.600250.500259.700269.200279.078291.598298.517298.462301.030308.267314.839321.037333.606346.938365.707385.694399.426410.829419.819

Adjust San Diego prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1990 * 1990 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for San Diego, California was 150.900 in the year 1990 and 419.819 in 2021:

419.819 / 150.900 * $1 = $2.78

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $1 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" as $2.78 in 2021 (in the CPI category of San Diego, California).


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

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