San Francisco, California prices: $1 in 1955 $12.96 in 2022

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Prices in San Francisco, 1955-2022 ($1)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in San Francisco, California are 1,196.18% higher in 2022 versus 1955 (a $11.96 difference in value).

Between 1955 and 2022: San Francisco experienced an average inflation rate of 3.90% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $1 in San Francisco in the year 1955 would cost $12.96 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.61% during this same period, inflation in San Francisco was higher.

In the year 1955: Pricing changed by -0.70%, which is significantly below the average yearly change in San Francisco during the 1955-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1955 (-0.29%), inflation in San Francisco was lower.

Price Inflation in San Francisco, California since 1914

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1919 (23.50%), 1918 (16.53%), and 1920 (16%).

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Buying power of $1.00 since 1955

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in San Francisco, over time, for $1 beginning in 1955. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1955$1.00-0.70%
1956$1.021.84%
1957$1.064.24%
1958$1.103.69%
1959$1.121.95%
1960$1.152.06%
1961$1.161.32%
1962$1.181.53%
1963$1.191.42%
1964$1.211.54%
1965$1.241.88%
1966$1.272.44%
1967$1.302.83%
1968$1.364.42%
1969$1.435.27%
1970$1.515.36%
1971$1.563.80%
1972$1.623.49%
1973$1.715.56%
1974$1.879.32%
1975$2.0610.46%
1976$2.195.87%
1977$2.347.29%
1978$2.589.85%
1979$2.798.21%
1980$3.2215.42%
1981$3.6212.60%
1982$3.928.20%
1983$3.950.67%
1984$4.175.65%
1985$4.354.26%
1986$4.483.11%
1987$4.633.43%
1988$4.844.43%
1989$5.074.85%
1990$5.304.51%
1991$5.544.44%
1992$5.723.33%
1993$5.882.70%
1994$5.971.58%
1995$6.091.96%
1996$6.232.31%
1997$6.443.43%
1998$6.643.10%
1999$6.914.13%
2000$7.224.42%
2001$7.625.49%
2002$7.751.69%
2003$7.891.81%
2004$7.981.16%
2005$8.131.97%
2006$8.393.16%
2007$8.663.24%
2008$8.953.27%
2009$9.000.62%
2010$9.131.41%
2011$9.362.55%
2012$9.622.71%
2013$9.832.23%
2014$10.112.84%
2015$10.372.56%
2016$10.683.06%
2017$11.033.27%
2018$11.463.84%
2019$11.843.32%
2020$12.051.75%
2021$12.433.19%
2022$12.964.27%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year1914191519161917191819191920192119221923192419251926192719281929193019311932193319341935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI9.2009.2009.26710.13311.80814.58316.91715.56714.66714.63314.70814.99215.12514.99214.85814.89214.68313.60012.47511.85812.20812.43312.35012.77512.83312.68312.65813.35014.95815.95016.35816.81718.15020.48321.95822.04221.92523.64224.57525.02525.07524.90025.35826.43327.40827.94228.51728.89229.33329.75030.20830.77531.52532.41733.85035.63337.54238.96740.32542.56746.53351.40054.41758.38364.13369.40080.10090.19297.58398.233103.783108.200111.567115.392120.500126.350132.050137.908142.500146.342148.650151.567155.067160.383165.350172.175179.783189.658192.867196.358198.633202.542208.950215.714222.768224.158227.327233.113239.434244.766251.713258.144266.042274.738285.297294.779299.949309.519322.748

Adjust San Francisco prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1955 * 1955 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for San Francisco, California was 24.900 in the year 1955 and 322.748 in 2022:

322.748 / 24.900 * $1 = $12.96

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $1 in 1955 has the same "purchasing power" as $12.96 in 2022 (in the CPI category of San Francisco, California).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for San Francisco, California in 1914. In addition to San Francisco, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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