Shelter priced at $20 in 1952 $323.84 in 2022

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Prices for Shelter, 1952-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for shelter are 1,519.19% higher in 2022 versus 1952 (a $303.84 difference in value).

Between 1952 and 2022: Shelter experienced an average inflation rate of 4.06% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, shelter costing $20 in the year 1952 would cost $323.84 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.48% during this same period, inflation for shelter was higher.

Price Inflation for Shelter since 1952

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (17.55%), 1979 (13.90%), and 1981 (11.72%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1952

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Shelter, over time, for $20 beginning in 1952. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1952$20.00-
1953$20.371.85%
1954$20.822.20%
1955$21.061.16%
1956$21.411.66%
1957$22.193.63%
1958$22.662.12%
1959$22.901.07%
1960$23.362.02%
1961$23.560.85%
1962$23.821.12%
1963$24.141.32%
1964$24.541.65%
1965$24.991.86%
1966$25.742.99%
1967$26.643.49%
1968$27.904.73%
1969$30.168.12%
1970$32.919.09%
1971$34.284.18%
1972$35.814.47%
1973$37.484.65%
1974$41.129.71%
1975$45.189.87%
1976$47.665.50%
1977$50.886.74%
1978$56.0110.09%
1979$63.8013.90%
1980$74.9917.55%
1981$83.7811.72%
1982$89.727.08%
1983$91.792.31%
1984$96.294.90%
1985$101.685.60%
1986$107.245.47%
1987$112.264.68%
1988$117.674.82%
1989$122.994.52%
1990$129.625.39%
1991$135.444.49%
1992$139.993.36%
1993$144.203.00%
1994$148.633.08%
1995$153.413.22%
1996$158.363.23%
1997$163.223.07%
1998$168.623.31%
1999$173.392.83%
2000$179.033.25%
2001$185.713.73%
2002$192.683.75%
2003$197.332.41%
2004$202.632.69%
2005$207.802.55%
2006$214.943.43%
2007$222.793.65%
2008$228.392.52%
2009$230.881.09%
2010$230.00-0.38%
2011$233.011.31%
2012$238.042.16%
2013$243.572.32%
2014$250.472.83%
2015$258.153.06%
2016$266.883.38%
2017$275.743.32%
2018$284.873.31%
2019$294.493.38%
2020$301.752.46%
2021$309.792.67%
2022$323.844.53%*

* 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 Shelter:

Year19521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI21.60022.00022.48522.74623.12323.96224.46924.73125.23125.44625.73126.06926.50026.99227.80028.76930.13132.57735.53837.02338.67740.47744.40848.79251.47754.94660.49268.90080.99290.48596.89299.131103.992109.815115.823121.246127.085132.831139.985146.277151.192155.731160.523165.685171.031176.277182.108187.262193.354200.562208.092213.115218.838224.423232.131240.611246.666249.354248.396251.646257.083263.056270.513278.803288.230297.803307.663318.053325.886334.575349.746

Adjust shelter prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Shelter was 21.600 in the year 1952 and 349.746 in 2022:

349.746 / 21.600 * $20 = $323.84

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" as $323.84 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Shelter).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Shelter in 1952. In addition to shelter, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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