£500,000 in 1990 → £1,127,057.32 in 2019

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UK Inflation Rate, £500,000 in 1990 to 2019

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, today's prices in 2019 are 125.41% higher than average prices throughout 1990. The pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.84% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, £500,000 in 1990 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1,127,057.32 in 2019, a difference of £627,057.32 over 29 years.

The 1990 inflation rate was 9.46%. The current inflation rate (2018 to 2019) is now 1.80%1. If this number holds, £500,000 today will be equivalent in buying power to £509,000.00 next year.


Inflation from 1990 to 2019
Cumulative price change 125.41%
Average inflation rate 2.84%
Converted amount (£500,000 base) £1,127,057.32
Price difference (£500,000 base) £627,057.32
CPI in 1990 497.500
CPI in 2019 1,121.422
Inflation in 1990 9.46%
Inflation in 2019 1.80%


UK inflation chart from 1988 to 2017. Based on the UK Consumer Price Index.


Buying power of £500,000 in 1990

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a pound" over time for £500,000 in 1990 (price index tracking began in 1750).

According to the Office for National Statistics, each of these GBP amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1990 £500,000.00 9.46%
1991 £529,346.73 5.87%
1992 £549,145.73 3.74%
1993 £557,889.45 1.59%
1994 £571,356.78 2.41%
1995 £591,155.78 3.47%
1996 £605,427.14 2.41%
1997 £624,422.11 3.14%
1998 £645,829.15 3.43%
1999 £655,778.89 1.54%
2000 £675,175.88 2.96%
2001 £687,135.68 1.77%
2002 £698,592.96 1.67%
2003 £718,793.97 2.89%
2004 £740,201.01 2.98%
2005 £761,105.53 2.82%
2006 £785,427.14 3.20%
2007 £819,095.48 4.29%
2008 £851,758.79 3.99%
2009 £847,236.18 -0.53%
2010 £886,331.66 4.61%
2011 £932,462.31 5.20%
2012 £962,412.06 3.21%
2013 £991,658.29 3.04%
2014 £1,015,075.38 2.36%
2015 £1,025,125.63 0.99%
2016 £1,042,914.57 1.74%
2017 £1,080,301.51 3.58%
2018 £1,107,128.99 2.48%
2019 £1,127,057.32 1.80%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £500,000 since 1990

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019CPI in 1990
×
1990 GBP value
=
2019 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 497.5 in the year 1990 and 1121.4220303 in 2019:

1121.4220303497.5
×
£500,000
=
£1,127,057.32

£500,000 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1,127,057.32 in 2019.

To get the total inflation rate for the 29 years between 1990 and 2019, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2019 - CPI in 1990CPI in 1990
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (29 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1121.4220303 - 497.5497.5
×
100
=
125%

News headlines from 1990

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Nelson Mandela is released having spent 27 years in South African prison.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope takes its first photos from space.
  • Dr Penny Jamieson, becomes the first woman to be made an Anglican Bishop, in New Zeeland
  • The United States sends troops to Saudi Arabia, marking the beginning of Operation Desert Shield.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the composite price index published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). A composite index is created by combining price data from several different published sources, both official and unofficial. The Consumer Price Index, normally used to compute inflation, has only been tracked since 1988. All inflation calculations after 1988 use the Office for National Statistics' Consumer Price Index, except for 2017, which is based on The Bank of England's forecast.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “£500,000 in 1990 → 2019 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Apr. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1990-GBP-in-2019?amount=500000.

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in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


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