$100 in 1992 → $183.01 in 2019

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$100 in 1992 → $183.01 in 2019

U.S. Inflation Rate, $100 in 1992 to 2019

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2019 are 83.01% higher than average prices throughout 1992. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.26% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, $100 in 1992 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $183.01 in 2019, a difference of $83.01 over 27 years.

The 1992 inflation rate was 3.01%. The current inflation rate (2018 to 2019) is now 1.71%1. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $101.71 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.


Inflation from 1992 to 2019
Cumulative price change 83.01%
Average inflation rate 2.26%
Converted amount ($100 base) $183.01
Price difference ($100 base) $83.01
CPI in 1992 140.300
CPI in 2019 256.759
Inflation in 1992 3.01%
Inflation in 2019 1.71%

USD Inflation since 1913
Annual Rate, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1992

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for $100 in 1992 (price index tracking began in 1635).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1992 $100.00 3.01%
1993 $102.99 2.99%
1994 $105.63 2.56%
1995 $108.62 2.83%
1996 $111.83 2.95%
1997 $114.40 2.29%
1998 $116.18 1.56%
1999 $118.75 2.21%
2000 $122.74 3.36%
2001 $126.23 2.85%
2002 $128.23 1.58%
2003 $131.15 2.28%
2004 $134.64 2.66%
2005 $139.20 3.39%
2006 $143.69 3.23%
2007 $147.78 2.85%
2008 $153.46 3.84%
2009 $152.91 -0.36%
2010 $155.42 1.64%
2011 $160.33 3.16%
2012 $163.65 2.07%
2013 $166.04 1.46%
2014 $168.74 1.62%
2015 $168.94 0.12%
2016 $171.07 1.26%
2017 $174.71 2.13%
2018 $178.98 2.44%
2019 $183.01 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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Inflation by City

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1992 to 2019 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $100):

Seattle, Washington experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 27 years between 1992 and 2019 (3.59%).

Chicago, Illinois experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 27 years between 1992 and 2019 (2.00%).

Note that some locations showing 0% inflation may have not yet reported latest data.


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1992 would be equivalent to £205.24 in 2019, an absolute change of £105.24 and a cumulative change of 105.24%.

In Canada, CA$100.00 in 1992 would be equivalent to CA$157.50 in 2019, an absolute change of CA$57.50 and a cumulative change of 57.50%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $83.01 and total percent change of 83.01%.


Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1992 and 2019.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.26% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1992 → 2019
Food 2.35 87.01 187.01
Shelter 2.78 109.66 209.66
Energy 2.75 107.90 207.90
Apparel -0.21 -5.60 94.40
New vehicles 0.49 14.16 114.16
Used cars and trucks 0.47 13.50 113.50
Transportation services 2.76 108.58 208.58
Medical care services 3.88 179.42 279.42
Medical care commodities 2.64 102.15 202.15

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1992. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100 since 1992

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019CPI in 1992
×
1992 USD value
=
2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 140.3 in the year 1992 and 256.759 in 2019:

256.759140.3
×
$100
=
$183.01

$100 in 1992 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $183.01 in 2019.

To get the total inflation rate for the 27 years between 1992 and 2019, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2019 - CPI in 1992CPI in 1992
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (27 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

256.759 - 140.3140.3
×
100
=
83%

Alternate Measurements of Inflation

The above data describe the CPI for all items. Also of note is the Core CPI, which measures inflation for all items except for the more volatile categories of food and energy. Core inflation averaged 2.16% per year between 1992 and 2019 (vs all-CPI inflation of 2.26%), for an inflation total of 78.27%.

When using the core inflation measurement, $100 in 1992 is equivalent in buying power to $178.27 in 2019, a difference of $78.27. Recall that for All Items, the converted amount is $183.01 with a difference of $83.01.

In 1992, core inflation was 3.66%.


Comparison to S&P 500 Index

The average inflation rate of 2.26% has a compounding effect between 1992 and 2019. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate compounds to produce an overall price difference of 83.01% over 27 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $100 in the S&P 500 index in 1992, our investment would be nominally worth approximately $1,191.05 in 2019. This is a return on investment of 1,091.05%, with an absolute return of $1,091.05.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered nominal. In order to evaluate the real return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 45.36% of returns ($494.87) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted real return of our $100 investment is $596.18.

Investment in S&P 500 Index, 1992-2019
Original Amount Final Amount Change
Nominal $100 $1,191.05 1,091.05%
Real
Inflation Adjusted
$100 $596.18 596.18%


News headlines from 1992

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

  • The Conservative party wins the 1992 British general election, returning John Major to his role as Prime Minister.
  • Nelson Mandela's meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar.
  • Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$100 in 1992 → 2019 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Oct. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1992-dollars-in-2019?amount=100.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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


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Inflation from 1992 to 2019
Cumulative price change 83.01%
Average inflation rate 2.26%
Converted amount ($100 base) $183.01
Price difference ($100 base) $83.01
CPI in 1992 140.300
CPI in 2019 256.759
Inflation in 1992 3.01%
Inflation in 2019 1.71%
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