Housing priced at $100,000 in 1972 $654,218.53 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Housing

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Prices for Housing, 1972-2018 ($100,000)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for housing were 554.22% higher in 2018 versus 1972 (a $554,218.53 difference in value).

Between 1972 and 2018: Housing experienced an average inflation rate of 4.17% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, housing costing $100,000 in the year 1972 would cost $654,218.53 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.97% during this same period, inflation for housing was higher.

In the year 1972: Pricing changed by 3.88%, which is below the average yearly change for housing during the 1972-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1972 (3.27%), inflation for housing was higher.

Price Inflation for Housing since 1967

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (15.69%), 1979 (12.20%), and 1981 (11.51%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Housing:

Year 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 30.792 32.025 34.008 36.367 37.983 39.458 41.175 45.800 50.633 53.742 57.408 62.433 70.050 81.042 90.367 96.883 99.467 103.608 107.708 110.892 114.267 118.500 123.000 128.550 133.600 137.492 141.225 144.775 148.442 152.792 156.792 160.375 163.900 169.575 176.350 180.258 184.800 189.542 195.717 203.158 209.583 216.255 217.058 216.253 219.104 222.714 227.350 233.213 238.061 243.973 251.229 258.144

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Buying power of $100000 since 1972

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Housing, over time, for $100000 beginning in 1972. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1972 $100,000.00 3.88%
1973 $104,350.58 4.35%
1974 $116,071.81 11.23%
1975 $128,321.01 10.55%
1976 $136,198.52 6.14%
1977 $145,491.02 6.82%
1978 $158,225.98 8.75%
1979 $177,529.04 12.20%
1980 $205,385.43 15.69%
1981 $229,017.95 11.51%
1982 $245,533.26 7.21%
1983 $252,080.25 2.67%
1984 $262,576.56 4.16%
1985 $272,967.27 3.96%
1986 $281,034.85 2.96%
1987 $289,588.17 3.04%
1988 $300,316.79 3.70%
1989 $311,721.22 3.80%
1990 $325,786.69 4.51%
1991 $338,585.01 3.93%
1992 $348,447.73 2.91%
1993 $357,909.19 2.72%
1994 $366,906.02 2.51%
1995 $376,198.52 2.53%
1996 $387,222.81 2.93%
1997 $397,360.08 2.62%
1998 $406,441.39 2.29%
1999 $415,374.87 2.20%
2000 $429,757.13 3.46%
2001 $446,927.14 4.00%
2002 $456,832.10 2.22%
2003 $468,342.13 2.52%
2004 $480,359.03 2.57%
2005 $496,008.45 3.26%
2006 $514,868.00 3.80%
2007 $531,149.10 3.16%
2008 $548,059.35 3.18%
2009 $550,093.77 0.37%
2010 $548,055.33 -0.37%
2011 $555,280.04 1.32%
2012 $564,427.88 1.65%
2013 $576,176.77 2.08%
2014 $591,036.54 2.58%
2015 $603,322.70 2.08%
2016 $618,305.81 2.48%
2017 $636,694.83 2.97%
2018 $654,218.53 2.75%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for housing, 1972-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1972 * 1972 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Housing was 39.458 in the year 1972 and 258.144 in 2018:

258.144 / 39.458 * $100,000 = $654,218.53

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100,000 in 1972 has the same "purchasing power" as $654,218.53 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Housing).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Housing in 1967. In addition to housing, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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