San Diego, California prices: $100 in 1990 $255.60 in 2018

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Prices in San Diego, 1990-2018 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in San Diego, California were 155.60% higher in 2018 versus 1990 (a $155.60 difference in value).

Between 1990 and 2018: San Diego experienced an average inflation rate of 3.41% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $100 in San Diego in the year 1990 would cost $255.60 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.36% during this same period, inflation in San Diego was higher.

In the year 1990: Pricing changed by 4.36%, which is above the average yearly change in San Diego during the 1990-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1990 (5.40%), inflation in San Diego was lower.

Price Inflation in San Diego, California since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1985 (10.84%), 2001 (8.15%), and 2002 (7.97%).

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

Year 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 108.900 120.700 129.900 134.900 139.500 144.600 150.900 153.600 154.700 153.400 153.000 153.900 156.000 159.800 167.700 178.700 190.300 205.800 222.200 237.600 250.500 259.700 269.200 279.078 291.598 298.517 298.462 301.030 308.267 314.839 321.037 333.606 346.938 365.707 385.694

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Buying power of $100 since 1990

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in San Diego, over time, for $100 beginning in 1990. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1990 $100.00 4.36%
1991 $101.79 1.79%
1992 $102.52 0.72%
1993 $101.66 -0.84%
1994 $101.39 -0.26%
1995 $101.99 0.59%
1996 $103.38 1.36%
1997 $105.90 2.44%
1998 $111.13 4.94%
1999 $118.42 6.56%
2000 $126.11 6.49%
2001 $136.38 8.15%
2002 $147.25 7.97%
2003 $157.46 6.93%
2004 $166.00 5.43%
2005 $172.10 3.67%
2006 $178.40 3.66%
2007 $184.94 3.67%
2008 $193.24 4.49%
2009 $197.82 2.37%
2010 $197.79 -0.02%
2011 $199.49 0.86%
2012 $204.29 2.40%
2013 $208.64 2.13%
2014 $212.75 1.97%
2015 $221.08 3.92%
2016 $229.91 4.00%
2017 $242.35 5.41%
2018 $255.60 5.47%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for San Diego, 1990-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1990 * 1990 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for San Diego, California was 150.900 in the year 1990 and 385.694 in 2018:

385.694 / 150.900 * $100 = $255.60

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" as $255.60 in 2018 (in the CPI category of San Diego, California).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for San Diego, California in 1984. In addition to San Diego, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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