San Francisco, California prices: $500 in 1990 $1,072.82 in 2018

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Prices in San Francisco, 1990-2018 ($500)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in San Francisco, California were 114.56% higher in 2018 versus 1990 (a $572.82 difference in value).

Between 1990 and 2018: San Francisco experienced an average inflation rate of 2.76% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $500 in San Francisco in the year 1990 would cost $1,072.82 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.35% during this same period, inflation in San Francisco was higher.

In the year 1990: Pricing changed by 4.51%, which is above the average yearly change in San Francisco during the 1990-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1990 (5.40%), inflation in San Francisco was lower.

Price Inflation in San Francisco, California since 1914

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1919 (23.50%), 1918 (16.53%), and 1920 (16%).

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

Year 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 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 9.200 9.200 9.267 10.133 11.808 14.583 16.917 15.567 14.667 14.633 14.708 14.992 15.125 14.992 14.858 14.892 14.683 13.600 12.475 11.858 12.208 12.433 12.350 12.775 12.833 12.683 12.658 13.350 14.958 15.950 16.358 16.817 18.150 20.483 21.958 22.042 21.925 23.642 24.575 25.025 25.075 24.900 25.358 26.433 27.408 27.942 28.517 28.892 29.333 29.750 30.208 30.775 31.525 32.417 33.850 35.633 37.542 38.967 40.325 42.567 46.533 51.400 54.417 58.383 64.133 69.400 80.100 90.192 97.583 98.233 103.783 108.200 111.567 115.392 120.500 126.350 132.050 137.908 142.500 146.342 148.650 151.567 155.067 160.383 165.350 172.175 179.783 189.658 192.867 196.358 198.633 202.542 208.950 215.714 222.768 224.158 227.327 233.113 239.434 244.766 251.713 258.144 266.042 274.738 283.333

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Buying power of $500 since 1990

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in San Francisco, over time, for $500 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 $500.00 4.51%
1991 $522.18 4.44%
1992 $539.57 3.33%
1993 $554.11 2.70%
1994 $562.85 1.58%
1995 $573.90 1.96%
1996 $587.15 2.31%
1997 $607.28 3.43%
1998 $626.09 3.10%
1999 $651.93 4.13%
2000 $680.74 4.42%
2001 $718.13 5.49%
2002 $730.28 1.69%
2003 $743.50 1.81%
2004 $752.11 1.16%
2005 $766.91 1.97%
2006 $791.18 3.16%
2007 $816.79 3.24%
2008 $843.50 3.27%
2009 $848.76 0.62%
2010 $860.76 1.41%
2011 $882.67 2.55%
2012 $906.60 2.71%
2013 $926.79 2.23%
2014 $953.10 2.84%
2015 $977.45 2.56%
2016 $1,007.35 3.06%
2017 $1,040.28 3.27%
2018 $1,072.82 3.13%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for San Francisco, 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 Francisco, California was 132.050 in the year 1990 and 283.333 in 2018:

283.333 / 132.050 * $500 = $1,072.82

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $500 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" as $1,072.82 in 2018 (in the CPI category of San Francisco, California).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for San Francisco, California in 1914. In addition to San Francisco, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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