Shelter priced at $5 in 1952 $71.05 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Shelter

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Prices for Shelter, 1952-2018 ($5)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for shelter were 1,321% higher in 2018 versus 1952 (a $66.05 difference in value).

Between 1952 and 2018: Shelter experienced an average inflation rate of 4.10% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, shelter costing $5 in the year 1952 would cost $71.05 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.46% during this same period, inflation for shelter was higher.

Price Inflation for Shelter since 1952

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (17.55%), 1979 (13.90%), and 1981 (11.72%).

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

Year 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 21.600 22.000 22.485 22.746 23.123 23.962 24.469 24.731 25.231 25.446 25.731 26.069 26.500 26.992 27.800 28.769 30.131 32.577 35.538 37.023 38.677 40.477 44.408 48.792 51.477 54.946 60.492 68.900 80.992 90.485 96.892 99.131 103.992 109.815 115.823 121.246 127.085 132.831 139.985 146.277 151.192 155.731 160.523 165.685 171.031 176.277 182.108 187.262 193.354 200.562 208.092 213.115 218.838 224.423 232.131 240.611 246.666 249.354 248.396 251.646 257.083 263.056 270.513 278.803 288.230 297.803 306.935

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Buying power of $5 since 1952

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Shelter, over time, for $5 beginning in 1952. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1952 $5.00 -
1953 $5.09 1.85%
1954 $5.20 2.20%
1955 $5.27 1.16%
1956 $5.35 1.66%
1957 $5.55 3.63%
1958 $5.66 2.12%
1959 $5.72 1.07%
1960 $5.84 2.02%
1961 $5.89 0.85%
1962 $5.96 1.12%
1963 $6.03 1.32%
1964 $6.13 1.65%
1965 $6.25 1.86%
1966 $6.44 2.99%
1967 $6.66 3.49%
1968 $6.97 4.73%
1969 $7.54 8.12%
1970 $8.23 9.09%
1971 $8.57 4.18%
1972 $8.95 4.47%
1973 $9.37 4.65%
1974 $10.28 9.71%
1975 $11.29 9.87%
1976 $11.92 5.50%
1977 $12.72 6.74%
1978 $14.00 10.09%
1979 $15.95 13.90%
1980 $18.75 17.55%
1981 $20.95 11.72%
1982 $22.43 7.08%
1983 $22.95 2.31%
1984 $24.07 4.90%
1985 $25.42 5.60%
1986 $26.81 5.47%
1987 $28.07 4.68%
1988 $29.42 4.82%
1989 $30.75 4.52%
1990 $32.40 5.39%
1991 $33.86 4.49%
1992 $35.00 3.36%
1993 $36.05 3.00%
1994 $37.16 3.08%
1995 $38.35 3.22%
1996 $39.59 3.23%
1997 $40.80 3.07%
1998 $42.15 3.31%
1999 $43.35 2.83%
2000 $44.76 3.25%
2001 $46.43 3.73%
2002 $48.17 3.75%
2003 $49.33 2.41%
2004 $50.66 2.69%
2005 $51.95 2.55%
2006 $53.73 3.43%
2007 $55.70 3.65%
2008 $57.10 2.52%
2009 $57.72 1.09%
2010 $57.50 -0.38%
2011 $58.25 1.31%
2012 $59.51 2.16%
2013 $60.89 2.32%
2014 $62.62 2.83%
2015 $64.54 3.06%
2016 $66.72 3.38%
2017 $68.94 3.32%
2018 $71.05 3.07%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for shelter, 1952-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Shelter was 21.600 in the year 1952 and 306.935 in 2018:

306.935 / 21.600 * $5 = $71.05

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $5 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" as $71.05 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Shelter).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Shelter in 1952. In addition to shelter, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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