All items less medical care priced at $20 in 1958 $171.17 in 2021

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Prices for All Items Less Medical Care, 1958-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less medical care were 755.85% higher in 2021 versus 1958 (a $151.17 difference in value).

Between 1958 and 2021: All items less medical care experienced an average inflation rate of 3.47% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, all items less medical care costing $20 in the year 1958 would cost $171.17 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.58% during this same period, inflation for all items less medical care was lower.

In the year 1958: Pricing changed by 2.73%, which is below the average yearly change for all items less medical care during the 1958-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1958 (2.74%), inflation for all items less medical care was lower.

Price Inflation for All items less medical care since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (13.63%), 1979 (11.38%), and 1974 (11.14%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for All items less medical care:

Year 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 2019 2020 2021
CPI 28.746 29.531 29.769 30.162 30.446 30.769 31.131 31.523 32.000 32.938 33.762 35.131 36.992 39.177 40.785 42.123 44.808 49.800 54.277 57.246 60.815 65.438 72.885 82.815 91.377 96.762 99.569 103.677 107.169 108.838 112.585 117.023 122.423 128.762 133.815 137.469 141.215 144.692 148.562 152.815 156.338 158.585 161.969 167.338 171.892 174.285 178.077 182.662 188.715 194.731 200.080 207.777 206.555 209.689 216.325 220.553 223.616 227.107 226.909 229.271 234.073 239.895 244.012 246.354 252.738

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Buying power of $20 since 1958

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for All items less medical care, over time, for $20 beginning in 1958. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1958 $20.00 2.73%
1959 $20.16 0.81%
1960 $20.43 1.32%
1961 $20.62 0.94%
1962 $20.84 1.06%
1963 $21.08 1.17%
1964 $21.35 1.26%
1965 $21.67 1.51%
1966 $22.31 2.93%
1967 $22.87 2.50%
1968 $23.79 4.06%
1969 $25.05 5.30%
1970 $26.53 5.91%
1971 $27.62 4.10%
1972 $28.53 3.28%
1973 $30.35 6.37%
1974 $33.73 11.14%
1975 $36.76 8.99%
1976 $38.77 5.47%
1977 $41.19 6.23%
1978 $44.32 7.60%
1979 $49.36 11.38%
1980 $56.09 13.63%
1981 $61.89 10.34%
1982 $65.53 5.89%
1983 $67.43 2.90%
1984 $70.22 4.13%
1985 $72.58 3.37%
1986 $73.71 1.56%
1987 $76.25 3.44%
1988 $79.26 3.94%
1989 $82.91 4.61%
1990 $87.21 5.18%
1991 $90.63 3.92%
1992 $93.10 2.73%
1993 $95.64 2.73%
1994 $97.99 2.46%
1995 $100.61 2.67%
1996 $103.50 2.86%
1997 $105.88 2.31%
1998 $107.40 1.44%
1999 $109.70 2.13%
2000 $113.33 3.31%
2001 $116.42 2.72%
2002 $118.04 1.39%
2003 $120.60 2.18%
2004 $123.71 2.57%
2005 $127.81 3.31%
2006 $131.88 3.19%
2007 $135.51 2.75%
2008 $140.72 3.85%
2009 $139.89 -0.59%
2010 $142.01 1.52%
2011 $146.51 3.16%
2012 $149.37 1.95%
2013 $151.45 1.39%
2014 $153.81 1.56%
2015 $153.68 -0.09%
2016 $155.28 1.04%
2017 $158.53 2.09%
2018 $162.47 2.49%
2019 $165.26 1.72%
2020 $166.85 0.96%
2021 $171.17 2.59%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for all items less medical care, 1958-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1958 * 1958 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items less medical care was 29.531 in the year 1958 and 252.738 in 2021:

252.738 / 29.531 * $20 = $171.17

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1958 has the same "purchasing power" as $171.17 in 2021 (in the CPI category of All items less medical care).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for All items less medical care in 1957. In addition to all items less medical care, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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