All items less food, shelter, and energy priced at $20 in 1979 $73.50 in 2024

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Prices for All Items Less Food, Shelter, And Energy, 1979-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less food, shelter, and energy are 267.51% higher in 2024 versus 1979 (a $53.50 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2024: All items less food, shelter, and energy experienced an average inflation rate of 2.93% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, all items less food, shelter, and energy costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $73.50 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.29% during this same period, inflation for all items less food, shelter, and energy was lower.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 6.92%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for all items less food, shelter, and energy during the 1979-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for all items less food, shelter, and energy was much lower.

Price Inflation for All items less food, shelter, and energy since 1967

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (9.50%), 1975 (8.92%), and 1980 (8.78%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for All items less food, shelter, and energy, over time, for $20 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1979$20.006.92%
1980$21.768.78%
1981$23.829.50%
1982$25.647.64%
1983$26.985.21%
1984$28.324.97%
1985$29.413.84%
1986$30.413.39%
1987$31.563.80%
1988$32.884.18%
1989$34.354.48%
1990$36.024.85%
1991$37.875.15%
1992$39.333.85%
1993$40.683.45%
1994$41.802.73%
1995$42.982.85%
1996$44.032.43%
1997$44.901.98%
1998$45.651.66%
1999$46.391.62%
2000$47.271.90%
2001$48.212.00%
2002$48.871.36%
2003$49.270.81%
2004$49.821.11%
2005$50.751.88%
2006$51.691.85%
2007$52.401.37%
2008$53.522.14%
2009$54.672.15%
2010$55.741.94%
2011$56.801.91%
2012$57.982.07%
2013$58.771.37%
2014$59.340.98%
2015$59.900.94%
2016$60.721.36%
2017$61.190.77%
2018$61.971.28%
2019$62.811.35%
2020$63.531.15%
2021$66.214.22%
2022$70.416.34%
2023$72.422.85%
2024$73.501.50%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for All items less food, shelter, and energy:

Year1967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI38.69240.49242.43144.60046.78547.91549.33853.09257.83161.90065.61569.32374.12380.63188.29295.03899.992104.962108.992112.692116.969121.862127.323133.492140.362145.762150.785154.900159.308163.177166.400169.169171.915175.185178.685181.123182.592184.623188.100191.585194.205198.353202.626206.565210.502214.869217.804219.936222.007225.035226.771229.676232.769235.456245.397260.963268.390272.413

Adjust all items less food, shelter, and energy prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items less food, shelter, and energy was 74.123 in the year 1979 and 272.413 in 2024:

272.413 / 74.123 * $20 = $73.50

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $73.50 in 2024 (in the CPI category of All items less food, shelter, and energy).


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

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