All items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks priced at $20 in 1979 $63.84 in 2020

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Prices for All Items Less Food, Shelter, Energy, And Used Cars And Trucks, 1979-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks were 219.22% higher in 2020 versus 1979 (a $43.84 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2020: All items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks experienced an average inflation rate of 2.87% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, all items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $63.84 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.15% during this same period, inflation for all items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks was lower.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 6.87%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for all items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks during the 1979-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for all items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks was much lower.

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

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (9.18%), 1981 (8.48%), and 1975 (8.46%).

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

Year 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
CPI 39.569 41.408 43.500 45.800 48.046 49.231 50.631 54.562 59.177 63.123 66.838 70.623 75.477 82.408 89.392 95.631 100.131 104.223 108.538 113.085 117.623 122.577 128.138 134.585 141.685 147.092 152.000 156.015 160.169 164.138 167.654 170.500 173.300 176.562 180.100 183.031 185.085 187.769 191.069 194.731 197.752 202.263 207.226 210.374 214.162 218.730 221.881 224.198 226.504 229.933 232.190 235.284 238.497 240.940

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Buying power of $20 since 1979

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

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1979 $20.00 6.87%
1980 $21.84 9.18%
1981 $23.69 8.48%
1982 $25.34 6.98%
1983 $26.53 4.71%
1984 $27.62 4.09%
1985 $28.76 4.14%
1986 $29.97 4.19%
1987 $31.17 4.01%
1988 $32.48 4.21%
1989 $33.95 4.54%
1990 $35.66 5.03%
1991 $37.54 5.28%
1992 $38.98 3.82%
1993 $40.28 3.34%
1994 $41.34 2.64%
1995 $42.44 2.66%
1996 $43.49 2.48%
1997 $44.43 2.14%
1998 $45.18 1.70%
1999 $45.92 1.64%
2000 $46.79 1.88%
2001 $47.72 2.00%
2002 $48.50 1.63%
2003 $49.04 1.12%
2004 $49.76 1.45%
2005 $50.63 1.76%
2006 $51.60 1.92%
2007 $52.40 1.55%
2008 $53.60 2.28%
2009 $54.91 2.45%
2010 $55.75 1.52%
2011 $56.75 1.80%
2012 $57.96 2.13%
2013 $58.79 1.44%
2014 $59.41 1.04%
2015 $60.02 1.03%
2016 $60.93 1.51%
2017 $61.53 0.98%
2018 $62.35 1.33%
2019 $63.20 1.37%
2020 $63.84 1.02%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for all items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks, 1979-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks was 75.477 in the year 1979 and 240.940 in 2020:

240.940 / 75.477 * $20 = $63.84

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $63.84 in 2020 (in the CPI category of All items less food, shelter, energy, and used cars and trucks).


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

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