Core inflation priced at $20 in 1969 $164.50 in 2024

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Prices for Core Inflation, 1969-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less food and energy are 722.49% higher in 2024 versus 1969 (a $144.50 difference in value).

Between 1969 and 2024: Core inflation experienced an average inflation rate of 3.91% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, core inflation costing $20 in the year 1969 would cost $164.50 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.96% during this same period, inflation for core inflation was lower.

In the year 1969: Pricing changed by 5.80%, which is above the average yearly change for core inflation during the 1969-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1969 (5.46%), inflation for core inflation was higher.

Price Inflation for All items less food and energy since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (12.42%), 1981 (10.46%), and 1979 (9.74%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1969

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Core inflation, over time, for $20 beginning in 1969. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1969$20.005.80%
1970$21.256.25%
1971$22.254.69%
1972$22.933.06%
1973$23.733.49%
1974$25.698.25%
1975$28.059.21%
1976$29.896.57%
1977$31.766.26%
1978$34.097.31%
1979$37.419.74%
1980$42.0512.42%
1981$46.4510.46%
1982$49.897.40%
1983$51.853.93%
1984$54.424.95%
1985$56.804.37%
1986$59.094.04%
1987$61.534.12%
1988$64.244.41%
1989$67.144.51%
1990$70.515.03%
1991$73.974.91%
1992$76.683.66%
1993$79.213.31%
1994$81.472.85%
1995$83.912.99%
1996$86.182.71%
1997$88.232.38%
1998$90.252.29%
1999$92.122.08%
2000$94.372.43%
2001$96.882.67%
2002$99.142.32%
2003$100.581.45%
2004$102.351.76%
2005$104.572.17%
2006$107.182.50%
2007$109.692.34%
2008$112.212.30%
2009$114.121.70%
2010$115.210.96%
2011$117.121.66%
2012$119.592.11%
2013$121.701.76%
2014$123.831.75%
2015$126.091.83%
2016$128.882.21%
2017$131.261.84%
2018$134.072.14%
2019$137.012.19%
2020$139.341.70%
2021$144.323.57%
2022$153.196.15%
2023$160.524.78%
2024$164.502.48%*

* 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 and energy:

Year19571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI28.93129.59230.18530.63830.98531.40831.80032.27732.73833.53834.70836.31538.42340.82342.73844.04645.58549.34653.89257.43161.02365.48571.86280.78589.23895.84699.615104.546109.115113.523118.200123.415128.977135.462142.108147.308152.177156.515161.200165.562169.508173.385176.985181.292186.131190.454193.223196.623200.892205.915210.729215.572219.235221.337225.008229.755233.806237.897242.247247.602252.169257.565263.211267.693277.255294.307308.381316.027

Adjust core inflation prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1969 * 1969 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items less food and energy was 38.423 in the year 1969 and 316.027 in 2024:

316.027 / 38.423 * $20 = $164.50

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1969 has the same "purchasing power" as $164.50 in 2024 (in the CPI category of All items less food and energy).


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

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