All items less food and shelter priced at $20 in 1979 $62.70 in 2020

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

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less food and shelter were 213.48% higher in 2020 versus 1979 (a $42.70 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2020: All items less food and shelter experienced an average inflation rate of 2.83% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, all items less food and shelter costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $62.70 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.14% during this same period, inflation for all items less food and shelter was lower.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 9.88%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for all items less food and shelter during the 1979-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for all items less food and shelter was lower.

Price Inflation for All items less food and shelter since 1967

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (12.88%), 1981 (10.37%), and 1974 (9.99%).

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

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 35.815 37.323 39.054 40.931 42.885 43.969 45.508 50.054 54.669 58.515 62.292 65.900 72.408 81.731 90.208 95.862 99.977 104.146 107.500 107.723 111.015 115.138 120.500 126.877 132.577 137.077 141.385 144.823 148.569 152.562 155.431 156.162 159.031 164.992 168.700 169.185 172.938 177.231 184.562 190.754 194.722 202.931 199.303 205.531 213.961 217.997 220.151 221.720 217.103 217.528 221.248 225.999 227.903 226.985

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Buying power of $20 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for All items less food and shelter, 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 9.88%
1980 $22.58 12.88%
1981 $24.92 10.37%
1982 $26.48 6.27%
1983 $27.62 4.29%
1984 $28.77 4.17%
1985 $29.69 3.22%
1986 $29.75 0.21%
1987 $30.66 3.06%
1988 $31.80 3.71%
1989 $33.28 4.66%
1990 $35.05 5.29%
1991 $36.62 4.49%
1992 $37.86 3.39%
1993 $39.05 3.14%
1994 $40.00 2.43%
1995 $41.04 2.59%
1996 $42.14 2.69%
1997 $42.93 1.88%
1998 $43.13 0.47%
1999 $43.93 1.84%
2000 $45.57 3.75%
2001 $46.60 2.25%
2002 $46.73 0.29%
2003 $47.77 2.22%
2004 $48.95 2.48%
2005 $50.98 4.14%
2006 $52.69 3.36%
2007 $53.78 2.08%
2008 $56.05 4.22%
2009 $55.05 -1.79%
2010 $56.77 3.13%
2011 $59.10 4.10%
2012 $60.21 1.89%
2013 $60.81 0.99%
2014 $61.24 0.71%
2015 $59.97 -2.08%
2016 $60.08 0.20%
2017 $61.11 1.71%
2018 $62.42 2.15%
2019 $62.95 0.84%
2020 $62.70 -0.40%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for all items less food and shelter, 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 and shelter was 72.408 in the year 1979 and 226.985 in 2020:

226.985 / 72.408 * $20 = $62.70

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $62.70 in 2020 (in the CPI category of All items less food and shelter).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for All items less food and shelter in 1967. In addition to all items less food and 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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