All items less food priced at $20 in 1984 $49.07 in 2019

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Prices for All Items Less Food, 1984-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less food were 145.33% higher in 2019 versus 1984 (a $29.07 difference in value).

Between 1984 and 2019: All items less food experienced an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, all items less food costing $20 in the year 1984 would cost $49.07 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.61% during this same period, inflation for all items less food was lower.

Price Inflation for All items less food since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1990 (5.34%), 1989 (4.56%), and 1991 (4.48%).

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

Year 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
CPI 104.033 108.000 109.767 113.633 118.300 123.700 130.300 136.133 140.767 145.133 149.000 153.100 157.500 161.100 163.433 167.033 173.000 177.800 180.533 184.667 189.367 196.033 202.700 208.098 215.528 214.008 217.829 224.503 228.962 232.343 235.818 235.433 238.773 244.345 250.710 255.228

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Buying power of $20 since 1984

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for All items less food, over time, for $20 beginning in 1984. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1984 $20.00 -
1985 $20.76 3.81%
1986 $21.10 1.64%
1987 $21.85 3.52%
1988 $22.74 4.11%
1989 $23.78 4.56%
1990 $25.05 5.34%
1991 $26.17 4.48%
1992 $27.06 3.40%
1993 $27.90 3.10%
1994 $28.64 2.66%
1995 $29.43 2.75%
1996 $30.28 2.87%
1997 $30.97 2.29%
1998 $31.42 1.45%
1999 $32.11 2.20%
2000 $33.26 3.57%
2001 $34.18 2.77%
2002 $34.71 1.54%
2003 $35.50 2.29%
2004 $36.40 2.55%
2005 $37.69 3.52%
2006 $38.97 3.40%
2007 $40.01 2.66%
2008 $41.43 3.57%
2009 $41.14 -0.71%
2010 $41.88 1.79%
2011 $43.16 3.06%
2012 $44.02 1.99%
2013 $44.67 1.48%
2014 $45.34 1.50%
2015 $45.26 -0.16%
2016 $45.90 1.42%
2017 $46.97 2.33%
2018 $48.20 2.60%
2019 $49.07 1.80%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for all items less food, 1984-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1984 * 1984 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items less food was 104.033 in the year 1984 and 255.228 in 2019:

255.228 / 104.033 * $20 = $49.07

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1984 has the same "purchasing power" as $49.07 in 2019 (in the CPI category of All items less food).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for All items less food in 1984. In addition to all items less food, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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