All items less shelter priced at $20 in 1986 $43.41 in 2020

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Prices for All Items Less Shelter, 1986-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items less shelter were 117.07% higher in 2020 versus 1986 (a $23.41 difference in value).

Between 1986 and 2020: All items less shelter experienced an average inflation rate of 2.31% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, all items less shelter costing $20 in the year 1986 would cost $43.41 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.56% during this same period, inflation for all items less shelter was lower.

In the year 1986: Pricing changed by 0.90%, which is below the average yearly change for all items less shelter during the 1986-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1986 (1.90%), inflation for all items less shelter was lower.

Price Inflation for All items less shelter since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1990 (5.40%), 1989 (4.92%), and 2008 (4.48%).

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

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 2020
CPI 103.900 107.033 108.000 111.633 115.900 121.600 128.167 133.500 137.333 141.367 144.833 148.600 152.800 155.933 157.233 160.200 165.733 169.733 170.800 174.600 179.300 186.067 191.900 196.639 205.453 203.301 208.643 217.048 221.446 223.820 226.192 223.313 223.807 227.241 231.789 234.215 234.433

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Buying power of $20 since 1986

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for All items less shelter, over time, for $20 beginning in 1986. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1986 $20.00 0.90%
1987 $20.67 3.36%
1988 $21.46 3.82%
1989 $22.52 4.92%
1990 $23.73 5.40%
1991 $24.72 4.16%
1992 $25.43 2.87%
1993 $26.18 2.94%
1994 $26.82 2.45%
1995 $27.52 2.60%
1996 $28.30 2.83%
1997 $28.88 2.05%
1998 $29.12 0.83%
1999 $29.67 1.89%
2000 $30.69 3.45%
2001 $31.43 2.41%
2002 $31.63 0.63%
2003 $32.33 2.22%
2004 $33.20 2.69%
2005 $34.46 3.77%
2006 $35.54 3.14%
2007 $36.41 2.47%
2008 $38.05 4.48%
2009 $37.65 -1.05%
2010 $38.64 2.63%
2011 $40.19 4.03%
2012 $41.01 2.03%
2013 $41.45 1.07%
2014 $41.89 1.06%
2015 $41.35 -1.27%
2016 $41.45 0.22%
2017 $42.08 1.53%
2018 $42.92 2.00%
2019 $43.37 1.05%
2020 $43.41 0.09%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for all items less shelter, 1986-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1986 * 1986 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items less shelter was 108.000 in the year 1986 and 234.433 in 2020:

234.433 / 108.000 * $20 = $43.41

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1986 has the same "purchasing power" as $43.41 in 2020 (in the CPI category of All items less shelter).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for All items less shelter in 1984. In addition to all items less 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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