All items priced at $20 in 1939 $414.66 in 2022

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Prices for All Items, 1939-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for all items are 1,973.29% higher in 2022 versus 1939 (a $394.66 difference in value).

Between 1939 and 2022: All items experienced an average inflation rate of 3.72% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, all items costing $20 in the year 1939 would cost $414.66 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.72% during this same period, inflation for all items was similar.

In the year 1939: Pricing changed by -1.31%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for all items during the 1939-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1939 (-1.31%), inflation for all items was similar.

Price Inflation for All items since 1913

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1917 (17.81%), 1918 (17.34%), and 1920 (15.62%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1939

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for All items, over time, for $20 beginning in 1939. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1939$20.00-1.31%
1940$20.140.72%
1941$21.175.11%
1942$23.4810.92%
1943$24.895.98%
1944$25.301.64%
1945$25.872.27%
1946$28.068.47%
1947$32.1014.39%
1948$34.587.72%
1949$34.24-0.99%
1950$34.611.10%
1951$37.337.86%
1952$38.172.25%
1953$38.480.81%
1954$38.620.34%
1955$38.51-0.29%
1956$39.091.52%
1957$40.403.34%
1958$41.502.74%
1959$41.910.99%
1960$42.531.48%
1961$42.991.07%
1962$43.501.18%
1963$44.041.25%
1964$44.601.28%
1965$45.311.59%
1966$46.673.00%
1967$47.982.80%
1968$50.024.27%
1969$52.755.46%
1970$55.835.83%
1971$58.234.30%
1972$60.133.27%
1973$63.856.18%
1974$70.9111.05%
1975$77.399.14%
1976$81.845.75%
1977$87.166.50%
1978$93.817.63%
1979$104.3711.26%
1980$118.5113.55%
1981$130.7510.33%
1982$138.776.13%
1983$143.233.21%
1984$149.394.30%
1985$154.693.55%
1986$157.621.90%
1987$163.403.66%
1988$170.074.08%
1989$178.274.83%
1990$187.905.40%
1991$195.854.23%
1992$201.783.03%
1993$207.742.95%
1994$213.152.60%
1995$219.142.81%
1996$225.562.93%
1997$230.832.33%
1998$234.411.55%
1999$239.552.19%
2000$247.633.38%
2001$254.632.83%
2002$258.671.59%
2003$264.552.27%
2004$271.632.68%
2005$280.843.39%
2006$289.903.23%
2007$298.172.85%
2008$309.623.84%
2009$308.52-0.36%
2010$313.581.64%
2011$323.473.16%
2012$330.172.07%
2013$335.001.46%
2014$340.441.62%
2015$340.840.12%
2016$345.141.26%
2017$352.502.13%
2018$361.102.44%
2019$367.651.81%
2020$372.181.23%
2021$389.674.70%
2022$414.666.41%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year19131914191519161917191819191920192119221923192419251926192719281929193019311932193319341935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI9.88510.01510.10810.88512.82315.04617.33120.03817.85416.75417.05417.12317.53817.70017.36217.15417.15416.70015.20813.64612.93813.38513.72313.86914.38514.09213.90814.00814.72316.33117.30817.59217.99219.51522.32324.04623.80824.06925.96226.54626.76226.85426.77727.18528.09228.86229.14629.57729.89230.24630.62331.01531.50832.45433.36234.78536.68538.82340.49241.81544.40049.30853.81556.90860.60865.23172.57782.40890.92396.50099.600103.885107.569109.608113.623118.262123.969130.662136.192140.315144.462148.223152.385156.854160.515163.008166.577172.200177.069179.877183.962188.885195.292201.592207.342215.303214.537218.056224.939229.594232.957236.736237.017240.007245.120251.107255.657258.811270.970288.347

Adjust all items prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1939 * 1939 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for All items was 13.908 in the year 1939 and 288.347 in 2022:

288.347 / 13.908 * $20 = $414.66

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1939 has the same "purchasing power" as $414.66 in 2022 (in the CPI category of All items).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for All items in 1913. In addition to all items, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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