Commodities less food and energy commodities priced at $20 in 1957 $77.11 in 2020

Commodities Less Food And Energy Commodities Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Commodities Less Food And Energy Commodities, 1957-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for commodities less food and energy commodities were 285.53% higher in 2020 versus 1957 (a $57.11 difference in value).

Between 1957 and 2020: Commodities less food and energy commodities experienced an average inflation rate of 2.17% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, commodities less food and energy commodities costing $20 in the year 1957 would cost $77.11 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.58% during this same period, inflation for commodities less food and energy commodities was lower.

Price Inflation for Commodities less food and energy commodities since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (9.42%), 1975 (9.38%), and 1979 (8.40%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Commodities less food and energy commodities:

Year 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 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 37.369 37.846 38.369 38.515 38.631 38.946 39.200 39.623 39.792 40.292 41.254 42.846 44.731 46.700 48.523 49.677 51.062 54.969 60.123 63.200 66.469 70.438 76.354 83.546 89.962 95.346 100.208 104.423 107.154 108.592 111.800 115.754 119.608 123.638 128.762 132.454 135.231 137.138 139.315 141.285 142.331 143.154 144.138 144.862 145.285 143.692 140.877 139.569 140.285 140.638 140.053 140.246 142.041 143.588 145.499 147.331 147.279 146.770 146.080 145.396 144.377 144.051 144.361 144.069

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Buying power of $20 since 1957

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Commodities less food and energy commodities, over time, for $20 beginning in 1957. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1957 $20.00 -
1958 $20.26 1.28%
1959 $20.54 1.38%
1960 $20.61 0.38%
1961 $20.68 0.30%
1962 $20.84 0.82%
1963 $20.98 0.65%
1964 $21.21 1.08%
1965 $21.30 0.43%
1966 $21.56 1.26%
1967 $22.08 2.39%
1968 $22.93 3.86%
1969 $23.94 4.40%
1970 $24.99 4.40%
1971 $25.97 3.90%
1972 $26.59 2.38%
1973 $27.33 2.79%
1974 $29.42 7.65%
1975 $32.18 9.38%
1976 $33.82 5.12%
1977 $35.57 5.17%
1978 $37.70 5.97%
1979 $40.86 8.40%
1980 $44.71 9.42%
1981 $48.15 7.68%
1982 $51.03 5.99%
1983 $53.63 5.10%
1984 $55.89 4.21%
1985 $57.35 2.62%
1986 $58.12 1.34%
1987 $59.84 2.95%
1988 $61.95 3.54%
1989 $64.01 3.33%
1990 $66.17 3.37%
1991 $68.91 4.14%
1992 $70.89 2.87%
1993 $72.38 2.10%
1994 $73.40 1.41%
1995 $74.56 1.59%
1996 $75.62 1.41%
1997 $76.18 0.74%
1998 $76.62 0.58%
1999 $77.14 0.69%
2000 $77.53 0.50%
2001 $77.76 0.29%
2002 $76.90 -1.10%
2003 $75.40 -1.96%
2004 $74.70 -0.93%
2005 $75.08 0.51%
2006 $75.27 0.25%
2007 $74.96 -0.42%
2008 $75.06 0.14%
2009 $76.02 1.28%
2010 $76.85 1.09%
2011 $77.87 1.33%
2012 $78.85 1.26%
2013 $78.82 -0.04%
2014 $78.55 -0.35%
2015 $78.18 -0.47%
2016 $77.82 -0.47%
2017 $77.27 -0.70%
2018 $77.10 -0.23%
2019 $77.26 0.22%
2020 $77.11 -0.20%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for commodities less food and energy commodities, 1957-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1957 * 1957 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Commodities less food and energy commodities was 37.369 in the year 1957 and 144.069 in 2020:

144.069 / 37.369 * $20 = $77.11

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1957 has the same "purchasing power" as $77.11 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Commodities less food and energy commodities).


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

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