Commodities less food priced at $20 in 1982 $37.51 in 2023

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Prices for Commodities Less Food, 1982-2023 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for commodities less food are 87.56% higher in 2023 versus 1982 (a $17.51 difference in value).

Between 1982 and 2023: Commodities less food experienced an average inflation rate of 1.55% per year. In other words, commodities less food costing $20 in the year 1982 would cost $37.51 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.84% during this same period, inflation for commodities less food was lower.

In the year 1982: Pricing changed by 4.03%, which is above the average yearly change for commodities less food during the 1982-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1982 (6.13%), inflation for commodities less food was lower.

Price Inflation for Commodities less food since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (13.81%), 1947 (12.59%), and 1979 (11.64%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1982

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Commodities less food, over time, for $20 beginning in 1982. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1982$20.004.03%
1983$20.653.24%
1984$21.293.10%
1985$21.732.06%
1986$21.00-3.34%
1987$21.542.56%
1988$22.233.21%
1989$23.123.99%
1990$24.244.88%
1991$25.043.28%
1992$25.632.37%
1993$26.071.69%
1994$26.401.27%
1995$26.801.52%
1996$27.372.13%
1997$27.550.65%
1998$27.24-1.11%
1999$27.661.55%
2000$28.733.86%
2001$28.67-0.23%
2002$28.08-2.04%
2003$28.170.32%
2004$28.651.71%
2005$29.834.09%
2006$30.542.41%
2007$30.911.19%
2008$32.063.73%
2009$30.36-5.30%
2010$31.584.02%
2011$33.536.16%
2012$34.121.76%
2013$33.88-0.69%
2014$33.51-1.10%
2015$31.42-6.23%
2016$30.68-2.37%
2017$31.071.28%
2018$31.722.09%
2019$31.57-0.49%
2020$30.82-2.35%
2021$33.9510.14%
2022$37.8411.46%
2023$37.51-0.86%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year19351936193719381939194019411942194319441945194619471948194919501951195219531954195519561957195819591960196119621963196419651966196719681969197019711972197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
CPI17.77517.96718.78018.68018.44018.56019.60021.74022.68023.86024.82026.52029.86032.02031.38031.54033.94034.06034.16033.78033.56033.92334.93835.32335.78535.98536.07736.34636.59236.92337.15437.66238.60040.01541.72343.44645.08546.10847.70052.73157.56960.46963.74667.46275.31585.71593.12396.877100.015103.115105.238101.723104.331107.677111.969117.431121.285124.162126.262127.869129.815132.577133.438131.954134.000139.177138.862136.031136.462138.800144.477147.954149.720155.310147.071152.990162.409165.264164.129162.323152.217148.608150.505153.646152.898149.298164.441183.284181.702

Adjust commodities less food prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 1982 * 1982 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Commodities less food was 96.877 in the year 1982 and 181.702 in 2023:

181.702 / 96.877 * $20 = $37.51

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1982 has the same "purchasing power" as $37.51 in 2023 (in the CPI category of Commodities less food).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Commodities less food in 1935. In addition to commodities 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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