Commodities priced at $20 in 1997 $31.43 in 2024

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Prices for Commodities, 1997-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for commodities are 57.16% higher in 2024 versus 1997 (a $11.43 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2024: Commodities experienced an average inflation rate of 1.69% per year. In other words, commodities costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $31.43 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.48% during this same period, inflation for commodities was lower.

In the year 1997: Pricing changed by 1.39%, which is below the average yearly change for commodities during the 1997-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1997 (2.33%), inflation for commodities was lower.

Price Inflation for Commodities since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (19.07%), 1942 (14.43%), and 1946 (12.36%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Commodities, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1997$20.001.39%
1998$20.010.06%
1999$20.371.77%
2000$21.043.29%
2001$21.240.98%
2002$21.11-0.62%
2003$21.320.98%
2004$21.822.35%
2005$22.583.50%
2006$23.122.40%
2007$23.622.14%
2008$24.644.33%
2009$23.93-2.90%
2010$24.612.87%
2011$25.935.33%
2012$26.452.02%
2013$26.460.05%
2014$26.500.15%
2015$25.62-3.32%
2016$25.27-1.36%
2017$25.561.12%
2018$26.031.86%
2019$26.120.35%
2020$26.06-0.25%
2021$28.097.81%
2022$31.1510.90%
2023$31.511.16%
2024$31.43-0.26%*

* 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:

Year193519361937193819391940194119421943194419451946194719481949195019511952195319541955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI14.87515.06715.72015.04014.78014.92016.08018.40019.94020.12020.72023.28027.72029.58028.72029.12031.72031.96031.86031.56031.30031.57732.57733.31533.35433.60833.83834.10034.43834.76935.18536.09236.76938.10839.85441.70843.16944.46947.75453.47758.23860.73864.22368.77776.63185.99293.21596.97799.838103.208105.377104.369107.723111.492116.700122.785126.623129.115131.508133.754136.431139.892141.838141.923144.431149.185150.654149.723151.185154.738160.162164.000167.509174.764169.698174.566183.862187.577187.670187.943181.703179.236181.242184.617185.266184.799199.227220.936223.492222.916

Adjust commodities prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Commodities was 141.838 in the year 1997 and 222.916 in 2024:

222.916 / 141.838 * $20 = $31.43

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $31.43 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Commodities).


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