Energy services priced at $20 in 1949 $278.51 in 2024

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Prices for Energy Services, 1949-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for energy services are 1,292.54% higher in 2024 versus 1949 (a $258.51 difference in value).

Between 1949 and 2024: Energy services experienced an average inflation rate of 3.57% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, energy services costing $20 in the year 1949 would cost $278.51 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.47% during this same period, inflation for energy services was higher.

In the year 1949: Pricing changed by 2.67%, which is below the average yearly change for energy services during the 1949-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1949 (-0.99%), inflation for energy services was much higher.

Price Inflation for Energy services since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (17.07%), 1975 (16.37%), and 2022 (16.09%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1949

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Energy services, over time, for $20 beginning in 1949. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1949$20.002.67%
1950$20.000.00% **
1951$20.100.48%
1952$20.341.20%
1953$20.762.09%
1954$21.021.23%
1955$21.552.52%
1956$21.791.15%
1957$22.000.96%
1958$22.803.60%
1959$23.362.49%
1960$24.304.01%
1961$24.490.76%
1962$24.490.00% **
1963$24.48-0.03%
1964$24.490.07%
1965$24.45-0.16%
1966$24.550.39%
1967$24.650.39%
1968$24.860.88%
1969$25.331.87%
1970$26.434.36%
1971$28.276.94%
1972$29.695.04%
1973$31.144.88%
1974$35.9215.33%
1975$41.7916.37%
1976$46.5611.40%
1977$52.5812.92%
1978$57.308.99%
1979$63.5210.86%
1980$74.3717.07%
1981$85.2314.60%
1982$97.0413.85%
1983$105.648.87%
1984$109.703.84%
1985$111.531.67%
1986$110.08-1.31%
1987$108.11-1.78%
1988$108.950.77%
1989$111.972.78%
1990$113.841.67%
1991$117.242.99%
1992$119.521.94%
1993$123.393.24%
1994$124.150.62%
1995$124.09-0.05%
1996$127.102.42%
1997$130.222.46%
1998$126.24-3.06%
1999$125.84-0.32%
2000$133.315.94%
2001$148.2811.23%
2002$139.95-5.62%
2003$151.017.90%
2004$156.843.86%
2005$173.3910.56%
2006$189.629.36%
2007$193.952.28%
2008$210.558.56%
2009$201.55-4.28%
2010$200.84-0.35%
2011$202.400.78%
2012$197.50-2.42%
2013$202.852.70%
2014$211.764.40%
2015$206.91-2.29%
2016$204.15-1.33%
2017$211.053.38%
2018$212.220.55%
2019$211.85-0.18%
2020$212.940.52%
2021$227.897.02%
2022$264.5716.09%
2023$271.322.55%
2024$278.512.65%*

* 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 Energy services:

Year193519361937193819391940194119421943194419451946194719481949195019511952195319541955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI20.40019.98319.62019.62019.60019.44019.26919.18519.07719.01518.86918.32318.26918.70819.20819.20819.30019.53119.93820.18520.69220.93121.13121.89222.43823.33823.51523.51523.50823.52323.48523.57723.66923.87724.32325.38527.14628.51529.90834.49240.13844.71550.49255.03161.00871.42381.85493.192101.454105.354107.115105.715103.831104.631107.538109.331112.600114.785118.500119.231119.177122.062125.062121.238120.854128.031142.408134.408145.031150.623166.523182.108186.262202.212193.563192.886194.386189.679194.810203.374198.708196.059202.691203.815203.454204.508218.863254.085260.571267.475

Adjust energy services prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1949 * 1949 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Energy services was 19.208 in the year 1949 and 267.475 in 2024:

267.475 / 19.208 * $20 = $278.51

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1949 has the same "purchasing power" as $278.51 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Energy services).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Energy services in 1935. In addition to energy services, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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