Energy services priced at $20 in 1951 $255.15 in 2022

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Prices for Energy Services, 1951-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for energy services are 1,175.76% higher in 2022 versus 1951 (a $235.15 difference in value).

Between 1951 and 2022: Energy services experienced an average inflation rate of 3.65% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, energy services costing $20 in the year 1951 would cost $255.15 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.45% during this same period, inflation for energy services was higher.

In the year 1951: Pricing changed by 0.48%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for energy services during the 1951-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1951 (7.86%), inflation for energy services was much lower.

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 1974 (15.33%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1951

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Energy services, over time, for $20 beginning in 1951. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1951$20.000.48%
1952$20.241.20%
1953$20.662.09%
1954$20.921.23%
1955$21.442.52%
1956$21.691.15%
1957$21.900.96%
1958$22.693.60%
1959$23.252.49%
1960$24.184.01%
1961$24.370.76%
1962$24.370.00%
1963$24.36-0.03%
1964$24.380.07%
1965$24.34-0.16%
1966$24.430.39%
1967$24.530.39%
1968$24.740.88%
1969$25.211.87%
1970$26.314.36%
1971$28.136.94%
1972$29.555.04%
1973$30.994.88%
1974$35.7415.33%
1975$41.5916.37%
1976$46.3411.40%
1977$52.3212.92%
1978$57.038.99%
1979$63.2210.86%
1980$74.0117.07%
1981$84.8214.60%
1982$96.5713.85%
1983$105.138.87%
1984$109.173.84%
1985$111.001.67%
1986$109.55-1.31%
1987$107.60-1.78%
1988$108.430.77%
1989$111.442.78%
1990$113.301.67%
1991$116.682.99%
1992$118.951.94%
1993$122.803.24%
1994$123.560.62%
1995$123.50-0.05%
1996$126.492.42%
1997$129.602.46%
1998$125.64-3.06%
1999$125.24-0.32%
2000$132.675.94%
2001$147.5711.23%
2002$139.28-5.62%
2003$150.297.90%
2004$156.093.86%
2005$172.5610.56%
2006$188.719.36%
2007$193.022.28%
2008$209.558.56%
2009$200.58-4.28%
2010$199.88-0.35%
2011$201.440.78%
2012$196.56-2.42%
2013$201.882.70%
2014$210.754.40%
2015$205.92-2.29%
2016$203.17-1.33%
2017$210.043.38%
2018$211.210.55%
2019$210.83-0.18%
2020$211.920.52%
2021$226.807.02%
2022$255.1512.50%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Energy services:

Year1935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI20.40019.98319.62019.62019.60019.44019.26919.18519.07719.01518.86918.32318.26918.70819.20819.20819.30019.53119.93820.18520.69220.93121.13121.89222.43823.33823.51523.51523.50823.52323.48523.57723.66923.87724.32325.38527.14628.51529.90834.49240.13844.71550.49255.03161.00871.42381.85493.192101.454105.354107.115105.715103.831104.631107.538109.331112.600114.785118.500119.231119.177122.062125.062121.238120.854128.031142.408134.408145.031150.623166.523182.108186.262202.212193.563192.886194.386189.679194.810203.374198.708196.059202.691203.815203.454204.508218.863246.222

Adjust energy services prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1951 * 1951 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Energy services was 19.300 in the year 1951 and 246.222 in 2022:

246.222 / 19.300 * $20 = $255.15

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1951 has the same "purchasing power" as $255.15 in 2022 (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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