Energy priced at $20 in 1959 $274.05 in 2022

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Prices for Energy, 1959-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for energy are 1,270.26% higher in 2022 versus 1959 (a $254.05 difference in value).

Between 1959 and 2022: Energy experienced an average inflation rate of 4.24% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, energy costing $20 in the year 1959 would cost $274.05 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.72% during this same period, inflation for energy was higher.

In the year 1959: Pricing changed by 1.67%, which is below the average yearly change for energy during the 1959-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1959 (0.99%), inflation for energy was higher.

Price Inflation for Energy since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (30.84%), 1974 (29.21%), and 2022 (25.80%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1959

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Energy, over time, for $20 beginning in 1959. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1959$20.001.67%
1960$20.522.59%
1961$20.560.22%
1962$20.650.41%
1963$20.690.22%
1964$20.60-0.44%
1965$20.981.85%
1966$21.311.56%
1967$21.792.25%
1968$22.121.50%
1969$22.712.69%
1970$23.312.65%
1971$24.243.99%
1972$24.912.77%
1973$26.928.04%
1974$34.7829.21%
1975$38.4710.60%
1976$41.267.25%
1977$45.179.47%
1978$48.046.36%
1979$60.1425.19%
1980$78.6830.84%
1981$89.3313.53%
1982$90.661.49%
1983$91.310.71%
1984$92.210.99%
1985$92.850.69%
1986$80.68-13.11%
1987$80.970.36%
1988$81.570.74%
1989$86.225.71%
1990$93.298.19%
1991$93.690.43%
1992$94.180.52%
1993$95.281.16%
1994$95.680.42%
1995$96.210.56%
1996$100.694.66%
1997$101.971.27%
1998$94.06-7.76%
1999$97.493.65%
2000$113.9016.84%
2001$118.093.67%
2002$111.25-5.79%
2003$124.9812.33%
2004$138.4810.80%
2005$161.9216.93%
2006$179.7811.03%
2007$189.965.66%
2008$215.9513.68%
2009$176.83-18.11%
2010$193.549.45%
2011$222.8515.15%
2012$224.910.93%
2013$223.39-0.68%
2014$222.45-0.42%
2015$185.26-16.72%
2016$173.26-6.48%
2017$187.158.02%
2018$201.037.42%
2019$196.78-2.12%
2020$180.33-8.36%
2021$217.8520.81%
2022$274.0525.80%*

* 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:

Year195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI21.47521.51721.87522.44222.49222.58322.63322.53322.95023.30823.83324.19224.84225.50026.51727.25029.44238.04242.07545.12549.40052.54265.77586.05897.70099.15899.867100.858101.55088.24288.55889.21794.308102.033102.475103.008104.208104.650105.233110.133111.533102.875106.625124.583129.158121.683136.692151.458177.100196.633207.765236.190193.410211.682243.744245.999244.328243.307202.632189.500204.696219.879215.225197.238238.279299.744

Adjust energy prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1959 * 1959 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Energy was 21.875 in the year 1959 and 299.744 in 2022:

299.744 / 21.875 * $20 = $274.05

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1959 has the same "purchasing power" as $274.05 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Energy).


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

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