Fuels and utilities priced at $20 in 1952 $261.87 in 2022

Fuels And Utilities Inflation Calculator

$

Prices for Fuels And Utilities, 1952-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for fuels and utilities are 1,209.36% higher in 2022 versus 1952 (a $241.87 difference in value).

Between 1952 and 2022: Fuels and utilities experienced an average inflation rate of 3.74% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, fuels and utilities costing $20 in the year 1952 would cost $261.87 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.47% during this same period, inflation for fuels and utilities was higher.

Price Inflation for Fuels and utilities since 1952

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1974 (18.34%), 1980 (16.43%), and 1981 (14.60%).

View price changes for other categories
Financial services · Denver, Colorado · Milk · Legal services · More

Buying power of $20.00 since 1952

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Fuels and utilities, over time, for $20 beginning in 1952. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1952$20.00-
1953$20.251.25%
1954$20.350.48%
1955$20.782.11%
1956$21.282.43%
1957$21.912.96%
1958$22.362.02%
1959$22.862.23%
1960$23.372.27%
1961$23.661.22%
1962$23.720.26%
1963$23.930.88%
1964$24.000.29%
1965$23.99-0.03%
1966$24.090.40%
1967$24.381.21%
1968$24.701.31%
1969$25.272.30%
1970$26.243.87%
1971$28.036.81%
1972$29.274.40%
1973$30.945.73%
1974$36.6218.34%
1975$40.9111.73%
1976$44.548.86%
1977$49.3010.69%
1978$52.666.82%
1979$58.3410.78%
1980$67.9216.43%
1981$77.8414.60%
1982$85.529.87%
1983$90.295.57%
1984$94.454.61%
1985$95.971.61%
1986$93.80-2.27%
1987$92.82-1.04%
1988$94.091.37%
1989$97.093.19%
1990$100.553.57%
1991$103.843.27%
1992$106.132.20%
1993$109.292.98%
1994$110.621.21%
1995$111.400.71%
1996$114.873.12%
1997$117.802.55%
1998$115.73-1.75%
1999$116.040.26%
2000$124.237.06%
2001$135.298.90%
2002$129.33-4.40%
2003$139.227.65%
2004$145.854.76%
2005$161.3010.59%
2006$175.418.75%
2007$180.753.05%
2008$198.219.66%
2009$189.82-4.24%
2010$192.961.66%
2011$198.532.89%
2012$197.29-0.63%
2013$202.892.84%
2014$211.344.17%
2015$207.32-1.90%
2016$206.18-0.55%
2017$213.803.70%
2018$217.621.79%
2019$218.560.43%
2020$219.770.56%
2021$234.726.80%
2022$261.8711.57%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Fuels and utilities:

Year19521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI22.20022.47722.58523.06223.62324.32324.81525.36925.94626.26226.33126.56226.63826.63126.73827.06227.41528.04629.13131.11532.48534.34640.64645.41549.43854.72358.45464.75475.39286.40094.931100.223104.838106.531104.115103.031104.438107.769111.615115.262117.800121.315122.785123.654127.508130.754128.462128.800137.892150.169143.562154.538161.892179.038194.700200.632220.018210.696214.187220.367218.986225.207234.589230.129228.855237.315241.554242.598243.949260.540290.678

Adjust fuels and utilities prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Fuels and utilities was 22.200 in the year 1952 and 290.678 in 2022:

290.678 / 22.200 * $20 = $261.87

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" as $261.87 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Fuels and utilities).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Fuels and utilities in 1952. In addition to fuels and utilities, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

» Read more about inflation and investment.