Fuels and utilities priced at $20 in 1979 $90.52 in 2022

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Prices for Fuels And Utilities, 1979-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for fuels and utilities are 352.58% higher in 2022 versus 1979 (a $70.52 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2022: Fuels and utilities experienced an average inflation rate of 3.57% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, fuels and utilities costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $90.52 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.28% during this same period, inflation for fuels and utilities was higher.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 10.78%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for fuels and utilities during the 1979-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for fuels and utilities was lower.

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%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Fuels and utilities, over time, for $20 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1979$20.0010.78%
1980$23.2916.43%
1981$26.6914.60%
1982$29.329.87%
1983$30.965.57%
1984$32.384.61%
1985$32.901.61%
1986$32.16-2.27%
1987$31.82-1.04%
1988$32.261.37%
1989$33.293.19%
1990$34.473.57%
1991$35.603.27%
1992$36.382.20%
1993$37.472.98%
1994$37.921.21%
1995$38.190.71%
1996$39.383.12%
1997$40.382.55%
1998$39.68-1.75%
1999$39.780.26%
2000$42.597.06%
2001$46.388.90%
2002$44.34-4.40%
2003$47.737.65%
2004$50.004.76%
2005$55.3010.59%
2006$60.148.75%
2007$61.973.05%
2008$67.969.66%
2009$65.08-4.24%
2010$66.151.66%
2011$68.062.89%
2012$67.64-0.63%
2013$69.562.84%
2014$72.464.17%
2015$71.08-1.90%
2016$70.68-0.55%
2017$73.303.70%
2018$74.611.79%
2019$74.930.43%
2020$75.350.56%
2021$80.476.80%
2022$90.5212.48%*

* 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 Fuels and utilities:

Year19521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI22.20022.47722.58523.06223.62324.32324.81525.36925.94626.26226.33126.56226.63826.63126.73827.06227.41528.04629.13131.11532.48534.34640.64645.41549.43854.72358.45464.75475.39286.40094.931100.223104.838106.531104.115103.031104.438107.769111.615115.262117.800121.315122.785123.654127.508130.754128.462128.800137.892150.169143.562154.538161.892179.038194.700200.632220.018210.696214.187220.367218.986225.207234.589230.129228.855237.315241.554242.598243.949260.540293.061

Adjust fuels and utilities prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Fuels and utilities was 64.754 in the year 1979 and 293.061 in 2022:

293.061 / 64.754 * $20 = $90.52

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $90.52 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.

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