Houston, Texas prices: $20 in 1992 $39.77 in 2022

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Prices in Houston, 1992-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in Houston, Texas are 98.83% higher in 2022 versus 1992 (a $19.77 difference in value).

Between 1992 and 2022: Houston experienced an average inflation rate of 2.32% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $20 in Houston in the year 1992 would cost $39.77 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.45% during this same period, inflation in Houston was lower.

In the year 1992: Pricing changed by 3.22%, which is above the average yearly change in Houston during the 1992-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1992 (3.03%), inflation in Houston was higher.

Price Inflation in Houston, Texas since 1914

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1919 (21.91%), 1918 (21.04%), and 1947 (17.55%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1992

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in Houston, over time, for $20 beginning in 1992. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1992$20.003.22%
1993$20.643.22%
1994$21.373.50%
1995$21.661.38%
1996$22.112.08%
1997$22.531.89%
1998$22.751.00%
1999$23.041.24%
2000$23.873.62%
2001$24.613.10%
2002$24.670.26%
2003$25.352.75%
2004$26.243.50%
2005$27.193.61%
2006$27.992.97%
2007$28.461.66%
2008$29.463.51%
2009$29.500.16%
2010$30.081.96%
2011$31.053.21%
2012$31.651.94%
2013$32.141.54%
2014$33.072.89%
2015$33.04-0.09%
2016$33.531.49%
2017$34.212.03%
2018$35.032.40%
2019$35.471.24%
2020$35.500.10%
2021$36.994.18%
2022$39.777.52%*

* 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 Houston, Texas:

Year1914191519161917191819191920192119221923192419251926192719281929193019311932193319341935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI9.5009.5009.61711.09213.42516.36719.13317.45015.90815.89215.84216.08316.16715.83315.63315.61715.50814.14212.70811.68312.22512.69212.83313.31713.30813.19213.22513.80015.24216.05016.20016.54217.85020.98322.73322.66723.35025.21725.52525.79225.83325.60025.99226.85027.31727.50827.82527.92528.48328.72529.16729.51730.30031.10032.35034.45036.27537.62538.92540.97545.55051.10054.97558.95064.51773.08382.40090.64297.15099.917102.525104.825103.983106.308109.383113.917120.242124.967128.992133.150137.808139.708142.608145.300146.758148.583153.958158.725159.142163.525169.242175.350180.550183.545189.983190.287194.025200.246204.130207.269213.268213.065216.242220.642225.943228.751228.979238.545256.474

Adjust Houston prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1992 * 1992 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Houston, Texas was 128.992 in the year 1992 and 256.474 in 2022:

256.474 / 128.992 * $20 = $39.77

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1992 has the same "purchasing power" as $39.77 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Houston, Texas).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Houston, Texas in 1914. In addition to Houston, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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