Rent priced at $1,000 in 1990 $2,369.52 in 2019

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Prices for Rent, 1990-2019 ($1,000)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for rent of primary residence were 136.95% higher in 2019 versus 1990 (a $1,369.52 difference in value).

Between 1990 and 2019: Rent experienced an average inflation rate of 3.02% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, rent costing $1,000 in the year 1990 would cost $2,369.52 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.34% during this same period, inflation for rent was higher.

In the year 1990: Pricing changed by 4.24%, which is above the average yearly change for rent during the 1990-2019 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1990 (5.40%), inflation for rent was lower.

Price Inflation for Rent of primary residence since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1985 (6.14%), 1986 (5.82%), and 2001 (4.46%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Rent of primary residence:

Year 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 105.300 111.767 118.267 123.133 127.833 132.800 138.433 143.333 146.900 150.333 154.000 157.767 161.967 166.700 172.067 177.500 183.900 192.100 199.700 205.533 211.033 217.333 225.100 234.679 243.271 248.812 249.385 253.638 260.367 267.725 276.162 286.032 296.820 308.143 319.289 328.020

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Buying power of $1000 since 1990

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Rent, over time, for $1000 beginning in 1990. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1990 $1,000.00 4.24%
1991 $1,035.40 3.54%
1992 $1,061.16 2.49%
1993 $1,085.96 2.34%
1994 $1,112.45 2.44%
1995 $1,139.66 2.45%
1996 $1,170.00 2.66%
1997 $1,204.19 2.92%
1998 $1,242.96 3.22%
1999 $1,282.21 3.16%
2000 $1,328.44 3.61%
2001 $1,387.67 4.46%
2002 $1,442.57 3.96%
2003 $1,484.71 2.92%
2004 $1,524.44 2.68%
2005 $1,569.95 2.99%
2006 $1,626.05 3.57%
2007 $1,695.25 4.26%
2008 $1,757.32 3.66%
2009 $1,797.34 2.28%
2010 $1,801.48 0.23%
2011 $1,832.21 1.71%
2012 $1,880.81 2.65%
2013 $1,933.96 2.83%
2014 $1,994.91 3.15%
2015 $2,066.21 3.57%
2016 $2,144.14 3.77%
2017 $2,225.93 3.81%
2018 $2,306.45 3.62%
2019 $2,369.52 2.73%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for rent, 1990-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1990 * 1990 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Rent of primary residence was 138.433 in the year 1990 and 328.020 in 2019:

328.020 / 138.433 * $1,000 = $2,369.52

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $1,000 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" as $2,369.52 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Rent of primary residence).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Rent of primary residence in 1984. In addition to rent, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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