Rent of shelter priced at $20 in 1990 $46.58 in 2020

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Prices for Rent Of Shelter, 1990-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for rent of shelter were 132.90% higher in 2020 versus 1990 (a $26.58 difference in value).

Between 1990 and 2020: Rent of shelter experienced an average inflation rate of 2.86% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, rent of shelter costing $20 in the year 1990 would cost $46.58 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.29% during this same period, inflation for rent of shelter was higher.

Price Inflation for Rent of shelter since 1990

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1991 (4.52%), 2002 (3.77%), and 2001 (3.75%).

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

Year 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 2020
CPI 145.567 152.142 157.300 162.025 167.025 172.408 177.958 183.408 189.575 194.958 201.325 208.867 216.733 221.867 227.908 233.742 241.892 250.802 257.139 259.913 258.819 262.209 267.850 274.043 281.751 290.382 300.279 310.336 320.677 331.606 339.024

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Buying power of $20 since 1990

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Rent of shelter, over time, for $20 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 $20.00 -
1991 $20.90 4.52%
1992 $21.61 3.39%
1993 $22.26 3.00%
1994 $22.95 3.09%
1995 $23.69 3.22%
1996 $24.45 3.22%
1997 $25.20 3.06%
1998 $26.05 3.36%
1999 $26.79 2.84%
2000 $27.66 3.27%
2001 $28.70 3.75%
2002 $29.78 3.77%
2003 $30.48 2.37%
2004 $31.31 2.72%
2005 $32.11 2.56%
2006 $33.23 3.49%
2007 $34.46 3.68%
2008 $35.33 2.53%
2009 $35.71 1.08%
2010 $35.56 -0.42%
2011 $36.03 1.31%
2012 $36.80 2.15%
2013 $37.65 2.31%
2014 $38.71 2.81%
2015 $39.90 3.06%
2016 $41.26 3.41%
2017 $42.64 3.35%
2018 $44.06 3.33%
2019 $45.56 3.41%
2020 $46.58 2.24%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for rent of shelter, 1990-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1990 * 1990 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Rent of shelter was 145.567 in the year 1990 and 339.024 in 2020:

339.024 / 145.567 * $20 = $46.58

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" as $46.58 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Rent of shelter).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Rent of shelter in 1990. In addition to rent of shelter, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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