San Diego, California prices: $1 in 1996 $2.87 in 2022

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Prices in San Diego, 1996-2022 ($1)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in San Diego, California are 187.10% higher in 2022 versus 1996 (a $1.87 difference in value).

Between 1996 and 2022: San Diego experienced an average inflation rate of 4.14% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $1 in San Diego in the year 1996 would cost $2.87 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.43% during this same period, inflation in San Diego was higher.

In the year 1996: Pricing changed by 1.36%, which is below the average yearly change in San Diego during the 1996-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1996 (2.93%), inflation in San Diego was lower.

Price Inflation in San Diego, California since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1985 (10.84%), 2001 (8.15%), and 2002 (7.97%).

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Buying power of $1.00 since 1996

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in San Diego, over time, for $1 beginning in 1996. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1996$1.001.36%
1997$1.022.44%
1998$1.084.94%
1999$1.156.56%
2000$1.226.49%
2001$1.328.15%
2002$1.427.97%
2003$1.526.93%
2004$1.615.43%
2005$1.663.67%
2006$1.733.66%
2007$1.793.67%
2008$1.874.49%
2009$1.912.37%
2010$1.91-0.02%
2011$1.930.86%
2012$1.982.40%
2013$2.022.13%
2014$2.061.97%
2015$2.143.92%
2016$2.224.00%
2017$2.345.41%
2018$2.475.47%
2019$2.563.56%
2020$2.632.85%
2021$2.692.19%
2022$2.876.68%*

* 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 San Diego, California:

Year198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI108.900120.700129.900134.900139.500144.600150.900153.600154.700153.400153.000153.900156.000159.800167.700178.700190.300205.800222.200237.600250.500259.700269.200279.078291.598298.517298.462301.030308.267314.839321.037333.606346.938365.707385.694399.426410.829419.819447.869

Adjust San Diego prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1996 * 1996 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for San Diego, California was 156.000 in the year 1996 and 447.869 in 2022:

447.869 / 156.000 * $1 = $2.87

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $1 in 1996 has the same "purchasing power" as $2.87 in 2022 (in the CPI category of San Diego, California).


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

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