San Diego, California prices: $100 in 1997 $262.72 in 2021

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Prices in San Diego, 1997-2021 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in San Diego, California are 162.72% higher in 2021 versus 1997 (a $162.72 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2021: San Diego experienced an average inflation rate of 4.11% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $100 in San Diego in the year 1997 would cost $262.72 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.21% during this same period, inflation in San Diego was higher.

In the year 1997: Pricing changed by 2.44%, which is below the average yearly change in San Diego during the 1997-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1997 (2.33%), inflation in San Diego was higher.

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 $100.00 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in San Diego, over time, for $100 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1997$100.002.44%
1998$104.944.94%
1999$111.836.56%
2000$119.096.49%
2001$128.798.15%
2002$139.057.97%
2003$148.696.93%
2004$156.765.43%
2005$162.523.67%
2006$168.463.66%
2007$174.643.67%
2008$182.484.49%
2009$186.812.37%
2010$186.77-0.02%
2011$188.380.86%
2012$192.912.40%
2013$197.022.13%
2014$200.901.97%
2015$208.763.92%
2016$217.114.00%
2017$228.855.41%
2018$241.365.47%
2019$249.953.56%
2020$257.092.85%
2021$262.722.19%*

* 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:

Year19841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
CPI108.900120.700129.900134.900139.500144.600150.900153.600154.700153.400153.000153.900156.000159.800167.700178.700190.300205.800222.200237.600250.500259.700269.200279.078291.598298.517298.462301.030308.267314.839321.037333.606346.938365.707385.694399.426410.829419.819

Adjust San Diego prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for San Diego, California was 159.800 in the year 1997 and 419.819 in 2021:

419.819 / 159.800 * $100 = $262.72

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $262.72 in 2021 (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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