San Francisco, California prices: $1 in 1992 $2.28 in 2022

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Prices in San Francisco, 1992-2022 ($1)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in San Francisco, California are 127.71% higher in 2022 versus 1992 (a $1.28 difference in value).

Between 1992 and 2022: San Francisco experienced an average inflation rate of 2.78% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $1 in San Francisco in the year 1992 would cost $2.28 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.45% during this same period, inflation in San Francisco was higher.

In the year 1992: Pricing changed by 3.33%, which is above the average yearly change in San Francisco during the 1992-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1992 (3.03%), inflation in San Francisco was higher.

Price Inflation in San Francisco, California since 1914

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1919 (23.50%), 1918 (16.53%), and 1920 (16%).

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Buying power of $1.00 since 1992

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in San Francisco, over time, for $1 beginning in 1992. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1992$1.003.33%
1993$1.032.70%
1994$1.041.58%
1995$1.061.96%
1996$1.092.31%
1997$1.133.43%
1998$1.163.10%
1999$1.214.13%
2000$1.264.42%
2001$1.335.49%
2002$1.351.69%
2003$1.381.81%
2004$1.391.16%
2005$1.421.97%
2006$1.473.16%
2007$1.513.24%
2008$1.563.27%
2009$1.570.62%
2010$1.601.41%
2011$1.642.55%
2012$1.682.71%
2013$1.722.23%
2014$1.772.84%
2015$1.812.56%
2016$1.873.06%
2017$1.933.27%
2018$2.003.84%
2019$2.073.32%
2020$2.101.75%
2021$2.173.19%
2022$2.284.84%*

* 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 Francisco, California:

Year1914191519161917191819191920192119221923192419251926192719281929193019311932193319341935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI9.2009.2009.26710.13311.80814.58316.91715.56714.66714.63314.70814.99215.12514.99214.85814.89214.68313.60012.47511.85812.20812.43312.35012.77512.83312.68312.65813.35014.95815.95016.35816.81718.15020.48321.95822.04221.92523.64224.57525.02525.07524.90025.35826.43327.40827.94228.51728.89229.33329.75030.20830.77531.52532.41733.85035.63337.54238.96740.32542.56746.53351.40054.41758.38364.13369.40080.10090.19297.58398.233103.783108.200111.567115.392120.500126.350132.050137.908142.500146.342148.650151.567155.067160.383165.350172.175179.783189.658192.867196.358198.633202.542208.950215.714222.768224.158227.327233.113239.434244.766251.713258.144266.042274.738285.297294.779299.949309.519324.487

Adjust San Francisco 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 San Francisco, California was 142.500 in the year 1992 and 324.487 in 2022:

324.487 / 142.500 * $1 = $2.28

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $1 in 1992 has the same "purchasing power" as $2.28 in 2022 (in the CPI category of San Francisco, California).


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

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