Services less medical care services priced at $20 in 1979 $92.98 in 2020

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Prices for Services Less Medical Care Services, 1979-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for services less medical care services were 364.92% higher in 2020 versus 1979 (a $72.98 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2020: Services less medical care services experienced an average inflation rate of 3.82% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, services less medical care services costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $92.98 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.14% during this same period, inflation for services less medical care services was higher.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 11.18%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for services less medical care services during the 1979-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for services less medical care services was lower.

Price Inflation for Services less medical care services since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (15.85%), 1981 (13.37%), and 1979 (11.18%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Services less medical care services:

Year 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 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 2020
CPI 22.840 23.640 24.240 25.000 25.460 25.880 26.320 26.800 27.420 28.400 29.400 30.940 33.225 35.585 37.469 38.923 40.585 44.323 48.315 52.146 55.931 60.731 67.523 78.223 88.685 96.431 99.223 104.331 109.554 114.623 119.069 124.277 130.092 136.823 143.338 148.362 153.600 158.385 163.477 168.692 173.885 178.385 182.723 188.869 196.638 202.500 208.731 214.454 221.223 229.577 236.847 244.987 248.122 249.569 253.554 258.479 264.546 271.455 277.656 285.187 293.018 301.327 309.096 313.928

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Buying power of $20 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Services less medical care services, over time, for $20 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1979 $20.00 11.18%
1980 $23.17 15.85%
1981 $26.27 13.37%
1982 $28.56 8.73%
1983 $29.39 2.90%
1984 $30.90 5.15%
1985 $32.45 5.01%
1986 $33.95 4.63%
1987 $35.27 3.88%
1988 $36.81 4.37%
1989 $38.53 4.68%
1990 $40.53 5.17%
1991 $42.46 4.76%
1992 $43.94 3.50%
1993 $45.50 3.53%
1994 $46.91 3.11%
1995 $48.42 3.22%
1996 $49.97 3.19%
1997 $51.50 3.08%
1998 $52.84 2.59%
1999 $54.12 2.43%
2000 $55.94 3.36%
2001 $58.24 4.11%
2002 $59.98 2.98%
2003 $61.83 3.08%
2004 $63.52 2.74%
2005 $65.53 3.16%
2006 $68.00 3.78%
2007 $70.15 3.17%
2008 $72.56 3.44%
2009 $73.49 1.28%
2010 $73.92 0.58%
2011 $75.10 1.60%
2012 $76.56 1.94%
2013 $78.36 2.35%
2014 $80.40 2.61%
2015 $82.24 2.28%
2016 $84.47 2.71%
2017 $86.79 2.75%
2018 $89.25 2.84%
2019 $91.55 2.58%
2020 $92.98 1.56%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for services less medical care services, 1979-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Services less medical care services was 67.523 in the year 1979 and 313.928 in 2020:

313.928 / 67.523 * $20 = $92.98

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $92.98 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Services less medical care services).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Services less medical care services in 1957. In addition to services less medical care services, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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