St. Louis, Missouri prices: $20 in 1989 $37.77 in 2019

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Prices in St. Louis, 1989-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in St Louis, Missouri were 88.86% higher in 2019 versus 1989 (a $17.77 difference in value).

Between 1989 and 2019: St. Louis experienced an average inflation rate of 2.14% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $20 in St. Louis in the year 1989 would cost $37.77 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.44% during this same period, inflation in St. Louis was lower.

In the year 1989: Pricing changed by 5.27%, which is significantly above the average yearly change in St. Louis during the 1989-2019 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1989 (4.83%), inflation in St. Louis was higher.

Price Inflation in St Louis, Missouri since 1984

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1989 (5.27%), 1990 (5.17%), and 2004 (4.01%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for St Louis, Missouri:

Year 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
CPI 103.300 107.100 108.650 112.150 115.750 121.850 128.150 132.100 134.700 137.450 141.300 145.250 149.600 152.900 154.500 157.600 163.050 167.300 169.050 173.400 180.350 186.200 189.550 193.232 198.700 198.472 203.187 209.776 214.768 217.965 220.217 219.321 221.074 224.747 228.852 230.121

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Buying power of $20 since 1989

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in St. Louis, over time, for $20 beginning in 1989. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1989 $20.00 5.27%
1990 $21.03 5.17%
1991 $21.68 3.08%
1992 $22.11 1.97%
1993 $22.56 2.04%
1994 $23.19 2.80%
1995 $23.84 2.80%
1996 $24.55 2.99%
1997 $25.10 2.21%
1998 $25.36 1.05%
1999 $25.87 2.01%
2000 $26.76 3.46%
2001 $27.46 2.61%
2002 $27.75 1.05%
2003 $28.46 2.57%
2004 $29.60 4.01%
2005 $30.56 3.24%
2006 $31.11 1.80%
2007 $31.72 1.94%
2008 $32.61 2.83%
2009 $32.58 -0.11%
2010 $33.35 2.38%
2011 $34.43 3.24%
2012 $35.25 2.38%
2013 $35.78 1.49%
2014 $36.15 1.03%
2015 $36.00 -0.41%
2016 $36.29 0.80%
2017 $36.89 1.66%
2018 $37.56 1.83%
2019 $37.77 0.55%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for St. Louis, 1989-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1989 * 1989 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for St Louis, Missouri was 121.850 in the year 1989 and 230.121 in 2019:

230.121 / 121.850 * $20 = $37.77

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1989 has the same "purchasing power" as $37.77 in 2019 (in the CPI category of St Louis, Missouri).


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

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