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$1,000 in 2002 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,438.64 in 2020, an increase of $438.64 over 18 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 2.04% per year between 2002 and 2020, producing a cumulative price increase of 43.86%.

This means that prices in 2020 are 1.44 times higher than average prices since 2002, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 2002 inflation rate was 1.58%. The inflation rate in 2020 was 1.23%. The 2020 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 6.87% per year between 2020 and 2021.

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Cumulative price change | 43.86% |

Average inflation rate | 2.04% |

Converted amount ($1,000 base) | $1,438.64 |

Price difference ($1,000 base) | $438.64 |

CPI in 2002 | 179.900 |

CPI in 2020 | 258.812 |

Inflation in 2002 | 1.58% |

Inflation in 2020 | 1.23% |

$1,000 in 2002 | $1,438.64 in 2020 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1,000 in 2002 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $1,000, you would need to end with $1,438.64 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $1,000 is equivalent to $1,438.64 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.S. dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 2002 dollars, the chart below shows how $1,000 is worth less over 18 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

This conversion table shows various other 2002 amounts in 2020 dollars, based on the 43.86% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
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$1 dollar in 2002 | $1.44 dollars in 2020 |

$5 dollars in 2002 | $7.19 dollars in 2020 |

$10 dollars in 2002 | $14.39 dollars in 2020 |

$50 dollars in 2002 | $71.93 dollars in 2020 |

$100 dollars in 2002 | $143.86 dollars in 2020 |

$500 dollars in 2002 | $719.32 dollars in 2020 |

$1,000 dollars in 2002 | $1,438.64 dollars in 2020 |

$5,000 dollars in 2002 | $7,193.21 dollars in 2020 |

$10,000 dollars in 2002 | $14,386.42 dollars in 2020 |

$50,000 dollars in 2002 | $71,932.09 dollars in 2020 |

$100,000 dollars in 2002 | $143,864.18 dollars in 2020 |

$500,000 dollars in 2002 | $719,320.92 dollars in 2020 |

$1,000,000 dollars in 2002 | $1,438,641.84 dollars in 2020 |

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 2002 to 2020 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $1,000):

**San Diego, California**: 3.47% average rate, $1,000 → $1,848.92, cumulative change of 84.89%**San Francisco, California**: 2.48% average rate, $1,000 → $1,555.21, cumulative change of 55.52%**Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida**: 2.47% average rate, $1,000 → $1,551.90, cumulative change of 55.19%**Tampa, Florida**: 2.35% average rate, $1,000 → $1,519.45, cumulative change of 51.95%**Seattle, Washington**: 2.25% average rate, $1,000 → $1,492.87, cumulative change of 49.29%**New York**: 2.18% average rate, $1,000 → $1,474.31, cumulative change of 47.43%**Denver, Colorado**: 2.17% average rate, $1,000 → $1,472.98, cumulative change of 47.30%**Boston, Massachusetts**: 2.08% average rate, $1,000 → $1,447.46, cumulative change of 44.75%**Houston, Texas**: 2.04% average rate, $1,000 → $1,438.83, cumulative change of 43.88%**Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota**: 1.92% average rate, $1,000 → $1,408.67, cumulative change of 40.87%**Philadelphia, Pennsylvania**: 1.89% average rate, $1,000 → $1,401.11, cumulative change of 40.11%**Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas**: 1.83% average rate, $1,000 → $1,385.31, cumulative change of 38.53%**Atlanta, Georgia**: 1.82% average rate, $1,000 → $1,383.39, cumulative change of 38.34%**St Louis, Missouri**: 1.80% average rate, $1,000 → $1,377.73, cumulative change of 37.77%**Chicago, Illinois**: 1.66% average rate, $1,000 → $1,346.06, cumulative change of 34.61%**Detroit, Michigan**: 1.60% average rate, $1,000 → $1,329.80, cumulative change of 32.98%

San Diego, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 18 years between 2002 and 2020 (3.47%).

Detroit, Michigan experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 18 years between 2002 and 2020 (1.60%).

Note that some locations showing 0% inflation may have not yet reported latest data.

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1,000.00 in 2002 would be equivalent to £1,657.15 in 2020, an absolute change of £657.15 and a cumulative change of 65.72%.

In Canada, CA$1,000.00 in 2002 would be equivalent to CA$1,349.16 in 2020, an absolute change of CA$349.16 and a cumulative change of 34.92%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $438.64 and total percent change of 43.86%.

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 2002 and 2020.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.04% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $1,000 in 2002 → 2020 |
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Food and beverages | 2.31 | 50.85 | 1,508.49 |

Housing | 2.31 | 50.77 | 1,507.70 |

Apparel | -0.27 | -4.79 | 952.07 |

Transportation | 1.54 | 31.71 | 1,317.10 |

Medical care | 3.37 | 81.68 | 1,816.79 |

Recreation | 0.78 | 15.08 | 1,150.77 |

Education and communication | 1.47 | 30.04 | 1,300.40 |

Other goods and services | 2.56 | 57.69 | 1,576.86 |

The graph below compares inflation in categories of goods over time. Click on a category such as "Food" to toggle it on or off:

For all these visualizations, it's important to note that not all categories may have been tracked since 2002. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 2002 and 2020:

CPI in 2020
CPI in 2002

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2002 USD value

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2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 179.9 in the year 2002 and 258.81166666667 in 2020:

258.81166666667179.9

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$1,000

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$1,000 in 2002 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,438.64 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 18 years between 2002 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 2002CPI in 2002

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100

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Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

258.81166666667 - 179.9179.9

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100

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The above data describe the CPI for all items. Also of note is the **Core CPI**, which measures inflation for all items except for the more volatile categories of food and energy.
Core inflation averaged 1.91% per year between 2002 and 2020 (vs all-CPI inflation of 2.04%), for an inflation total of 40.56%.

When using the core inflation measurement, $1,000 in 2002 is equivalent in buying power to $1,405.55 in 2020, a difference of $405.55. Recall that for All Items, the converted amount is $1,438.64 with a difference of $438.64.

In 2002, core inflation was 2.32%.

**Chained CPI** is an alternative measurement that takes into account how consumers adjust spending for similar items.
Chained inflation averaged 1.79% per year between 2002 and 2020, a total inflation amount of 40.56%.

According to the Chained CPI measurement, $1,000 in 2002 is equal in buying power to $1,377.26 in 2020, a difference of $377.26 (versus a converted amount of $1,438.64/change of $438.64 for All Items).

In 2002, chained inflation was 1.26%.

The average inflation rate of 2.04% has a compounding effect between 2002 and 2020. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate compounds to produce an overall price difference of 43.86% over 18 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $1,000 in the S&P 500 index in 2002, our investment would be * nominally* worth approximately $4,814.68 in 2020. This is a return on investment of 381.47%, with an absolute return of $3,814.68 on top of the original $1,000.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered *nominal*. In order to evaluate the *real* return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 30.49% of returns ($1,467.99) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted * real* return of our $1,000 investment is $2,346.68. You may also want to account for capital gains tax, which would take your real return down to around $1,995 for most people.

Original Amount | Final Amount | Change | |
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Nominal |
$1,000 | $4,814.68 | 381.47% |

RealInflation Adjusted |
$1,000 | $3,346.68 | 234.67% |

Information displayed above may differ slightly from other S&P 500 calculators. Minor discrepancies can occur because we use the latest CPI data for inflation, annualized inflation numbers for previous years, and we compute S&P price and dividends from January of 2002 to latest available data for 2020 using average monthly close price.

For more details on the S&P 500 between 2002 and 2020, see the stock market returns calculator.

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

- United States deploys conventional forces as part of Operation Anaconda during the US invasion of Afghanistan.
- Jimmy Carter visits Cuba, marking the first time an American president has visited the Island since 1959.
- It is announced that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members of the European Union from May 1, 2004.

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$1,000 in 2002 → 2020 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 2 Dec. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/2002-dollars-in-2020?amount=1000.

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in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

Cumulative price change | 43.86% |

Average inflation rate | 2.04% |

Converted amount ($1,000 base) | $1,438.64 |

Price difference ($1,000 base) | $438.64 |

CPI in 2002 | 179.900 |

CPI in 2020 | 258.812 |

Inflation in 2002 | 1.58% |

Inflation in 2020 | 1.23% |

$1,000 in 2002 | $1,438.64 in 2020 |