Value of 1997 Costa Rican Colones today

₡100 in 1997

₡497.35 in 2019

The inflation rate in Costa Rica between 1997 and today has been 397.35%, which translates into a total increase of ₡397.35. This means that 100 colones in 1997 are equivalent to 497.35 colones in 2019. In other words, the purchasing power of ₡100 in 1997 equals ₡497.35 today. The average annual inflation rate has been 7.22%.

Inflation timeline in Costa Rica (1997-2019)

The following chart depicts the equivalence of ₡100 throughout the years due to inflation and CPI changes. All values are equivalent in terms of purchasing power, which means that for each year the same goods or services could be bought with the indicated amount of money.

All calculations are performed in the local currency (CRC) and using 6 decimal digits. Results show only up to 2 decimal digits to favour readability. Inflation data is provided by governments and international institutions on a monthly basis. Today's values were obtained by estimating figures from recent trends.

The following table contains relevant indicators:

Indicator Value
Total Inflation (1997-2019) 396.9%
Total Inflation* 397.35%
Annual inflation avg. (1997-2019) 7.56%
Annual inflation avg.* 7.22%
CPI 1997 21.13
CPI 2019 105.01
CPI today* 105.11
₡1 in 1997 ₡4.97 in 2019

* Values extrapolated from the last official data to obtain today's values.

How to calculate today's value of money after inflation?

There are several ways to calculate the time value of money. Depending on the data available, results can be obtained by using the compound interest formula or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula.

Using the compound interest formula

Given that money changes in time as a result of an inflation rate that acts as a compound interest, the following formula can be used: FV = PV (1 + i)n, where:

  • FV: Future Value
  • PV: Present Value
  • i: Interest rate (inflation)
  • n: Number of times the interest is compounded (i.e. # of years)

In this case, the future value represents the final amount obtained after applying the inflation rate to our initial value. In other words, it indicates how much are ₡100 worth today. There are 22 years between 1997 and 2019 and the average inflation rate has been 7.2234%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

FV = PV (1 + i)n = ₡100 * (1 + 0.07)22 = ₡496.9

Using the CPI formula

When the CPI for both start and end years is known, the following formula can be used:

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial

In this case, the CPI in 1997 was 21.13 and the CPI today is 105.11. Therefore,

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial
= ₡100 *
105.01/21.13
= ₡496.9

Costa Rica inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
₡1 colon in 1997 ₡4.97 colones today
₡5 colones in 1997 ₡24.87 colones today
₡10 colones in 1997 ₡49.73 colones today
₡50 colones in 1997 ₡248.67 colones today
₡100 colones in 1997 ₡497.35 colones today
₡500 colones in 1997 ₡2,486.73 colones today
₡1,000 colones in 1997 ₡4,973.46 colones today
₡5,000 colones in 1997 ₡24,867.32 colones today
₡10,000 colones in 1997 ₡49,734.64 colones today
₡50,000 colones in 1997 ₡248,673.22 colones today
₡100,000 colones in 1997 ₡497,346.45 colones today
₡500,000 colones in 1997 ₡2,486,732.24 colones today
₡1,000,000 colones in 1997 ₡4,973,464.48 colones today

Value of Colon in time (by year)

Period Value
1997 100
1998 111.2
1999 124.94
2000 137.58
2001 151.68
2002 168.29
2003 184.59
2004 202.8
2005 229.43
2006 261.72
2007 286.41
2008 317.36
2009 361.48
2010 376.11
2011 398.01
2012 416.86
2013 435.83
2014 451.87
2015 475.03
2016 471.2
2017 474.8
2018 487.03
2019 496.9
Today 497.35