Value of 2008 Costa Rican Colones today

₡100 in 2008

₡156.79 in 2019

The inflation rate in Costa Rica between 2008 and today has been 56.79%, which translates into a total increase of ₡56.79. This means that 100 colones in 2008 are equivalent to 156.79 colones in 2019. In other words, the purchasing power of ₡100 in 2008 equals ₡156.79 today. The average annual inflation rate has been 3.82%.

Inflation timeline in Costa Rica (2008-2019)

The following chart ilustrates the equivalence of ₡100 throughout the years due to inflation and CPI changes. All values are equivalent in terms of purchashing 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 (2008-2019) 56.57%
Total Inflation* 56.79%
Annual inflation avg. (2008-2019) 4.16%
Annual inflation avg.* 3.82%
CPI 2008 67.07
CPI 2019 105.01
CPI today* 105.15
₡1 in 2008 ₡1.57 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 11 years between 2008 and 2019 and the average inflation rate has been 3.8187%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

FV = PV (1 + i)n = ₡100 * (1 + 0.04)11 = ₡156.57

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 2008 was 67.07 and the CPI today is 105.15. Therefore,

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial
= ₡100 *
105.01/67.07
= ₡156.57

Costa Rica inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
₡1 colon in 2008 ₡1.57 colones today
₡5 colones in 2008 ₡7.84 colones today
₡10 colones in 2008 ₡15.68 colones today
₡50 colones in 2008 ₡78.39 colones today
₡100 colones in 2008 ₡156.79 colones today
₡500 colones in 2008 ₡783.93 colones today
₡1,000 colones in 2008 ₡1,567.86 colones today
₡5,000 colones in 2008 ₡7,839.29 colones today
₡10,000 colones in 2008 ₡15,678.58 colones today
₡50,000 colones in 2008 ₡78,392.88 colones today
₡100,000 colones in 2008 ₡156,785.77 colones today
₡500,000 colones in 2008 ₡783,928.83 colones today
₡1,000,000 colones in 2008 ₡1,567,857.65 colones today

Value of Colon in time (by year)

Period Value
2008 100
2009 113.9
2010 118.51
2011 125.41
2012 131.35
2013 137.33
2014 142.38
2015 149.68
2016 148.48
2017 149.61
2018 153.46
2019 156.57
Today 156.79