Apparel priced at $510 in 1914 $4,288.10 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Apparel

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Prices for Apparel, 1914-2018 ($510)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for apparel were 740.80% higher in 2018 versus 1914 (a $3,778.10 difference in value).

Between 1914 and 2018: Apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 2.07% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, apparel costing $510 in the year 1914 would cost $4,288.10 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.15% during this same period, inflation for apparel was lower.

In the year 1914: Pricing changed by 0.67%, which is below the average yearly change for apparel during the 1914-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1914 (1.32%), inflation for apparel was lower.

Price Inflation for Apparel since 1913

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1918 (39.39%), 1919 (27.69%), and 1921 (-26.11%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Apparel:

Year 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 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
CPI 14.900 15.000 15.450 17.350 21.200 29.550 37.733 42.800 31.625 26.860 27.100 26.760 26.300 25.833 25.267 24.967 24.667 24.067 21.600 19.200 19.067 20.667 20.800 21.033 22.140 21.860 21.620 21.814 22.815 26.700 27.854 29.808 31.346 34.392 39.862 42.508 40.831 40.285 43.923 43.454 43.169 43.023 42.885 43.746 44.500 44.669 45.023 45.700 46.062 46.315 46.885 47.285 47.738 49.015 51.015 53.738 56.831 59.177 61.092 62.354 64.638 69.431 72.523 75.238 78.608 81.369 84.931 90.938 95.277 97.777 100.192 102.038 105.023 105.915 110.577 115.377 118.585 124.085 128.708 131.877 133.662 133.400 131.962 131.700 132.854 133.023 131.292 129.577 127.269 124.023 120.877 120.431 119.538 119.454 118.998 118.907 120.078 119.503 122.111 126.265 127.411 127.514 125.903 126.045 125.612 126.121

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Buying power of $510 since 1914

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Apparel, over time, for $510 beginning in 1914. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1914 $510.00 0.67%
1915 $525.30 3.00%
1916 $589.90 12.30%
1917 $720.80 22.19%
1918 $1,004.70 39.39%
1919 $1,282.93 27.69%
1920 $1,455.20 13.43%
1921 $1,075.25 -26.11%
1922 $913.24 -15.07%
1923 $921.40 0.89%
1924 $909.84 -1.25%
1925 $894.20 -1.72%
1926 $878.33 -1.77%
1927 $859.07 -2.19%
1928 $848.87 -1.19%
1929 $838.67 -1.20%
1930 $818.27 -2.43%
1931 $734.40 -10.25%
1932 $652.80 -11.11%
1933 $648.27 -0.69%
1934 $702.67 8.39%
1935 $707.20 0.65%
1936 $715.13 1.12%
1937 $752.76 5.26%
1938 $743.24 -1.26%
1939 $735.08 -1.10%
1940 $741.69 0.90%
1941 $775.72 4.59%
1942 $907.80 17.03%
1943 $947.03 4.32%
1944 $1,013.46 7.01%
1945 $1,065.77 5.16%
1946 $1,169.34 9.72%
1947 $1,355.29 15.90%
1948 $1,445.26 6.64%
1949 $1,388.25 -3.94%
1950 $1,369.68 -1.34%
1951 $1,493.38 9.03%
1952 $1,477.43 -1.07%
1953 $1,467.75 -0.65%
1954 $1,462.78 -0.34%
1955 $1,458.08 -0.32%
1956 $1,487.37 2.01%
1957 $1,513.00 1.72%
1958 $1,518.75 0.38%
1959 $1,530.78 0.79%
1960 $1,553.80 1.50%
1961 $1,566.09 0.79%
1962 $1,574.72 0.55%
1963 $1,594.08 1.23%
1964 $1,607.68 0.85%
1965 $1,623.11 0.96%
1966 $1,666.52 2.67%
1967 $1,734.52 4.08%
1968 $1,827.11 5.34%
1969 $1,932.25 5.75%
1970 $2,012.02 4.13%
1971 $2,077.14 3.24%
1972 $2,120.03 2.06%
1973 $2,197.71 3.66%
1974 $2,360.65 7.41%
1975 $2,465.78 4.45%
1976 $2,558.11 3.74%
1977 $2,672.66 4.48%
1978 $2,766.55 3.51%
1979 $2,887.65 4.38%
1980 $3,091.91 7.07%
1981 $3,239.42 4.77%
1982 $3,324.42 2.62%
1983 $3,406.54 2.47%
1984 $3,469.31 1.84%
1985 $3,570.78 2.92%
1986 $3,601.12 0.85%
1987 $3,759.62 4.40%
1988 $3,922.82 4.34%
1989 $4,031.88 2.78%
1990 $4,218.88 4.64%
1991 $4,376.06 3.73%
1992 $4,483.82 2.46%
1993 $4,544.49 1.35%
1994 $4,535.60 -0.20%
1995 $4,486.69 -1.08%
1996 $4,477.80 -0.20%
1997 $4,517.03 0.88%
1998 $4,522.78 0.13%
1999 $4,463.94 -1.30%
2000 $4,405.62 -1.31%
2001 $4,327.15 -1.78%
2002 $4,216.78 -2.55%
2003 $4,109.82 -2.54%
2004 $4,094.65 -0.37%
2005 $4,064.31 -0.74%
2006 $4,061.43 -0.07%
2007 $4,045.94 -0.38%
2008 $4,042.84 -0.08%
2009 $4,082.66 0.98%
2010 $4,063.10 -0.48%
2011 $4,151.76 2.18%
2012 $4,293.00 3.40%
2013 $4,331.98 0.91%
2014 $4,335.48 0.08%
2015 $4,280.69 -1.26%
2016 $4,285.54 0.11%
2017 $4,270.81 -0.34%
2018 $4,288.10 0.40%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for apparel, 1914-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1914 * 1914 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Apparel was 15.000 in the year 1914 and 126.121 in 2018:

126.121 / 15.000 * $510 = $4,288.10

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $510 in 1914 has the same "purchasing power" as $4,288.10 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Apparel).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Apparel in 1913. In addition to apparel, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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