Personal care priced at $20 in 1999 $28.96 in 2019

Historical Price Inflation for Personal care

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Prices for Personal Care, 1999-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for personal care were 44.79% higher in 2019 versus 1999 (a $8.96 difference in value).

Between 1999 and 2019: Personal care experienced an average inflation rate of 1.87% per year. In other words, personal care costing $20 in the year 1999 would cost $28.96 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.15% during this same period, inflation for personal care was lower.

Price Inflation for Personal care since 1999

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2001 (2.96%), 2008 (2.89%), and 2000 (2.85%).

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

Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 161.050 165.633 170.533 174.658 178.058 181.683 185.642 190.233 195.618 201.274 204.585 206.643 208.555 212.133 214.979 217.989 220.821 224.273 227.023 231.062 233.184

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Buying power of $20 since 1999

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Personal care, over time, for $20 beginning in 1999. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1999 $20.00 -
2000 $20.57 2.85%
2001 $21.18 2.96%
2002 $21.69 2.42%
2003 $22.11 1.95%
2004 $22.56 2.04%
2005 $23.05 2.18%
2006 $23.62 2.47%
2007 $24.29 2.83%
2008 $25.00 2.89%
2009 $25.41 1.64%
2010 $25.66 1.01%
2011 $25.90 0.93%
2012 $26.34 1.72%
2013 $26.70 1.34%
2014 $27.07 1.40%
2015 $27.42 1.30%
2016 $27.85 1.56%
2017 $28.19 1.23%
2018 $28.69 1.78%
2019 $28.96 0.92%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for personal care, 1999-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1999 * 1999 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Personal care was 161.050 in the year 1999 and 233.184 in 2019:

233.184 / 161.050 * $20 = $28.96

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1999 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.96 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Personal care).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Personal care in 1999. In addition to personal care, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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