Admissions priced at $20 in 1977 $117.75 in 2022

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Prices for Admissions, 1977-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for admissions are 488.76% higher in 2022 versus 1977 (a $97.75 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2022: Admissions experienced an average inflation rate of 4.02% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, admissions costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $117.75 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.55% during this same period, inflation for admissions was higher.

Price Inflation for Admissions since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1979 (8.10%), 1989 (7.89%), and 1983 (7.04%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Admissions, over time, for $20 beginning in 1977. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1977$20.00-
1978$21.065.31%
1979$22.778.10%
1980$24.125.91%
1981$25.304.91%
1982$26.876.19%
1983$28.767.04%
1984$30.706.75%
1985$32.465.72%
1986$33.924.49%
1987$35.795.51%
1988$37.725.39%
1989$40.697.89%
1990$43.506.90%
1991$45.845.37%
1992$47.343.28%
1993$48.151.72%
1994$50.414.68%
1995$52.454.05%
1996$55.295.42%
1997$57.253.54%
1998$59.153.32%
1999$62.315.35%
2000$66.326.44%
2001$69.765.18%
2002$72.333.68%
2003$75.744.71%
2004$78.523.67%
2005$81.233.45%
2006$84.003.41%
2007$87.424.07%
2008$89.882.81%
2009$91.441.74%
2010$92.891.59%
2011$93.520.68%
2012$95.582.19%
2013$96.751.23%
2014$98.401.70%
2015$101.913.56%
2016$105.273.31%
2017$107.852.45%
2018$109.811.81%
2019$112.012.00%
2020$114.121.89%
2021$113.83-0.25%
2022$117.753.44%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI69.50073.19279.12383.80087.91593.36299.938106.685112.792117.862124.362131.062141.408151.169159.285164.508167.338175.162182.254192.131198.931205.538216.531230.477242.423251.354263.185272.854282.277291.900303.788312.328317.769322.810324.997332.126336.220341.936354.121365.831374.784381.581389.227396.579395.572409.191

Adjust admissions prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Admissions was 69.500 in the year 1977 and 409.191 in 2022:

409.191 / 69.500 * $20 = $117.75

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $117.75 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Admissions).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Admissions in 1977. In addition to admissions, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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