Apparel less footwear priced at $20 in 1996 $17.16 in 2020

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Prices for Apparel Less Footwear, 1996-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for apparel less footwear were 14.19% lower in 2020 versus 1996 (a $2.84 difference in value).

Between 1996 and 2020: Apparel less footwear experienced an average inflation rate of -0.64% per year. In other words, apparel less footwear costing $20 in the year 1996 would cost $17.16 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.11% during this same period, inflation for apparel less footwear was lower.

In the year 1996: Pricing changed by -0.61%, which is above the average yearly change for apparel less footwear during the 1996-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1996 (2.93%), inflation for apparel less footwear was much lower.

Price Inflation for Apparel less footwear since 1947

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1951 (8.03%), 1974 (7.24%), and 1948 (5.96%).

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

Year 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 2019 2020
CPI 47.654 50.492 48.154 47.200 50.992 50.585 50.085 49.669 49.269 49.769 50.200 50.115 50.185 50.692 51.008 51.092 51.585 52.000 52.400 53.354 55.446 58.600 62.069 64.477 66.454 67.785 70.146 75.223 77.954 80.346 83.492 85.515 87.862 93.038 96.446 98.131 100.254 101.585 104.338 104.692 109.600 114.400 117.115 122.808 127.431 130.215 131.908 131.177 129.269 128.477 129.423 129.338 127.785 126.192 123.608 120.115 116.762 116.315 114.423 114.131 113.848 113.358 114.172 113.272 116.234 120.403 121.068 121.059 118.807 118.866 118.496 118.693 116.601 110.241

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Buying power of $20 since 1996

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Apparel less footwear, over time, for $20 beginning in 1996. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1996 $20.00 -0.61%
1997 $20.15 0.74%
1998 $20.13 -0.07%
1999 $19.89 -1.20%
2000 $19.64 -1.25%
2001 $19.24 -2.05%
2002 $18.70 -2.83%
2003 $18.18 -2.79%
2004 $18.11 -0.38%
2005 $17.81 -1.63%
2006 $17.77 -0.26%
2007 $17.72 -0.25%
2008 $17.65 -0.43%
2009 $17.77 0.72%
2010 $17.63 -0.79%
2011 $18.09 2.61%
2012 $18.74 3.59%
2013 $18.85 0.55%
2014 $18.85 -0.01%
2015 $18.49 -1.86%
2016 $18.50 0.05%
2017 $18.45 -0.31%
2018 $18.48 0.17%
2019 $18.15 -1.76%
2020 $17.16 -5.45%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for apparel less footwear, 1996-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1996 * 1996 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Apparel less footwear was 128.477 in the year 1996 and 110.241 in 2020:

110.241 / 128.477 * $20 = $17.16

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1996 has the same "purchasing power" as $17.16 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Apparel less footwear).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Apparel less footwear in 1947. In addition to apparel less footwear, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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