Apparel priced at $20 in 1936 $123.57 in 2023

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Prices for Apparel, 1936-2023 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for apparel are 517.86% higher in 2023 versus 1936 (a $103.57 difference in value).

Between 1936 and 2023: Apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 2.12% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, apparel costing $20 in the year 1936 would cost $123.57 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.60% during this same period, inflation for apparel was lower.

In the year 1936: Pricing changed by 1.12%, which is below the average yearly change for apparel during the 1936-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1936 (1.07%), inflation for apparel was higher.

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%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1936

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 1936. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1936$20.001.12%
1937$21.055.26%
1938$20.79-1.26%
1939$20.56-1.10%
1940$20.740.90%
1941$21.694.59%
1942$25.3917.03%
1943$26.494.32%
1944$28.347.01%
1945$29.815.16%
1946$32.709.72%
1947$37.9015.90%
1948$40.426.64%
1949$38.82-3.94%
1950$38.31-1.34%
1951$41.779.03%
1952$41.32-1.07%
1953$41.05-0.65%
1954$40.91-0.34%
1955$40.78-0.32%
1956$41.602.01%
1957$42.311.72%
1958$42.470.38%
1959$42.810.79%
1960$43.451.50%
1961$43.800.79%
1962$44.040.55%
1963$44.581.23%
1964$44.960.85%
1965$45.390.96%
1966$46.612.67%
1967$48.514.08%
1968$51.105.34%
1969$54.045.75%
1970$56.274.13%
1971$58.093.24%
1972$59.292.06%
1973$61.463.66%
1974$66.027.41%
1975$68.964.45%
1976$71.543.74%
1977$74.754.48%
1978$77.373.51%
1979$80.764.38%
1980$86.477.07%
1981$90.604.77%
1982$92.972.62%
1983$95.272.47%
1984$97.031.84%
1985$99.862.92%
1986$100.710.85%
1987$105.144.40%
1988$109.714.34%
1989$112.762.78%
1990$117.994.64%
1991$122.383.73%
1992$125.402.46%
1993$127.091.35%
1994$126.85-0.20%
1995$125.48-1.08%
1996$125.23-0.20%
1997$126.330.88%
1998$126.490.13%
1999$124.84-1.30%
2000$123.21-1.31%
2001$121.02-1.78%
2002$117.93-2.55%
2003$114.94-2.54%
2004$114.51-0.37%
2005$113.67-0.74%
2006$113.59-0.07%
2007$113.15-0.38%
2008$113.07-0.08%
2009$114.180.98%
2010$113.63-0.48%
2011$116.112.18%
2012$120.063.40%
2013$121.150.91%
2014$121.250.08%
2015$119.72-1.26%
2016$119.850.11%
2017$119.44-0.34%
2018$119.480.03%
2019$117.96-1.28%
2020$112.28-4.81%
2021$115.052.47%
2022$120.845.03%
2023$123.572.26%*

* 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 Apparel:

Year191319141915191619171918191919201921192219231924192519261927192819291930193119321933193419351936193719381939194019411942194319441945194619471948194919501951195219531954195519561957195819591960196119621963196419651966196719681969197019711972197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
CPI14.90015.00015.45017.35021.20029.55037.73342.80031.62526.86027.10026.76026.30025.83325.26724.96724.66724.06721.60019.20019.06720.66720.80021.03322.14021.86021.62021.81422.81526.70027.85429.80831.34634.39239.86242.50840.83140.28543.92343.45443.16943.02342.88543.74644.50044.66945.02345.70046.06246.31546.88547.28547.73849.01551.01553.73856.83159.17761.09262.35464.63869.43172.52375.23878.60881.36984.93190.93895.27797.777100.192102.038105.023105.915110.577115.377118.585124.085128.708131.877133.662133.400131.962131.700132.854133.023131.292129.577127.269124.023120.877120.431119.538119.454118.998118.907120.078119.503122.111126.265127.411127.514125.903126.045125.612125.654124.052118.079120.993127.081129.957

Adjust apparel prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 1936 * 1936 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Apparel was 21.033 in the year 1936 and 129.957 in 2023:

129.957 / 21.033 * $20 = $123.57

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1936 has the same "purchasing power" as $123.57 in 2023 (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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