Apparel priced at $20 in 1966 $53.41 in 2023

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Prices for Apparel, 1966-2023 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for apparel are 167.04% higher in 2023 versus 1966 (a $33.41 difference in value).

Between 1966 and 2023: Apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 1.74% per year. In other words, apparel costing $20 in the year 1966 would cost $53.41 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 4.00% during this same period, inflation for apparel was lower.

In the year 1966: Pricing changed by 2.67%, which is above the average yearly change for apparel during the 1966-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1966 (3%), 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%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1966

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 1966. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1966$20.002.67%
1967$20.824.08%
1968$21.935.34%
1969$23.195.75%
1970$24.154.13%
1971$24.933.24%
1972$25.442.06%
1973$26.373.66%
1974$28.337.41%
1975$29.594.45%
1976$30.703.74%
1977$32.074.48%
1978$33.203.51%
1979$34.654.38%
1980$37.117.07%
1981$38.884.77%
1982$39.902.62%
1983$40.882.47%
1984$41.641.84%
1985$42.852.92%
1986$43.220.85%
1987$45.124.40%
1988$47.084.34%
1989$48.392.78%
1990$50.634.64%
1991$52.523.73%
1992$53.812.46%
1993$54.541.35%
1994$54.43-0.20%
1995$53.84-1.08%
1996$53.74-0.20%
1997$54.210.88%
1998$54.280.13%
1999$53.57-1.30%
2000$52.87-1.31%
2001$51.93-1.78%
2002$50.61-2.55%
2003$49.32-2.54%
2004$49.14-0.37%
2005$48.78-0.74%
2006$48.74-0.07%
2007$48.56-0.38%
2008$48.52-0.08%
2009$49.000.98%
2010$48.76-0.48%
2011$49.832.18%
2012$51.523.40%
2013$51.990.91%
2014$52.030.08%
2015$51.37-1.26%
2016$51.430.11%
2017$51.25-0.34%
2018$51.270.03%
2019$50.62-1.28%
2020$48.18-4.81%
2021$49.372.47%
2022$51.855.03%
2023$53.413.00%*

* 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
CPI14.90015.00015.45017.35021.20029.55037.73342.80031.62526.86027.10026.76026.30025.83325.26724.96724.66724.06721.60019.20019.06720.66720.80021.03322.14021.86021.62021.81422.81526.70027.85429.80831.34634.39239.86242.50840.83140.28543.92343.45443.16943.02342.88543.74644.50044.66945.02345.70046.06246.31546.88547.28547.73849.01551.01553.73856.83159.17761.09262.35464.63869.43172.52375.23878.60881.36984.93190.93895.27797.777100.192102.038105.023105.915110.577115.377118.585124.085128.708131.877133.662133.400131.962131.700132.854133.023131.292129.577127.269124.023120.877120.431119.538119.454118.998118.907120.078119.503122.111126.265127.411127.514125.903126.045125.612125.654124.052118.079120.993127.081130.889

Adjust apparel prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 1966 * 1966 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Apparel was 49.015 in the year 1966 and 130.889 in 2023:

130.889 / 49.015 * $20 = $53.41

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1966 has the same "purchasing power" as $53.41 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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