Apparel priced at $20 in 2016 $20.16 in 2022

Apparel Inflation Calculator


Prices for Apparel, 2016-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for apparel are 0.82% higher in 2022 versus 2016 (a $0.16 difference in value).

Between 2016 and 2022: Apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.14% per year. In other words, apparel costing $20 in the year 2016 would cost $20.16 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.36% during this same period, inflation for apparel was significantly lower.

In the year 2016: Pricing changed by 0.11%, which is below the average yearly change for apparel during the 2016-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2016 (1.26%), 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 2016

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 2016. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate

* 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:


Adjust apparel prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2016 * 2016 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Apparel was 126.045 in the year 2016 and 127.081 in 2022:

127.081 / 126.045 * $20 = $20.16

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2016 has the same "purchasing power" as $20.16 in 2022 (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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