Apparel priced at $20 in 2017 $20.17 in 2022

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Prices for Apparel, 2017-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for apparel are 0.85% higher in 2022 versus 2017 (a $0.17 difference in value).

Between 2017 and 2022: Apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.17% per year. In other words, apparel costing $20 in the year 2017 would cost $20.17 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.38% during this same period, inflation for apparel was significantly lower.

In the year 2017: Pricing changed by -0.34%, which is below the average yearly change for apparel during the 2017-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2017 (2.13%), 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 2017

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 2017. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2017$20.00-0.34%
2018$20.010.03%
2019$19.75-1.28%
2020$18.80-4.81%
2021$19.262.47%
2022$20.174.70%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year19131914191519161917191819191920192119221923192419251926192719281929193019311932193319341935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI14.90015.00015.45017.35021.20029.55037.73342.80031.62526.86027.10026.76026.30025.83325.26724.96724.66724.06721.60019.20019.06720.66720.80021.03322.14021.86021.62021.81422.81526.70027.85429.80831.34634.39239.86242.50840.83140.28543.92343.45443.16943.02342.88543.74644.50044.66945.02345.70046.06246.31546.88547.28547.73849.01551.01553.73856.83159.17761.09262.35464.63869.43172.52375.23878.60881.36984.93190.93895.27797.777100.192102.038105.023105.915110.577115.377118.585124.085128.708131.877133.662133.400131.962131.700132.854133.023131.292129.577127.269124.023120.877120.431119.538119.454118.998118.907120.078119.503122.111126.265127.411127.514125.903126.045125.612125.654124.052118.079120.993126.681

Adjust apparel prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2017 * 2017 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Apparel was 125.612 in the year 2017 and 126.681 in 2022:

126.681 / 125.612 * $20 = $20.17

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2017 has the same "purchasing power" as $20.17 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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