Boys' apparel priced at $20 in 1978 $25.83 in 2021

Boys' Apparel Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Boys' Apparel, 1978-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for boys' apparel were 29.13% higher in 2021 versus 1978 (a $5.83 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2021: Boys' apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.60% per year. In other words, boys' apparel costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $25.83 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.28% during this same period, inflation for boys' apparel was lower.

In the year 1978: Pricing changed by -1.11%, which is below the average yearly change for boys' apparel during the 1978-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1978 (7.63%), inflation for boys' apparel was much lower.

Price Inflation for Boys' apparel since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2020 (-8.04%), 1980 (6.11%), and 2018 (5.82%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Boys' apparel:

Year 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 2021
CPI 81.800 80.892 84.608 89.777 94.308 97.100 100.569 102.323 104.823 105.192 103.923 106.985 107.977 109.000 112.577 115.800 117.615 115.385 117.023 116.108 117.638 119.231 117.431 116.185 112.900 106.938 102.608 102.569 96.954 93.677 91.687 93.468 95.182 91.518 95.922 101.481 102.619 103.905 103.046 103.835 100.843 106.711 110.034 101.189 104.455

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Buying power of $20 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Boys' apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1978 $20.00 -1.11%
1979 $20.92 4.59%
1980 $22.20 6.11%
1981 $23.32 5.05%
1982 $24.01 2.96%
1983 $24.86 3.57%
1984 $25.30 1.74%
1985 $25.92 2.44%
1986 $26.01 0.35%
1987 $25.69 -1.21%
1988 $26.45 2.95%
1989 $26.70 0.93%
1990 $26.95 0.95%
1991 $27.83 3.28%
1992 $28.63 2.86%
1993 $29.08 1.57%
1994 $28.53 -1.90%
1995 $28.93 1.42%
1996 $28.71 -0.78%
1997 $29.09 1.32%
1998 $29.48 1.35%
1999 $29.03 -1.51%
2000 $28.73 -1.06%
2001 $27.91 -2.83%
2002 $26.44 -5.28%
2003 $25.37 -4.05%
2004 $25.36 -0.04%
2005 $23.97 -5.47%
2006 $23.16 -3.38%
2007 $22.67 -2.12%
2008 $23.11 1.94%
2009 $23.53 1.83%
2010 $22.63 -3.85%
2011 $23.72 4.81%
2012 $25.09 5.80%
2013 $25.37 1.12%
2014 $25.69 1.25%
2015 $25.48 -0.83%
2016 $25.67 0.77%
2017 $24.93 -2.88%
2018 $26.38 5.82%
2019 $27.21 3.11%
2020 $25.02 -8.04%
2021 $25.83 3.23%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for boys' apparel, 1978-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Boys' apparel was 80.892 in the year 1978 and 104.455 in 2021:

104.455 / 80.892 * $20 = $25.83

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $25.83 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Boys' apparel).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Boys' apparel in 1977. In addition to boys' 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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