Boys' apparel priced at $20 in 1983 $22.92 in 2024

Boys' Apparel Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Boys' Apparel, 1983-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for boys' apparel are 14.62% higher in 2024 versus 1983 (a $2.92 difference in value).

Between 1983 and 2024: Boys' apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.33% per year. In other words, boys' apparel costing $20 in the year 1983 would cost $22.92 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.82% during this same period, inflation for boys' apparel was lower.

In the year 1983: Pricing changed by 3.57%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for boys' apparel during the 1983-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1983 (3.21%), inflation for boys' apparel was higher.

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%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1983

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Boys' apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 1983. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1983$20.003.57%
1984$20.351.74%
1985$20.852.44%
1986$20.920.35%
1987$20.67-1.21%
1988$21.282.95%
1989$21.470.93%
1990$21.680.95%
1991$22.393.28%
1992$23.032.86%
1993$23.391.57%
1994$22.95-1.90%
1995$23.271.42%
1996$23.09-0.78%
1997$23.391.32%
1998$23.711.35%
1999$23.35-1.51%
2000$23.11-1.06%
2001$22.45-2.83%
2002$21.27-5.28%
2003$20.41-4.05%
2004$20.40-0.04%
2005$19.28-5.47%
2006$18.63-3.38%
2007$18.23-2.12%
2008$18.591.94%
2009$18.931.83%
2010$18.20-3.85%
2011$19.084.81%
2012$20.185.80%
2013$20.411.12%
2014$20.661.25%
2015$20.49-0.83%
2016$20.650.77%
2017$20.05-2.88%
2018$21.225.82%
2019$21.883.11%
2020$20.12-8.04%
2021$21.044.56%
2022$21.944.26%
2023$22.572.90%
2024$22.921.55%*

* 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 Boys' apparel:

Year197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI81.80080.89284.60889.77794.30897.100100.569102.323104.823105.192103.923106.985107.977109.000112.577115.800117.615115.385117.023116.108117.638119.231117.431116.185112.900106.938102.608102.56996.95493.67791.68793.46895.18291.51895.922101.481102.619103.905103.046103.835100.843106.711110.034101.189105.808110.313113.506115.270

Adjust boys' apparel prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1983 * 1983 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Boys' apparel was 100.569 in the year 1983 and 115.270 in 2024:

115.270 / 100.569 * $20 = $22.92

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1983 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.92 in 2024 (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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