Boys' apparel priced at $20 in 1984 $21.77 in 2022

Boys' Apparel Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Boys' Apparel, 1984-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for boys' apparel are 8.87% higher in 2022 versus 1984 (a $1.77 difference in value).

Between 1984 and 2022: Boys' apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.22% per year. In other words, boys' apparel costing $20 in the year 1984 would cost $21.77 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.72% during this same period, inflation for boys' apparel was lower.

In the year 1984: Pricing changed by 1.74%, which is above the average yearly change for boys' apparel during the 1984-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1984 (4.30%), inflation for boys' apparel was 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%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1984

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Boys' apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 1984. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1984$20.001.74%
1985$20.492.44%
1986$20.560.35%
1987$20.31-1.21%
1988$20.912.95%
1989$21.110.93%
1990$21.310.95%
1991$22.003.28%
1992$22.632.86%
1993$22.991.57%
1994$22.55-1.90%
1995$22.871.42%
1996$22.69-0.78%
1997$22.991.32%
1998$23.301.35%
1999$22.95-1.51%
2000$22.71-1.06%
2001$22.07-2.83%
2002$20.90-5.28%
2003$20.06-4.05%
2004$20.05-0.04%
2005$18.95-5.47%
2006$18.31-3.38%
2007$17.92-2.12%
2008$18.271.94%
2009$18.601.83%
2010$17.89-3.85%
2011$18.754.81%
2012$19.845.80%
2013$20.061.12%
2014$20.311.25%
2015$20.14-0.83%
2016$20.300.77%
2017$19.71-2.88%
2018$20.865.82%
2019$21.513.11%
2020$19.78-8.04%
2021$20.684.56%
2022$21.775.29%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI81.80080.89284.60889.77794.30897.100100.569102.323104.823105.192103.923106.985107.977109.000112.577115.800117.615115.385117.023116.108117.638119.231117.431116.185112.900106.938102.608102.56996.95493.67791.68793.46895.18291.51895.922101.481102.619103.905103.046103.835100.843106.711110.034101.189105.808111.400

Adjust boys' apparel prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1984 * 1984 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Boys' apparel was 102.323 in the year 1984 and 111.400 in 2022:

111.400 / 102.323 * $20 = $21.77

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1984 has the same "purchasing power" as $21.77 in 2022 (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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