Durables priced at $20 in 1938 $131.30 in 2022

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Prices for Durables, 1938-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for durables are 556.52% higher in 2022 versus 1938 (a $111.30 difference in value).

Between 1938 and 2022: Durables experienced an average inflation rate of 2.27% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, durables costing $20 in the year 1938 would cost $131.30 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.66% during this same period, inflation for durables was lower.

In the year 1938: Pricing changed by 0.93%, which is below the average yearly change for durables during the 1938-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1938 (-2.03%), inflation for durables was higher.

Price Inflation for Durables since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1942 (12.81%), 1975 (11.41%), and 2021 (10.59%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1938

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Durables, over time, for $20 beginning in 1938. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1938$20.000.93%
1939$19.61-1.95%
1940$19.47-0.73%
1941$20.987.80%
1942$23.6712.81%
1943$24.493.47%
1944$26.879.72%
1945$28.767.02%
1946$30.114.71%
1947$32.668.45%
1948$35.047.29%
1949$35.320.82%
1950$35.901.63%
1951$38.637.60%
1952$38.970.90%
1953$38.67-0.79%
1954$37.68-2.55%
1955$36.94-1.96%
1956$37.010.18%
1957$38.203.22%
1958$38.781.51%
1959$39.341.44%
1960$39.12-0.56%
1961$39.120.00%
1962$39.500.99%
1963$39.610.26%
1964$39.940.86%
1965$39.79-0.38%
1966$39.830.10%
1967$40.461.56%
1968$41.683.02%
1969$43.293.86%
1970$45.214.43%
1971$47.114.21%
1972$48.122.14%
1973$49.302.46%
1974$52.827.14%
1975$58.8511.41%
1976$62.446.10%
1977$66.035.75%
1978$70.346.52%
1979$77.309.90%
1980$85.1010.09%
1981$91.907.98%
1982$97.526.12%
1983$102.364.96%
1984$107.795.31%
1985$109.501.58%
1986$109.31-0.17%
1987$110.971.52%
1988$113.202.01%
1989$115.031.62%
1990$116.321.12%
1991$118.972.28%
1992$121.622.22%
1993$124.382.27%
1994$127.992.91%
1995$131.272.56%
1996$132.681.07%
1997$132.02-0.49%
1998$130.83-0.90%
1999$129.20-1.25%
2000$128.59-0.47%
2001$127.81-0.61%
2002$124.53-2.57%
2003$120.50-3.23%
2004$117.71-2.32%
2005$118.210.42%
2006$117.40-0.68%
2007$115.36-1.74%
2008$113.72-1.42%
2009$112.68-0.92%
2010$114.181.33%
2011$115.441.11%
2012$115.680.21%
2013$114.76-0.80%
2014$113.18-1.38%
2015$111.91-1.12%
2016$110.03-1.68%
2017$107.98-1.86%
2018$107.10-0.82%
2019$107.470.35%
2020$108.430.90%
2021$119.9210.59%
2022$131.309.49%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year1935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI17.80018.08319.32019.50019.12018.98020.46023.08023.88026.20028.04029.36031.84034.16034.44035.00037.66038.00037.70036.74036.02036.08537.24637.80838.35438.13838.13838.51538.61538.94638.80038.83839.44640.63842.20844.07745.93146.91548.06951.50057.37760.87764.37768.57775.36982.97789.60095.08599.800105.100106.762106.577108.192110.369112.154113.415116.000118.577121.269124.792127.992129.362128.723127.562125.969125.377124.615121.415117.492114.769115.254114.469112.473110.877109.859111.324112.557112.790111.889110.349109.116107.279105.283104.420104.781105.723116.923128.022

Adjust durables prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1938 * 1938 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Durables was 19.500 in the year 1938 and 128.022 in 2022:

128.022 / 19.500 * $20 = $131.30

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1938 has the same "purchasing power" as $131.30 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Durables).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Durables in 1935. In addition to durables, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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