Durables priced at $20 in 1979 $33.97 in 2022

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Prices for Durables, 1979-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for durables are 69.86% higher in 2022 versus 1979 (a $13.97 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2022: Durables experienced an average inflation rate of 1.24% per year. In other words, durables costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $33.97 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.26% during this same period, inflation for durables was lower.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 9.90%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for durables during the 1979-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for durables was lower.

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 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Durables, over time, for $20 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1979$20.009.90%
1980$22.0210.09%
1981$23.787.98%
1982$25.236.12%
1983$26.484.96%
1984$27.895.31%
1985$28.331.58%
1986$28.28-0.17%
1987$28.711.52%
1988$29.292.01%
1989$29.761.62%
1990$30.101.12%
1991$30.782.28%
1992$31.472.22%
1993$32.182.27%
1994$33.112.91%
1995$33.962.56%
1996$34.331.07%
1997$34.16-0.49%
1998$33.85-0.90%
1999$33.43-1.25%
2000$33.27-0.47%
2001$33.07-0.61%
2002$32.22-2.57%
2003$31.18-3.23%
2004$30.46-2.32%
2005$30.580.42%
2006$30.38-0.68%
2007$29.85-1.74%
2008$29.42-1.42%
2009$29.15-0.92%
2010$29.541.33%
2011$29.871.11%
2012$29.930.21%
2013$29.69-0.80%
2014$29.28-1.38%
2015$28.96-1.12%
2016$28.47-1.68%
2017$27.94-1.86%
2018$27.71-0.82%
2019$27.800.35%
2020$28.050.90%
2021$31.0310.59%
2022$33.979.49%*
* 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 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Durables was 75.369 in the year 1979 and 128.022 in 2022:

128.022 / 75.369 * $20 = $33.97

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $33.97 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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