Men's furnishings priced at $20 in 1977 $45.77 in 2021

Men's Furnishings Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Men's Furnishings, 1977-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for men's furnishings were 128.84% higher in 2021 versus 1977 (a $25.77 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2021: Men's furnishings experienced an average inflation rate of 1.90% per year. In other words, men's furnishings costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $45.77 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.39% during this same period, inflation for men's furnishings was lower.

Price Inflation for Men's furnishings since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (9.55%), 1980 (9.38%), and 1982 (6.67%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Men's furnishings:

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 69.600 70.838 75.338 82.408 90.277 96.300 100.577 103.123 106.808 108.192 108.823 111.562 114.854 117.454 118.900 120.877 120.162 119.062 118.931 122.162 127.885 135.238 136.777 135.985 135.308 134.615 135.238 136.808 136.077 134.554 132.755 134.564 138.979 140.842 144.264 151.644 158.695 157.822 154.964 154.709 153.327 154.972 155.484 160.630 159.271

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Buying power of $20 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Men's furnishings, over time, for $20 beginning in 1977. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1977 $20.00 -
1978 $20.36 1.78%
1979 $21.65 6.35%
1980 $23.68 9.38%
1981 $25.94 9.55%
1982 $27.67 6.67%
1983 $28.90 4.44%
1984 $29.63 2.53%
1985 $30.69 3.57%
1986 $31.09 1.30%
1987 $31.27 0.58%
1988 $32.06 2.52%
1989 $33.00 2.95%
1990 $33.75 2.26%
1991 $34.17 1.23%
1992 $34.73 1.66%
1993 $34.53 -0.59%
1994 $34.21 -0.92%
1995 $34.18 -0.11%
1996 $35.10 2.72%
1997 $36.75 4.68%
1998 $38.86 5.75%
1999 $39.30 1.14%
2000 $39.08 -0.58%
2001 $38.88 -0.50%
2002 $38.68 -0.51%
2003 $38.86 0.46%
2004 $39.31 1.16%
2005 $39.10 -0.53%
2006 $38.66 -1.12%
2007 $38.15 -1.34%
2008 $38.67 1.36%
2009 $39.94 3.28%
2010 $40.47 1.34%
2011 $41.46 2.43%
2012 $43.58 5.12%
2013 $45.60 4.65%
2014 $45.35 -0.55%
2015 $44.53 -1.81%
2016 $44.46 -0.16%
2017 $44.06 -0.89%
2018 $44.53 1.07%
2019 $44.68 0.33%
2020 $46.16 3.31%
2021 $45.77 -0.85%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for men's furnishings, 1977-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Men's furnishings was 69.600 in the year 1977 and 159.271 in 2021:

159.271 / 69.600 * $20 = $45.77

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $45.77 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Men's furnishings).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Men's furnishings in 1977. In addition to men's furnishings, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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