Personal care products priced at $20 in 1935 $145.34 in 2021

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Prices for Personal Care Products, 1935-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for personal care products were 626.70% higher in 2021 versus 1935 (a $125.34 difference in value).

Between 1935 and 2021: Personal care products experienced an average inflation rate of 2.33% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, personal care products costing $20 in the year 1935 would cost $145.34 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.51% during this same period, inflation for personal care products was lower.

Price Inflation for Personal care products since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (21.14%), 1975 (12.46%), and 1974 (11.13%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Personal care products:

Year 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 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 22.000 22.300 23.000 23.100 22.900 22.800 23.300 25.200 25.500 26.200 26.400 27.600 33.433 34.160 32.900 32.340 35.740 34.960 34.840 34.600 34.640 35.460 36.660 37.960 38.260 38.180 38.100 38.500 38.600 38.633 38.333 38.040 38.638 39.792 41.600 42.631 44.000 45.169 46.377 51.538 57.962 61.277 64.731 68.231 72.938 79.638 87.792 95.131 100.700 104.192 107.615 111.254 113.931 118.100 123.192 128.154 132.754 136.538 139.031 141.469 143.092 144.315 144.177 148.292 151.785 153.669 155.115 154.738 153.531 153.885 154.377 155.785 158.285 159.290 162.578 161.062 160.529 162.172 161.794 163.445 163.262 163.050 161.664 161.452 160.703 160.063 159.874

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Buying power of $20 since 1935

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Personal care products, over time, for $20 beginning in 1935. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1935 $20.00 -
1936 $20.27 1.36%
1937 $20.91 3.14%
1938 $21.00 0.43%
1939 $20.82 -0.87%
1940 $20.73 -0.44%
1941 $21.18 2.19%
1942 $22.91 8.15%
1943 $23.18 1.19%
1944 $23.82 2.75%
1945 $24.00 0.76%
1946 $25.09 4.55%
1947 $30.39 21.14%
1948 $31.05 2.17%
1949 $29.91 -3.69%
1950 $29.40 -1.70%
1951 $32.49 10.51%
1952 $31.78 -2.18%
1953 $31.67 -0.34%
1954 $31.45 -0.69%
1955 $31.49 0.12%
1956 $32.24 2.37%
1957 $33.33 3.38%
1958 $34.51 3.55%
1959 $34.78 0.79%
1960 $34.71 -0.21%
1961 $34.64 -0.21%
1962 $35.00 1.05%
1963 $35.09 0.26%
1964 $35.12 0.09%
1965 $34.85 -0.78%
1966 $34.58 -0.77%
1967 $35.13 1.57%
1968 $36.17 2.99%
1969 $37.82 4.54%
1970 $38.76 2.48%
1971 $40.00 3.21%
1972 $41.06 2.66%
1973 $42.16 2.67%
1974 $46.85 11.13%
1975 $52.69 12.46%
1976 $55.71 5.72%
1977 $58.85 5.64%
1978 $62.03 5.41%
1979 $66.31 6.90%
1980 $72.40 9.19%
1981 $79.81 10.24%
1982 $86.48 8.36%
1983 $91.55 5.85%
1984 $94.72 3.47%
1985 $97.83 3.29%
1986 $101.14 3.38%
1987 $103.57 2.41%
1988 $107.36 3.66%
1989 $111.99 4.31%
1990 $116.50 4.03%
1991 $120.69 3.59%
1992 $124.13 2.85%
1993 $126.39 1.83%
1994 $128.61 1.75%
1995 $130.08 1.15%
1996 $131.20 0.85%
1997 $131.07 -0.10%
1998 $134.81 2.85%
1999 $137.99 2.36%
2000 $139.70 1.24%
2001 $141.01 0.94%
2002 $140.67 -0.24%
2003 $139.57 -0.78%
2004 $139.90 0.23%
2005 $140.34 0.32%
2006 $141.62 0.91%
2007 $143.90 1.60%
2008 $144.81 0.64%
2009 $147.80 2.06%
2010 $146.42 -0.93%
2011 $145.94 -0.33%
2012 $147.43 1.02%
2013 $147.09 -0.23%
2014 $148.59 1.02%
2015 $148.42 -0.11%
2016 $148.23 -0.13%
2017 $146.97 -0.85%
2018 $146.77 -0.13%
2019 $146.09 -0.46%
2020 $145.51 -0.40%
2021 $145.34 -0.12%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for personal care products, 1935-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1935 * 1935 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Personal care products was 22.000 in the year 1935 and 159.874 in 2021:

159.874 / 22.000 * $20 = $145.34

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" as $145.34 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Personal care products).


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

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