Personal care priced at $20 in 1944 $248.63 in 2022

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Prices for Personal Care, 1944-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for personal care are 1,143.13% higher in 2022 versus 1944 (a $228.63 difference in value).

Between 1944 and 2022: Personal care experienced an average inflation rate of 3.28% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, personal care costing $20 in the year 1944 would cost $248.63 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.66% during this same period, inflation for personal care was lower.

In the year 1944: Pricing changed by 6.77%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for personal care during the 1944-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1944 (1.64%), inflation for personal care was much higher.

Price Inflation for Personal care since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (11.66%), 1943 (10.34%), and 1942 (10.13%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1944

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Personal care, over time, for $20 beginning in 1944. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1944$20.006.77%
1945$20.683.41%
1946$22.157.08%
1947$24.7311.66%
1948$25.663.76%
1949$25.61-0.18%
1950$25.60-0.06%
1951$28.009.38%
1952$28.331.18%
1953$28.570.85%
1954$28.730.55%
1955$29.211.67%
1956$30.424.14%
1957$31.533.65%
1958$32.563.28%
1959$33.232.05%
1960$33.781.65%
1961$33.930.44%
1962$34.551.84%
1963$35.021.35%
1964$35.431.18%
1965$35.670.68%
1966$36.412.06%
1967$37.482.95%
1968$39.024.12%
1969$40.944.90%
1970$42.423.63%
1971$43.803.24%
1972$44.922.57%
1973$46.924.44%
1974$51.459.66%
1975$56.499.79%
1976$60.176.51%
1977$64.056.45%
1978$68.226.52%
1979$73.407.60%
1980$79.888.82%
1981$86.968.87%
1982$93.107.05%
1983$97.845.09%
1984$101.733.98%
1985$105.673.87%
1986$109.183.32%
1987$112.302.86%
1988$116.513.75%
1989$121.944.66%
1990$127.234.35%
1991$131.593.42%
1992$134.932.54%
1993$138.022.29%
1994$141.062.20%
1995$143.531.76%
1996$146.452.03%
1997$148.981.73%
1998$152.882.62%
1999$157.132.78%
2000$161.582.83%
2001$166.362.96%
2002$170.412.43%
2003$173.701.93%
2004$177.252.04%
2005$181.112.18%
2006$185.592.47%
2007$190.852.83%
2008$196.372.89%
2009$199.601.64%
2010$201.601.01%
2011$203.470.93%
2012$206.961.72%
2013$209.741.34%
2014$212.671.40%
2015$215.431.30%
2016$218.801.56%
2017$221.491.23%
2018$225.431.78%
2019$228.321.28%
2020$232.521.84%
2021$237.532.15%
2022$248.634.67%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year1935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI14.20014.40015.20015.50015.50015.40015.80017.40019.20020.50021.20022.70025.34626.30026.25426.23828.70029.03829.28529.44629.93831.17732.31533.37734.06234.62334.77735.41535.89236.31536.56237.31538.41540.00041.96243.48544.89246.04648.09252.73857.90061.66965.64669.92375.23881.87789.13895.423100.285104.277108.315111.908115.108119.423124.985130.415134.877138.300141.469144.585147.123150.108152.700156.700161.062165.623170.523174.669178.038181.677185.638190.231195.622201.279204.587206.643208.556212.135214.978217.989220.821224.273227.023231.062234.027238.329243.464254.841

Adjust personal care prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1944 * 1944 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Personal care was 20.500 in the year 1944 and 254.841 in 2022:

254.841 / 20.500 * $20 = $248.63

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1944 has the same "purchasing power" as $248.63 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Personal care).


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

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