Personal care priced at $20 in 1971 $107.17 in 2021

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Prices for Personal Care, 1971-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for personal care were 435.83% higher in 2021 versus 1971 (a $87.17 difference in value).

Between 1971 and 2021: Personal care experienced an average inflation rate of 3.41% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, personal care costing $20 in the year 1971 would cost $107.17 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.81% during this same period, inflation for personal care was lower.

In the year 1971: Pricing changed by 3.24%, which is below the average yearly change for personal care during the 1971-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1971 (4.30%), inflation for personal care was lower.

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%).

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

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 14.200 14.400 15.200 15.500 15.500 15.400 15.800 17.400 19.200 20.500 21.200 22.700 25.346 26.300 26.254 26.238 28.700 29.038 29.285 29.446 29.938 31.177 32.315 33.377 34.062 34.623 34.777 35.415 35.892 36.315 36.562 37.315 38.415 40.000 41.962 43.485 44.892 46.046 48.092 52.738 57.900 61.669 65.646 69.923 75.238 81.877 89.138 95.423 100.285 104.277 108.315 111.908 115.108 119.423 124.985 130.415 134.877 138.300 141.469 144.585 147.123 150.108 152.700 156.700 161.062 165.623 170.523 174.669 178.038 181.677 185.638 190.231 195.622 201.279 204.587 206.643 208.556 212.135 214.978 217.989 220.821 224.273 227.023 231.062 234.027 238.329 240.545

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Buying power of $20 since 1971

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Personal care, over time, for $20 beginning in 1971. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1971 $20.00 3.24%
1972 $20.51 2.57%
1973 $21.43 4.44%
1974 $23.50 9.66%
1975 $25.80 9.79%
1976 $27.47 6.51%
1977 $29.25 6.45%
1978 $31.15 6.52%
1979 $33.52 7.60%
1980 $36.48 8.82%
1981 $39.71 8.87%
1982 $42.51 7.05%
1983 $44.68 5.09%
1984 $46.46 3.98%
1985 $48.26 3.87%
1986 $49.86 3.32%
1987 $51.28 2.86%
1988 $53.20 3.75%
1989 $55.68 4.66%
1990 $58.10 4.35%
1991 $60.09 3.42%
1992 $61.61 2.54%
1993 $63.03 2.29%
1994 $64.41 2.20%
1995 $65.54 1.76%
1996 $66.87 2.03%
1997 $68.03 1.73%
1998 $69.81 2.62%
1999 $71.75 2.78%
2000 $73.79 2.83%
2001 $75.97 2.96%
2002 $77.82 2.43%
2003 $79.32 1.93%
2004 $80.94 2.04%
2005 $82.70 2.18%
2006 $84.75 2.47%
2007 $87.15 2.83%
2008 $89.67 2.89%
2009 $91.15 1.64%
2010 $92.06 1.01%
2011 $92.91 0.93%
2012 $94.51 1.72%
2013 $95.78 1.34%
2014 $97.12 1.40%
2015 $98.38 1.30%
2016 $99.92 1.56%
2017 $101.14 1.23%
2018 $102.94 1.78%
2019 $104.26 1.28%
2020 $106.18 1.84%
2021 $107.17 0.93%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for personal care, 1971-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1971 * 1971 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Personal care was 44.892 in the year 1971 and 240.545 in 2021:

240.545 / 44.892 * $20 = $107.17

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1971 has the same "purchasing power" as $107.17 in 2021 (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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