Sporting goods priced at $20 in 1978 $29.73 in 2020

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Prices for Sporting Goods, 1978-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for sporting goods were 48.66% higher in 2020 versus 1978 (a $9.73 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2020: Sporting goods experienced an average inflation rate of 0.95% per year. In other words, sporting goods costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $29.73 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.33% during this same period, inflation for sporting goods was lower.

Price Inflation for Sporting goods since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (9.22%), 1981 (6.54%), and 1979 (6.47%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Sporting goods:

Year 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
CPI 76.133 81.058 88.533 94.325 98.225 99.375 102.392 104.550 103.958 104.317 108.100 111.083 114.900 118.517 120.183 120.133 122.208 123.542 123.425 122.558 121.858 120.325 118.967 118.492 116.442 115.275 115.008 115.450 117.125 116.426 118.409 119.856 118.785 118.463 118.740 118.081 116.473 114.582 113.101 110.973 111.007 112.296 113.182

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Buying power of $20 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Sporting goods, over time, for $20 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1978 $20.00 -
1979 $21.29 6.47%
1980 $23.26 9.22%
1981 $24.78 6.54%
1982 $25.80 4.13%
1983 $26.11 1.17%
1984 $26.90 3.04%
1985 $27.46 2.11%
1986 $27.31 -0.57%
1987 $27.40 0.34%
1988 $28.40 3.63%
1989 $29.18 2.76%
1990 $30.18 3.44%
1991 $31.13 3.15%
1992 $31.57 1.41%
1993 $31.56 -0.04%
1994 $32.10 1.73%
1995 $32.45 1.09%
1996 $32.42 -0.09%
1997 $32.20 -0.70%
1998 $32.01 -0.57%
1999 $31.61 -1.26%
2000 $31.25 -1.13%
2001 $31.13 -0.40%
2002 $30.59 -1.73%
2003 $30.28 -1.00%
2004 $30.21 -0.23%
2005 $30.33 0.38%
2006 $30.77 1.45%
2007 $30.58 -0.60%
2008 $31.11 1.70%
2009 $31.49 1.22%
2010 $31.20 -0.89%
2011 $31.12 -0.27%
2012 $31.19 0.23%
2013 $31.02 -0.56%
2014 $30.60 -1.36%
2015 $30.10 -1.62%
2016 $29.71 -1.29%
2017 $29.15 -1.88%
2018 $29.16 0.03%
2019 $29.50 1.16%
2020 $29.73 0.79%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for sporting goods, 1978-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Sporting goods was 76.133 in the year 1978 and 113.182 in 2020:

113.182 / 76.133 * $20 = $29.73

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $29.73 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Sporting goods).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Sporting goods in 1978. In addition to sporting goods, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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