Sporting goods priced at $20 in 1977 $31.84 in 2021

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Prices for Sporting Goods, 1977-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for sporting goods were 59.22% higher in 2021 versus 1977 (a $11.84 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2021: Sporting goods experienced an average inflation rate of 1.06% per year. In other words, sporting goods costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $31.84 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.40% during this same period, inflation for sporting goods was lower.

Price Inflation for Sporting goods since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (9.24%), 1981 (6.58%), and 1979 (6.47%).

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

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 74.200 76.123 81.046 88.531 94.354 98.231 99.377 102.392 104.554 103.962 104.315 108.100 111.085 114.900 118.515 120.185 120.131 122.208 123.538 123.423 122.562 121.862 120.323 118.969 118.492 116.438 115.277 115.008 115.454 117.123 116.426 118.409 119.856 118.785 118.463 118.737 118.081 116.462 114.573 113.093 110.967 111.005 112.293 113.656 118.144

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Buying power of $20 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Sporting goods, 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 $20.52 2.59%
1979 $21.85 6.47%
1980 $23.86 9.24%
1981 $25.43 6.58%
1982 $26.48 4.11%
1983 $26.79 1.17%
1984 $27.60 3.03%
1985 $28.18 2.11%
1986 $28.02 -0.57%
1987 $28.12 0.34%
1988 $29.14 3.63%
1989 $29.94 2.76%
1990 $30.97 3.43%
1991 $31.94 3.15%
1992 $32.39 1.41%
1993 $32.38 -0.04%
1994 $32.94 1.73%
1995 $33.30 1.09%
1996 $33.27 -0.09%
1997 $33.04 -0.70%
1998 $32.85 -0.57%
1999 $32.43 -1.26%
2000 $32.07 -1.13%
2001 $31.94 -0.40%
2002 $31.39 -1.73%
2003 $31.07 -1.00%
2004 $31.00 -0.23%
2005 $31.12 0.39%
2006 $31.57 1.45%
2007 $31.38 -0.60%
2008 $31.92 1.70%
2009 $32.31 1.22%
2010 $32.02 -0.89%
2011 $31.93 -0.27%
2012 $32.00 0.23%
2013 $31.83 -0.55%
2014 $31.39 -1.37%
2015 $30.88 -1.62%
2016 $30.48 -1.29%
2017 $29.91 -1.88%
2018 $29.92 0.03%
2019 $30.27 1.16%
2020 $30.64 1.21%
2021 $31.84 3.95%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for sporting goods, 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 Sporting goods was 74.200 in the year 1977 and 118.144 in 2021:

118.144 / 74.200 * $20 = $31.84

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $31.84 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Sporting goods).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Sporting goods in 1977. 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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