Sports equipment priced at $20 in 1978 $20.20 in 2021

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Prices for Sports Equipment, 1978-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for sports equipment were 1.02% higher in 2021 versus 1978 (a $0.20 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2021: Sports equipment experienced an average inflation rate of 0.02% per year. In other words, sports equipment costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $20.20 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.31% during this same period, inflation for sports equipment was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Sports equipment since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (6.81%), 1981 (6.07%), and 2021 (5.42%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Sports equipment:

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 2021
CPI 80.738 84.585 90.346 95.831 98.908 100.377 100.723 99.562 98.992 100.838 104.854 107.423 111.777 116.508 117.669 116.908 119.238 119.131 118.562 118.023 116.269 111.108 107.038 104.738 102.015 101.154 99.954 98.854 97.592 96.179 98.434 100.541 97.557 92.937 91.855 89.576 87.460 84.882 83.773 81.563 79.417 77.786 77.370 81.562

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Buying power of $20 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Sports equipment, 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 $20.95 4.76%
1980 $22.38 6.81%
1981 $23.74 6.07%
1982 $24.50 3.21%
1983 $24.86 1.49%
1984 $24.95 0.34%
1985 $24.66 -1.15%
1986 $24.52 -0.57%
1987 $24.98 1.86%
1988 $25.97 3.98%
1989 $26.61 2.45%
1990 $27.69 4.05%
1991 $28.86 4.23%
1992 $29.15 1.00%
1993 $28.96 -0.65%
1994 $29.54 1.99%
1995 $29.51 -0.09%
1996 $29.37 -0.48%
1997 $29.24 -0.45%
1998 $28.80 -1.49%
1999 $27.52 -4.44%
2000 $26.51 -3.66%
2001 $25.95 -2.15%
2002 $25.27 -2.60%
2003 $25.06 -0.84%
2004 $24.76 -1.19%
2005 $24.49 -1.10%
2006 $24.17 -1.28%
2007 $23.82 -1.45%
2008 $24.38 2.34%
2009 $24.91 2.14%
2010 $24.17 -2.97%
2011 $23.02 -4.74%
2012 $22.75 -1.16%
2013 $22.19 -2.48%
2014 $21.67 -2.36%
2015 $21.03 -2.95%
2016 $20.75 -1.31%
2017 $20.20 -2.64%
2018 $19.67 -2.63%
2019 $19.27 -2.05%
2020 $19.17 -0.53%
2021 $20.20 5.42%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for sports equipment, 1978-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Sports equipment was 80.738 in the year 1978 and 81.562 in 2021:

81.562 / 80.738 * $20 = $20.20

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $20.20 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Sports equipment).


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

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