Watches priced at $20 in 2017 $22.20 in 2021

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Prices for Watches, 2017-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for watches were 10.98% higher in 2021 versus 2017 (a $2.20 difference in value).

Between 2017 and 2021: Watches experienced an average inflation rate of 2.64% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, watches costing $20 in the year 2017 would cost $22.20 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.26% during this same period, inflation for watches was higher.

In the year 2017: Pricing changed by 4.75%, which is above the average yearly change for watches during the 2017-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2017 (2.13%), inflation for watches was higher.

Price Inflation for Watches since 1986

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2016 (5.16%), 2021 (5.01%), and 1994 (4.82%).

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

Year 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 100.000 102.392 106.062 108.808 110.138 114.900 116.085 118.777 124.508 129.054 129.762 126.662 123.531 122.269 122.154 120.131 115.685 112.562 115.000 115.215 116.769 116.744 116.707 116.622 114.997 116.671 118.312 121.569 122.202 123.188 129.550 135.698 138.271 138.794 143.414 150.596

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Buying power of $20 since 2017

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Watches, over time, for $20 beginning in 2017. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2017 $20.00 4.75%
2018 $20.38 1.90%
2019 $20.46 0.38%
2020 $21.14 3.33%
2021 $22.20 5.01%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for watches, 2017-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 2017 * 2017 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Watches was 135.698 in the year 2017 and 150.596 in 2021:

150.596 / 135.698 * $20 = $22.20

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2017 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.20 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Watches).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Watches in 1986. In addition to watches, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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