Boys' apparel priced at $20 in 2000 $18.27 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Boys' apparel

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Prices for Boys' Apparel, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for boys' apparel were 8.66% lower in 2018 versus 2000 (a $1.73 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Boys' apparel experienced an average inflation rate of -0.50% per year. In other words, boys' apparel costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $18.27 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for boys' apparel was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -1.01%, which is below the average yearly change for boys' apparel during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for boys' apparel was much lower.

Price Inflation for Boys' apparel since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (6.15%), 2012 (5.82%), and 2005 (-5.48%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Boys' apparel:

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
CPI 80.883 84.583 89.783 94.283 97.092 100.533 102.275 104.758 105.133 103.900 106.967 108.000 109.033 112.625 115.842 117.608 115.392 117.000 116.067 117.600 119.258 117.492 116.308 113.025 106.992 102.608 102.525 96.908 93.625 91.639 93.456 95.182 91.488 95.900 101.478 102.591 103.880 103.014 103.811 100.847 106.235

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Boys' apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $20.00 -1.01%
2001 $19.44 -2.82%
2002 $18.40 -5.34%
2003 $17.64 -4.10%
2004 $17.63 -0.08%
2005 $16.66 -5.48%
2006 $16.10 -3.39%
2007 $15.76 -2.12%
2008 $16.07 1.98%
2009 $16.37 1.85%
2010 $15.73 -3.88%
2011 $16.49 4.82%
2012 $17.45 5.82%
2013 $17.64 1.10%
2014 $17.86 1.26%
2015 $17.71 -0.83%
2016 $17.85 0.77%
2017 $17.34 -2.86%
2018 $18.27 5.34%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for boys' apparel, 2000-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Boys' apparel was 116.308 in the year 2000 and 106.235 in 2018:

106.235 / 116.308 * $20 = $18.27

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $18.27 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Boys' apparel).


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

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