Girls' apparel priced at $20 in 1977 $21.80 in 2021

Girls' Apparel Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Girls' Apparel, 1977-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for girls' apparel were 9% higher in 2021 versus 1977 (a $1.80 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2021: Girls' apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 0.20% per year. In other words, girls' apparel costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $21.80 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.38% during this same period, inflation for girls' apparel was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Girls' apparel since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2021 (6.44%), 1991 (5.84%), and 1987 (5.61%).

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

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 92.800 91.392 92.577 95.885 99.362 99.385 100.315 100.308 103.192 101.915 107.631 112.577 115.492 120.708 127.762 132.285 131.885 130.769 128.538 127.208 126.285 124.000 121.215 119.731 116.362 114.631 112.585 111.369 105.315 101.638 101.104 98.491 99.010 95.376 98.487 103.160 99.560 99.023 96.029 95.550 95.836 95.017 94.283 95.039 101.155

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Buying power of $20 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Girls' apparel, 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 $19.70 -1.52%
1979 $19.95 1.30%
1980 $20.66 3.57%
1981 $21.41 3.63%
1982 $21.42 0.02%
1983 $21.62 0.94%
1984 $21.62 -0.01%
1985 $22.24 2.88%
1986 $21.96 -1.24%
1987 $23.20 5.61%
1988 $24.26 4.60%
1989 $24.89 2.59%
1990 $26.01 4.52%
1991 $27.53 5.84%
1992 $28.51 3.54%
1993 $28.42 -0.30%
1994 $28.18 -0.85%
1995 $27.70 -1.71%
1996 $27.42 -1.04%
1997 $27.22 -0.73%
1998 $26.72 -1.81%
1999 $26.12 -2.25%
2000 $25.80 -1.22%
2001 $25.08 -2.81%
2002 $24.70 -1.49%
2003 $24.26 -1.78%
2004 $24.00 -1.08%
2005 $22.70 -5.44%
2006 $21.90 -3.49%
2007 $21.79 -0.53%
2008 $21.23 -2.58%
2009 $21.34 0.53%
2010 $20.56 -3.67%
2011 $21.23 3.26%
2012 $22.23 4.74%
2013 $21.46 -3.49%
2014 $21.34 -0.54%
2015 $20.70 -3.02%
2016 $20.59 -0.50%
2017 $20.65 0.30%
2018 $20.48 -0.85%
2019 $20.32 -0.77%
2020 $20.48 0.80%
2021 $21.80 6.44%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for girls' apparel, 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 Girls' apparel was 92.800 in the year 1977 and 101.155 in 2021:

101.155 / 92.800 * $20 = $21.80

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $21.80 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Girls' apparel).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Girls' apparel in 1977. In addition to girls' 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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