Men's apparel priced at $20 in 2000 $18.18 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Men's apparel

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

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for men's apparel were 9.12% lower in 2018 versus 2000 (a $1.82 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Men's apparel experienced an average inflation rate of -0.53% per year. In other words, men's apparel costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $18.18 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for men's apparel was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -1.02%, which is below the average yearly change for men's apparel during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for men's apparel was much lower.

Price Inflation for Men's apparel since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (5.41%), 1980 (4.39%), and 1988 (4.11%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Men's 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 84.167 85.542 89.300 94.133 97.775 100.158 102.033 105.100 106.417 110.392 114.925 119.117 123.083 126.967 129.083 129.850 129.025 128.450 130.525 133.117 134.942 134.475 133.100 128.875 125.667 122.067 121.375 121.392 119.850 118.182 118.370 118.586 117.469 119.751 124.344 126.709 125.001 123.983 122.650 121.463 120.958

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Men's 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 -1.02%
2001 $19.37 -3.17%
2002 $18.88 -2.49%
2003 $18.34 -2.86%
2004 $18.24 -0.57%
2005 $18.24 0.01%
2006 $18.01 -1.27%
2007 $17.76 -1.39%
2008 $17.79 0.16%
2009 $17.82 0.18%
2010 $17.65 -0.94%
2011 $17.99 1.94%
2012 $18.68 3.83%
2013 $19.04 1.90%
2014 $18.78 -1.35%
2015 $18.63 -0.81%
2016 $18.43 -1.07%
2017 $18.25 -0.97%
2018 $18.18 -0.42%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for men's 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 Men's apparel was 133.100 in the year 2000 and 120.958 in 2018:

120.958 / 133.100 * $20 = $18.18

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $18.18 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Men's apparel).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Men's apparel in 1978. In addition to men's 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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