Men's pants and shorts priced at $20 in 2000 $18.16 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Men's pants and shorts

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Prices for Men's Pants And Shorts, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for men's pants and shorts were 9.20% lower in 2018 versus 2000 (a $1.84 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Men's pants and shorts experienced an average inflation rate of -0.53% per year. In other words, men's pants and shorts costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $18.16 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for men's pants and shorts was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -1.84%, which is below the average yearly change for men's pants and shorts during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for men's pants and shorts was much lower.

Price Inflation for Men's pants and shorts since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (6%), 2003 (-5.91%), and 2012 (4.94%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Men's pants and shorts:

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 88.592 88.608 89.425 94.792 98.400 100.267 101.375 104.808 104.367 107.742 112.542 117.225 119.950 124.250 127.725 127.250 127.767 127.600 130.475 131.567 132.150 132.625 130.183 124.367 119.933 112.842 110.050 111.717 109.475 108.997 111.135 111.820 108.874 113.746 119.370 120.251 119.671 123.224 119.665 119.417 118.202

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Men's pants and shorts, 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 -1.84%
2001 $19.11 -4.47%
2002 $18.43 -3.56%
2003 $17.34 -5.91%
2004 $16.91 -2.47%
2005 $17.16 1.51%
2006 $16.82 -2.01%
2007 $16.75 -0.44%
2008 $17.07 1.96%
2009 $17.18 0.62%
2010 $16.73 -2.63%
2011 $17.47 4.47%
2012 $18.34 4.94%
2013 $18.47 0.74%
2014 $18.38 -0.48%
2015 $18.93 2.97%
2016 $18.38 -2.89%
2017 $18.35 -0.21%
2018 $18.16 -1.02%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for men's pants and shorts, 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 pants and shorts was 130.183 in the year 2000 and 118.202 in 2018:

118.202 / 130.183 * $20 = $18.16

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $18.16 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Men's pants and shorts).


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

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