Men's pants and shorts priced at $20 in 1977 $28.47 in 2021

Men's Pants And Shorts Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Men's Pants And Shorts, 1977-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for men's pants and shorts were 42.33% higher in 2021 versus 1977 (a $8.47 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2021: Men's pants and shorts experienced an average inflation rate of 0.81% per year. In other words, men's pants and shorts costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $28.47 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.44% during this same period, inflation for men's pants and shorts was lower.

Price Inflation for Men's pants and shorts since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2021 (8.35%), 1981 (5.97%), and 2003 (-5.91%).

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

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 89.200 88.600 88.646 89.446 94.785 98.392 100.262 101.354 104.777 104.338 107.738 112.538 117.223 119.938 124.269 127.700 127.223 127.715 127.562 130.454 131.531 132.115 132.592 130.177 124.354 119.962 112.869 110.054 111.723 109.485 108.949 111.088 111.827 108.883 113.725 119.363 120.257 119.682 123.246 119.683 119.415 118.015 117.035 117.183 126.962

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Buying power of $20 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Men's pants and shorts, 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 $19.87 -0.67%
1979 $19.88 0.05%
1980 $20.06 0.90%
1981 $21.25 5.97%
1982 $22.06 3.81%
1983 $22.48 1.90%
1984 $22.73 1.09%
1985 $23.49 3.38%
1986 $23.39 -0.42%
1987 $24.16 3.26%
1988 $25.23 4.46%
1989 $26.28 4.16%
1990 $26.89 2.32%
1991 $27.86 3.61%
1992 $28.63 2.76%
1993 $28.53 -0.37%
1994 $28.64 0.39%
1995 $28.60 -0.12%
1996 $29.25 2.27%
1997 $29.49 0.83%
1998 $29.62 0.44%
1999 $29.73 0.36%
2000 $29.19 -1.82%
2001 $27.88 -4.47%
2002 $26.90 -3.53%
2003 $25.31 -5.91%
2004 $24.68 -2.49%
2005 $25.05 1.52%
2006 $24.55 -2.00%
2007 $24.43 -0.49%
2008 $24.91 1.96%
2009 $25.07 0.67%
2010 $24.41 -2.63%
2011 $25.50 4.45%
2012 $26.76 4.96%
2013 $26.96 0.75%
2014 $26.83 -0.48%
2015 $27.63 2.98%
2016 $26.83 -2.89%
2017 $26.77 -0.22%
2018 $26.46 -1.17%
2019 $26.24 -0.83%
2020 $26.27 0.13%
2021 $28.47 8.35%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for men's pants and shorts, 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 Men's pants and shorts was 89.200 in the year 1977 and 126.962 in 2021:

126.962 / 89.200 * $20 = $28.47

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.47 in 2021 (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 1977. 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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