Miscellaneous personal goods priced at $20 in 1997 $15.17 in 2021

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Prices for Miscellaneous Personal Goods, 1997-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for miscellaneous personal goods were 24.16% lower in 2021 versus 1997 (a $4.83 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2021: Miscellaneous personal goods experienced an average inflation rate of -1.15% per year. In other words, miscellaneous personal goods costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $15.17 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.13% during this same period, inflation for miscellaneous personal goods was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Miscellaneous personal goods since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2004 (-4.90%), 2018 (-3.48%), and 2016 (-3.06%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Miscellaneous personal goods:

Year 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 100.000 100.631 98.892 96.223 94.915 94.085 92.092 87.577 86.062 86.338 87.076 88.452 88.660 87.691 86.448 86.058 84.816 84.278 81.837 79.334 77.734 75.026 74.304 75.648 75.842

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Buying power of $20 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Miscellaneous personal goods, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1997 $20.00 -
1998 $20.13 0.63%
1999 $19.78 -1.73%
2000 $19.24 -2.70%
2001 $18.98 -1.36%
2002 $18.82 -0.88%
2003 $18.42 -2.12%
2004 $17.52 -4.90%
2005 $17.21 -1.73%
2006 $17.27 0.32%
2007 $17.42 0.85%
2008 $17.69 1.58%
2009 $17.73 0.23%
2010 $17.54 -1.09%
2011 $17.29 -1.42%
2012 $17.21 -0.45%
2013 $16.96 -1.44%
2014 $16.86 -0.63%
2015 $16.37 -2.90%
2016 $15.87 -3.06%
2017 $15.55 -2.02%
2018 $15.01 -3.48%
2019 $14.86 -0.96%
2020 $15.13 1.81%
2021 $15.17 0.26%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for miscellaneous personal goods, 1997-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Miscellaneous personal goods was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 75.842 in 2021:

75.842 / 100.000 * $20 = $15.17

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $15.17 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Miscellaneous personal goods).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Miscellaneous personal goods in 1997. In addition to miscellaneous personal goods, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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