Toys priced at $20 in 1977 $8.51 in 2019

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Prices for Toys, 1977-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for toys were 57.45% lower in 2019 versus 1977 (a $11.49 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2019: Toys experienced an average inflation rate of -2.01% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, toys costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $8.51 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.49% during this same period, inflation for toys was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Toys since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2018 (-9.59%), 2017 (-8.94%), and 1980 (8.44%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Toys:

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
CPI 73.100 75.523 79.815 86.554 93.231 98.562 100.208 101.231 101.438 102.454 104.792 110.600 115.285 117.462 118.308 120.192 121.885 123.715 123.215 126.354 126.200 119.854 112.762 105.492 100.269 93.938 87.454 83.262 77.585 74.062 70.584 66.866 63.255 59.153 56.566 53.706 50.822 47.636 44.657 40.965 37.303 33.724 31.105

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Buying power of $20 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Toys, 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 $20.66 3.31%
1979 $21.84 5.68%
1980 $23.68 8.44%
1981 $25.51 7.71%
1982 $26.97 5.72%
1983 $27.42 1.67%
1984 $27.70 1.02%
1985 $27.75 0.21%
1986 $28.03 1.00%
1987 $28.67 2.28%
1988 $30.26 5.54%
1989 $31.54 4.24%
1990 $32.14 1.89%
1991 $32.37 0.72%
1992 $32.88 1.59%
1993 $33.35 1.41%
1994 $33.85 1.50%
1995 $33.71 -0.40%
1996 $34.57 2.55%
1997 $34.53 -0.12%
1998 $32.79 -5.03%
1999 $30.85 -5.92%
2000 $28.86 -6.45%
2001 $27.43 -4.95%
2002 $25.70 -6.31%
2003 $23.93 -6.90%
2004 $22.78 -4.79%
2005 $21.23 -6.82%
2006 $20.26 -4.54%
2007 $19.31 -4.70%
2008 $18.29 -5.27%
2009 $17.31 -5.40%
2010 $16.18 -6.48%
2011 $15.48 -4.37%
2012 $14.69 -5.06%
2013 $13.90 -5.37%
2014 $13.03 -6.27%
2015 $12.22 -6.25%
2016 $11.21 -8.27%
2017 $10.21 -8.94%
2018 $9.23 -9.59%
2019 $8.51 -7.77%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for toys, 1977-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Toys was 73.100 in the year 1977 and 31.105 in 2019:

31.105 / 73.100 * $20 = $8.51

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $8.51 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Toys).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Toys in 1977. In addition to toys, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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