Women's and girls' apparel priced at $20 in 1935 $65.97 in 2021

Women's And Girls' Apparel Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Women's And Girls' Apparel, 1935-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for women's and girls' apparel were 229.87% higher in 2021 versus 1935 (a $45.97 difference in value).

Between 1935 and 2021: Women's and girls' apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 1.40% per year. In other words, women's and girls' apparel costing $20 in the year 1935 would cost $65.97 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.49% during this same period, inflation for women's and girls' apparel was lower.

Price Inflation for Women's and girls' apparel since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (15.88%), 1942 (15.64%), and 1951 (7.66%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Women's and girls' apparel:

Year 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 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 29.800 30.100 31.600 31.400 31.000 31.200 32.600 37.700 39.400 42.400 44.700 48.000 55.623 58.915 55.669 53.808 57.931 57.238 56.577 56.115 55.608 56.008 56.308 56.208 56.431 56.700 56.908 56.846 57.323 57.592 58.077 59.208 61.892 65.546 69.169 71.838 74.369 76.162 78.808 83.538 85.492 87.869 90.638 92.408 94.046 96.023 97.508 98.477 100.215 101.308 104.946 103.985 110.392 114.892 116.423 122.562 127.554 130.369 132.562 130.938 126.908 124.662 126.100 125.977 123.285 121.523 119.285 115.815 113.062 112.962 110.792 110.700 110.296 107.460 108.091 107.081 109.166 112.990 113.338 114.362 111.214 111.240 111.023 110.442 106.747 99.729 98.301

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Buying power of $20 since 1935

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Women's and girls' apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 1935. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1935 $20.00 -
1936 $20.20 1.01%
1937 $21.21 4.98%
1938 $21.07 -0.63%
1939 $20.81 -1.27%
1940 $20.94 0.65%
1941 $21.88 4.49%
1942 $25.30 15.64%
1943 $26.44 4.51%
1944 $28.46 7.61%
1945 $30.00 5.42%
1946 $32.21 7.38%
1947 $37.33 15.88%
1948 $39.54 5.92%
1949 $37.36 -5.51%
1950 $36.11 -3.34%
1951 $38.88 7.66%
1952 $38.42 -1.20%
1953 $37.97 -1.16%
1954 $37.66 -0.82%
1955 $37.32 -0.90%
1956 $37.59 0.72%
1957 $37.79 0.54%
1958 $37.72 -0.18%
1959 $37.87 0.40%
1960 $38.05 0.48%
1961 $38.19 0.37%
1962 $38.15 -0.11%
1963 $38.47 0.84%
1964 $38.65 0.47%
1965 $38.98 0.84%
1966 $39.74 1.95%
1967 $41.54 4.53%
1968 $43.99 5.90%
1969 $46.42 5.53%
1970 $48.21 3.86%
1971 $49.91 3.52%
1972 $51.12 2.41%
1973 $52.89 3.47%
1974 $56.07 6.00%
1975 $57.38 2.34%
1976 $58.97 2.78%
1977 $60.83 3.15%
1978 $62.02 1.95%
1979 $63.12 1.77%
1980 $64.45 2.10%
1981 $65.44 1.55%
1982 $66.09 0.99%
1983 $67.26 1.77%
1984 $67.99 1.09%
1985 $70.43 3.59%
1986 $69.79 -0.92%
1987 $74.09 6.16%
1988 $77.11 4.08%
1989 $78.14 1.33%
1990 $82.26 5.27%
1991 $85.61 4.07%
1992 $87.50 2.21%
1993 $88.97 1.68%
1994 $87.88 -1.22%
1995 $85.17 -3.08%
1996 $83.67 -1.77%
1997 $84.63 1.15%
1998 $84.55 -0.10%
1999 $82.74 -2.14%
2000 $81.56 -1.43%
2001 $80.06 -1.84%
2002 $77.73 -2.91%
2003 $75.88 -2.38%
2004 $75.81 -0.09%
2005 $74.36 -1.92%
2006 $74.30 -0.08%
2007 $74.02 -0.37%
2008 $72.12 -2.57%
2009 $72.54 0.59%
2010 $71.87 -0.94%
2011 $73.27 1.95%
2012 $75.83 3.50%
2013 $76.07 0.31%
2014 $76.75 0.90%
2015 $74.64 -2.75%
2016 $74.66 0.02%
2017 $74.51 -0.20%
2018 $74.12 -0.52%
2019 $71.64 -3.35%
2020 $66.93 -6.57%
2021 $65.97 -1.43%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for women's and girls' apparel, 1935-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1935 * 1935 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Women's and girls' apparel was 29.800 in the year 1935 and 98.301 in 2021:

98.301 / 29.800 * $20 = $65.97

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" as $65.97 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Women's and girls' apparel).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Women's and girls' apparel in 1935. In addition to women's and girls' 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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