Women's dresses priced at $20 in 1969 $30.33 in 2020

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Prices for Women's Dresses, 1969-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for women's dresses were 51.67% higher in 2020 versus 1969 (a $10.33 difference in value).

Between 1969 and 2020: Women's dresses experienced an average inflation rate of 0.82% per year. In other words, women's dresses costing $20 in the year 1969 would cost $30.33 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.90% during this same period, inflation for women's dresses was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Women's dresses since 1969

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1987 (11.04%), 2019 (-8.28%), and 2006 (7.40%).

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

Year 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
CPI 73.975 78.017 76.883 78.408 81.833 84.850 86.900 90.025 93.275 95.383 98.842 98.833 98.933 96.283 99.550 104.150 106.242 104.958 116.550 123.542 123.525 128.975 133.900 133.633 136.150 128.450 121.242 112.592 110.983 113.492 107.892 100.508 98.375 103.858 102.333 101.292 103.558 111.217 112.859 112.792 117.137 111.464 116.287 121.074 121.860 125.487 122.838 120.308 123.227 127.051 116.537 112.196

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Buying power of $20 since 1969

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Women's dresses, over time, for $20 beginning in 1969. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1969 $20.00 -
1970 $21.09 5.46%
1971 $20.79 -1.45%
1972 $21.20 1.98%
1973 $22.12 4.37%
1974 $22.94 3.69%
1975 $23.49 2.42%
1976 $24.34 3.60%
1977 $25.22 3.61%
1978 $25.79 2.26%
1979 $26.72 3.63%
1980 $26.72 -0.01%
1981 $26.75 0.10%
1982 $26.03 -2.68%
1983 $26.91 3.39%
1984 $28.16 4.62%
1985 $28.72 2.01%
1986 $28.38 -1.21%
1987 $31.51 11.04%
1988 $33.40 6.00%
1989 $33.40 -0.01%
1990 $34.87 4.41%
1991 $36.20 3.82%
1992 $36.13 -0.20%
1993 $36.81 1.88%
1994 $34.73 -5.66%
1995 $32.78 -5.61%
1996 $30.44 -7.13%
1997 $30.01 -1.43%
1998 $30.68 2.26%
1999 $29.17 -4.93%
2000 $27.17 -6.84%
2001 $26.60 -2.12%
2002 $28.08 5.57%
2003 $27.67 -1.47%
2004 $27.39 -1.02%
2005 $28.00 2.24%
2006 $30.07 7.40%
2007 $30.51 1.48%
2008 $30.49 -0.06%
2009 $31.67 3.85%
2010 $30.14 -4.84%
2011 $31.44 4.33%
2012 $32.73 4.12%
2013 $32.95 0.65%
2014 $33.93 2.98%
2015 $33.21 -2.11%
2016 $32.53 -2.06%
2017 $33.32 2.43%
2018 $34.35 3.10%
2019 $31.51 -8.28%
2020 $30.33 -3.73%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for women's dresses, 1969-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1969 * 1969 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Women's dresses was 73.975 in the year 1969 and 112.196 in 2020:

112.196 / 73.975 * $20 = $30.33

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1969 has the same "purchasing power" as $30.33 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Women's dresses).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Women's dresses in 1969. In addition to women's dresses, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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