Women's outerwear priced at $20 in 1978 $19.71 in 2020

Women's Outerwear Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Women's Outerwear, 1978-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for women's outerwear were 1.43% lower in 2020 versus 1978 (a $0.29 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2020: Women's outerwear experienced an average inflation rate of -0.03% per year. In other words, women's outerwear costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $19.71 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.33% during this same period, inflation for women's outerwear was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Women's outerwear since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2014 (9.85%), 2020 (-7.51%), and 2013 (7.07%).

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

Year 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 98.517 100.542 98.800 95.633 97.633 101.183 100.967 101.108 95.175 100.892 104.517 108.858 114.117 119.833 119.275 124.542 121.292 116.500 119.417 123.333 118.858 113.575 115.942 115.250 110.358 108.433 104.292 100.775 94.700 93.134 92.613 92.874 91.505 94.227 95.250 101.983 112.030 109.755 110.626 109.835 104.812 105.002 97.113

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Buying power of $20 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Women's outerwear, over time, for $20 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1978 $20.00 -
1979 $20.41 2.06%
1980 $20.06 -1.73%
1981 $19.41 -3.21%
1982 $19.82 2.09%
1983 $20.54 3.64%
1984 $20.50 -0.21%
1985 $20.53 0.14%
1986 $19.32 -5.87%
1987 $20.48 6.01%
1988 $21.22 3.59%
1989 $22.10 4.15%
1990 $23.17 4.83%
1991 $24.33 5.01%
1992 $24.21 -0.47%
1993 $25.28 4.42%
1994 $24.62 -2.61%
1995 $23.65 -3.95%
1996 $24.24 2.50%
1997 $25.04 3.28%
1998 $24.13 -3.63%
1999 $23.06 -4.45%
2000 $23.54 2.08%
2001 $23.40 -0.60%
2002 $22.40 -4.24%
2003 $22.01 -1.74%
2004 $21.17 -3.82%
2005 $20.46 -3.37%
2006 $19.23 -6.03%
2007 $18.91 -1.65%
2008 $18.80 -0.56%
2009 $18.85 0.28%
2010 $18.58 -1.47%
2011 $19.13 2.97%
2012 $19.34 1.09%
2013 $20.70 7.07%
2014 $22.74 9.85%
2015 $22.28 -2.03%
2016 $22.46 0.79%
2017 $22.30 -0.71%
2018 $21.28 -4.57%
2019 $21.32 0.18%
2020 $19.71 -7.51%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for women's outerwear, 1978-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Women's outerwear was 98.517 in the year 1978 and 97.113 in 2020:

97.113 / 98.517 * $20 = $19.71

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $19.71 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Women's outerwear).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Women's outerwear in 1978. In addition to women's outerwear, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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