Bread priced at $5 in 2000 $8.31 in 2017

Historical Price Inflation for Bread

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for bread were 39.83% lower in 2000 versus 2017.

Bread experienced an average inflation rate of 3.03% per year between 2000 and 2017. In other words, bread costing $5 in the year 2000 would cost $8.31 in 2017 for an equivalent purchase.

Average pricing changed by 3.30% in 2000, above the yearly average change for bread during the 2000-2017 time period. Compared to overall inflation for all items in 2000 (3.27%), price inflation for bread was higher.


Price Inflation for Bread since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2008 (12.75%), 2007 (6.92%), and 2011 (5.28%).

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

Year199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
CPI100.000101.108103.815107.362112.531115.362118.515121.138126.238130.392140.094160.559162.576159.759168.673173.391176.765176.423178.654178.453178.445

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How to calculate the inflation rate for bread, 2000-2017

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Bread was 107.362 in the year 2000 and 178.445 in 2017:

178.445 / 107.362 * $5 = $8.31

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the "purchasing power" of $5 from 2000 is $8.31 in 2017 (in the category of Bread).


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

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