Baby food priced at $10 in 1998 $16.92 in 2021

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Prices for Baby Food, 1998-2021 ($10)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for baby food were 69.24% higher in 2021 versus 1998 (a $6.92 difference in value).

Between 1998 and 2021: Baby food experienced an average inflation rate of 2.31% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, baby food costing $10 in the year 1998 would cost $16.92 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.08% during this same period, inflation for baby food was higher.

In the year 1998: Pricing changed by 2.10%, which is below the average yearly change for baby food during the 1998-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1998 (1.55%), inflation for baby food was higher.

Price Inflation for Baby food since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2008 (5.60%), 2019 (4.24%), and 2012 (4.05%).

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

Year 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 100.000 102.100 105.977 110.269 113.831 115.854 118.692 122.585 124.362 128.015 130.415 137.715 139.985 139.927 143.402 149.214 151.166 154.161 153.917 155.851 158.333 161.782 168.648 173.071 172.794

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Buying power of $10 since 1998

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Baby food, over time, for $10 beginning in 1998. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1998 $10.00 2.10%
1999 $10.38 3.80%
2000 $10.80 4.05%
2001 $11.15 3.23%
2002 $11.35 1.78%
2003 $11.63 2.45%
2004 $12.01 3.28%
2005 $12.18 1.45%
2006 $12.54 2.94%
2007 $12.77 1.87%
2008 $13.49 5.60%
2009 $13.71 1.65%
2010 $13.70 -0.04%
2011 $14.05 2.48%
2012 $14.61 4.05%
2013 $14.81 1.31%
2014 $15.10 1.98%
2015 $15.08 -0.16%
2016 $15.26 1.26%
2017 $15.51 1.59%
2018 $15.85 2.18%
2019 $16.52 4.24%
2020 $16.95 2.62%
2021 $16.92 -0.16%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for baby food, 1998-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1998 * 1998 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Baby food was 102.100 in the year 1998 and 172.794 in 2021:

172.794 / 102.100 * $10 = $16.92

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $10 in 1998 has the same "purchasing power" as $16.92 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Baby food).


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

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