Bacon priced at $7.40 in 1942 $164.23 in 2022

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Prices for Bacon, 1942-2022 ($7.40)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for bacon and related products are 2,119.39% higher in 2022 versus 1942 (a $156.83 difference in value).

The current national average price is $7.40 for "Bacon, sliced, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1942 and 2022: Bacon experienced an average inflation rate of 3.95% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, bacon costing $7.40 in the year 1942 would cost $164.23 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.65% during this same period, inflation for bacon was higher.

In the year 1942: Pricing changed by 14.94%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for bacon during the 1942-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1942 (10.92%), inflation for bacon was much higher.

Price Inflation for Bacon and related products since 1939

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (45.64%), 1973 (37.81%), and 1975 (34.38%).

Price history

The average price for Bacon is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Bacon, sliced, per lb. (453.6 gm):

YearAverage price (Bacon)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
2022$7.40 (latest available value)$7.40
2021$6.64$7.22
2020$5.58$6.87
2019$5.61$7.09
2018$5.47$7.04
2017$5.77$7.30
2016$5.42$7.33
2015$5.45$7.42
2014$5.78$7.37
2013$5.29$7.12
2012$4.56$6.51
2011$4.63$6.72
2010$4.11$6.76
2009$3.61$6.39
2008$3.66$6.38
2007$3.66$6.32
2006$3.44$6.18
2005$3.39$6.18
2004$3.38$6.09
2003$3.20$6.22
2002$3.24$6.64
2001$3.25$6.74
2000$3.03$6.52
1999$2.55$6.43
1998$2.54$6.40
1997$2.68$6.25
1996$2.47$6.35
1995$1.99$6.33
1994$1.99$6.44
1993$1.93$6.66
1992$1.92$7.00
1991$2.22$7.08
1990$2.12$7.16
1989$1.77$7.05
1988$1.88$7.14
1987$2.14$7.14
1986$2.08$7.33
1985$1.94$7.32
1984$1.86$7.25
1983$1.94$7.42
1982$2.05$7.68
1981$1.67$7.64
1980$1.46$7.61

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Buying power of $7.40 since 1942

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Bacon, over time, for $7.40 beginning in 1942. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1942$7.4014.94%
1943$7.734.42%
1944$7.35-4.92%
1945$7.400.76%
1946$9.6630.49%
1947$14.0745.64%
1948$13.93-0.99%
1949$12.05-13.52%
1950$11.53-4.25%
1951$12.165.42%
1952$11.74-3.48%
1953$14.2921.80%
1954$14.823.70%
1955$11.97-19.24%
1956$10.55-11.87%
1957$13.5528.48%
1958$14.517.07%
1959$12.15-16.26%
1960$11.97-1.52%
1961$13.048.92%
1962$12.88-1.19%
1963$12.50-2.98%
1964$12.560.48%
1965$15.3021.87%
1966$18.0117.67%
1967$15.81-12.21%
1968$15.38-2.70%
1969$16.668.32%
1970$18.028.17%
1971$15.27-15.29%
1972$18.4721.00%
1973$25.4637.81%
1974$25.36-0.36%
1975$34.0834.38%
1976$33.25-2.43%
1977$30.48-8.33%
1978$35.1015.14%
1979$32.58-7.17%
1980$31.60-3.02%
1981$35.8013.31%
1982$43.8822.58%
1983$42.96-2.12%
1984$42.06-2.09%
1985$43.543.53%
1986$46.637.10%
1987$49.235.57%
1988$43.34-11.96%
1989$41.17-5.01%
1990$48.7218.34%
1991$51.485.67%
1992$44.94-12.70%
1993$47.615.93%
1994$50.766.61%
1995$51.541.54%
1996$63.9824.13%
1997$70.4810.16%
1998$65.31-7.33%
1999$65.08-0.34%
2000$76.2817.20%
2001$79.313.97%
2002$80.020.89%
2003$84.455.54%
2004$91.097.86%
2005$90.14-1.04%
2006$91.511.51%
2007$94.943.76%
2008$94.24-0.74%
2009$92.75-1.59%
2010$99.777.57%
2011$113.1713.44%
2012$115.011.63%
2013$121.966.04%
2014$128.765.58%
2015$120.72-6.25%
2016$121.460.61%
2017$129.756.83%
2018$127.51-1.73%
2019$130.021.97%
2020$133.422.61%
2021$150.9713.15%
2022$164.238.79%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Bacon and related products:

Year193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI13.60011.89214.98517.22317.98517.10017.23122.48532.74632.42328.03826.84628.30027.31533.26934.50027.86224.55431.54633.77728.28527.85430.33829.97729.08529.22335.61541.90836.79235.80038.77741.94635.53142.99259.24659.03179.32377.39270.94681.68575.83173.53883.323102.13899.97797.885101.338108.531114.577100.87795.823113.392119.823104.600110.808118.131119.954148.900164.031152.000151.477177.538184.592186.238196.562212.008209.800212.977220.978219.349215.861232.207263.405267.691283.854299.687280.969282.682301.979296.766302.619310.531351.377382.247

Adjust bacon prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1942 * 1942 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Bacon and related products was 17.223 in the year 1942 and 382.247 in 2022:

382.247 / 17.223 * $7.40 = $164.23

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $7.40 in 1942 has the same "purchasing power" as $164.23 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Bacon and related products).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Bacon and related products in 1939. In addition to bacon, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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