Beef and veal priced at $20 in 1979 $89.39 in 2024

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Prices for Beef And Veal, 1979-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for beef and veal are 346.95% higher in 2024 versus 1979 (a $69.39 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2024: Beef and veal experienced an average inflation rate of 3.38% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, beef and veal costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $89.39 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.29% during this same period, inflation for beef and veal was higher.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 27.26%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for beef and veal during the 1979-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for beef and veal was much higher.

Price Inflation for Beef and veal since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (41.78%), 1946 (27.28%), and 1979 (27.26%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Beef and veal, over time, for $20 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1979$20.0027.26%
1980$21.135.67%
1981$21.310.85%
1982$21.621.42%
1983$21.30-1.48%
1984$21.551.18%
1985$21.09-2.11%
1986$21.220.60%
1987$22.837.61%
1988$24.085.46%
1989$25.646.47%
1990$27.667.89%
1991$28.462.86%
1992$28.42-0.13%
1993$29.463.65%
1994$29.21-0.83%
1995$28.97-0.81%
1996$28.90-0.27%
1997$29.381.69%
1998$29.33-0.18%
1999$29.911.97%
2000$31.816.37%
2001$34.488.37%
2002$34.510.08%
2003$37.629.02%
2004$41.9611.55%
2005$43.062.62%
2006$43.410.81%
2007$45.354.46%
2008$47.394.51%
2009$46.90-1.05%
2010$48.242.86%
2011$53.1510.18%
2012$56.536.35%
2013$57.651.99%
2014$64.6112.07%
2015$69.297.24%
2016$64.90-6.34%
2017$64.11-1.21%
2018$65.011.41%
2019$66.041.58%
2020$72.409.64%
2021$79.159.32%
2022$83.335.28%
2023$86.333.60%
2024$89.393.54%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Beef and veal:

Year193519361937193819391940194119421943194419451946194719481949195019511952195319541955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI11.62311.13112.52311.60011.87712.06913.02314.50814.64613.94613.90017.69225.08530.37728.33131.23136.46936.15428.53827.43827.13826.71528.71533.40834.40033.53132.99234.16933.76932.80034.35436.16236.39237.86241.66943.49245.45449.71559.59261.30861.87759.85459.53873.14693.08598.36299.200100.60899.115100.28598.16998.762106.277112.085119.338128.754132.438132.262137.092135.954134.854134.485136.762136.515139.200148.069160.469160.600175.085195.308200.423202.054211.060220.586218.273224.511247.377263.089268.326300.724322.504302.062298.399302.592307.362336.980368.383387.828401.794416.037

Adjust beef and veal prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Beef and veal was 93.085 in the year 1979 and 416.037 in 2024:

416.037 / 93.085 * $20 = $89.39

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $89.39 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Beef and veal).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Beef and veal in 1935. In addition to beef and veal, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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