Beef and veal priced at $20 in 2004 $39.71 in 2022

Beef And Veal Inflation Calculator


Prices for Beef And Veal, 2004-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for beef and veal are 98.57% higher in 2022 versus 2004 (a $19.71 difference in value).

Between 2004 and 2022: Beef and veal experienced an average inflation rate of 3.88% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, beef and veal costing $20 in the year 2004 would cost $39.71 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.46% during this same period, inflation for beef and veal was higher.

In the year 2004: Pricing changed by 11.55%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for beef and veal during the 2004-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2004 (2.68%), 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 2004

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Beef and veal, over time, for $20 beginning in 2004. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate

* 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:


Adjust beef and veal prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2004 * 2004 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Beef and veal was 195.308 in the year 2004 and 387.828 in 2022:

387.828 / 195.308 * $20 = $39.71

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2004 has the same "purchasing power" as $39.71 in 2022 (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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