Bread priced at $5 in 1997 $9.29 in 2020

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Prices for Bread, 1997-2020 ($5)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for bread were 85.87% higher in 2020 versus 1997 (a $4.29 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2020: Bread experienced an average inflation rate of 2.73% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, bread costing $5 in the year 1997 would cost $9.29 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.09% during this same period, 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 (14.61%), 2007 (7.44%), and 2011 (5.58%).

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

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
CPI 100.000 101.108 103.815 107.362 112.531 115.362 118.515 121.138 126.238 130.392 140.094 160.559 162.576 159.759 168.673 173.391 176.765 176.423 178.654 178.453 178.285 179.352 184.134 185.875

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Buying power of $5 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Bread, over time, for $5 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1997 $5.00 -
1998 $5.06 1.11%
1999 $5.19 2.68%
2000 $5.37 3.42%
2001 $5.63 4.81%
2002 $5.77 2.52%
2003 $5.93 2.73%
2004 $6.06 2.21%
2005 $6.31 4.21%
2006 $6.52 3.29%
2007 $7.00 7.44%
2008 $8.03 14.61%
2009 $8.13 1.26%
2010 $7.99 -1.73%
2011 $8.43 5.58%
2012 $8.67 2.80%
2013 $8.84 1.95%
2014 $8.82 -0.19%
2015 $8.93 1.26%
2016 $8.92 -0.11%
2017 $8.91 -0.09%
2018 $8.97 0.60%
2019 $9.21 2.67%
2020 $9.29 0.95%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for bread, 1997-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Bread was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 185.875 in 2020:

185.875 / 100.000 * $5 = $9.29

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $5 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $9.29 in 2020 (in the CPI 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 goods and services.

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