Carbonated drinks priced at $20 in 1980 $46.02 in 2022

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Prices for Carbonated Drinks, 1980-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for carbonated drinks are 130.11% higher in 2022 versus 1980 (a $26.02 difference in value).

Between 1980 and 2022: Carbonated drinks experienced an average inflation rate of 2% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, carbonated drinks costing $20 in the year 1980 would cost $46.02 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.04% during this same period, inflation for carbonated drinks was lower.

In the year 1980: Pricing changed by 12%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for carbonated drinks during the 1980-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1980 (13.55%), inflation for carbonated drinks was lower.

Price Inflation for Carbonated drinks since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (12%), 1981 (10.02%), and 1979 (9.15%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1980

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Carbonated drinks, over time, for $20 beginning in 1980. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1980$20.0012.00%
1981$22.0010.02%
1982$22.602.70%
1983$23.152.46%
1984$23.521.57%
1985$23.750.97%
1986$23.930.76%
1987$24.412.03%
1988$24.41-0.01%
1989$25.042.57%
1990$25.893.40%
1991$26.100.81%
1992$26.541.67%
1993$26.760.84%
1994$26.72-0.13%
1995$27.603.28%
1996$27.690.32%
1997$27.31-1.37%
1998$27.12-0.68%
1999$27.431.13%
2000$28.493.87%
2001$28.961.63%
2002$29.000.15%
2003$29.000.00%
2004$29.531.83%
2005$30.463.14%
2006$30.991.74%
2007$32.364.42%
2008$33.944.87%
2009$35.584.84%
2010$35.720.39%
2011$36.662.64%
2012$37.171.39%
2013$36.84-0.89%
2014$36.68-0.44%
2015$36.870.51%
2016$37.200.90%
2017$37.320.34%
2018$37.791.26%
2019$39.143.57%
2020$41.325.56%
2021$42.923.89%
2022$46.027.22%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI70.84677.33186.60895.28597.862100.269101.846102.838103.615105.715105.708108.423112.108113.015114.908115.869115.723119.523119.900118.262117.462118.785123.385125.400125.585125.585127.885131.900134.200140.138146.970154.082154.676158.760160.959159.528158.832159.645161.075161.619163.661169.500178.916185.875199.292

Adjust carbonated drinks prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1980 * 1980 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Carbonated drinks was 86.608 in the year 1980 and 199.292 in 2022:

199.292 / 86.608 * $20 = $46.02

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1980 has the same "purchasing power" as $46.02 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Carbonated drinks).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Carbonated drinks in 1978. In addition to carbonated drinks, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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