Carbonated drinks priced at $20 in 2002 $31.55 in 2022

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Prices for Carbonated Drinks, 2002-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for carbonated drinks are 57.75% higher in 2022 versus 2002 (a $11.55 difference in value).

Between 2002 and 2022: Carbonated drinks experienced an average inflation rate of 2.31% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, carbonated drinks costing $20 in the year 2002 would cost $31.55 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.39% during this same period, inflation for carbonated drinks was lower.

In the year 2002: Pricing changed by 0.15%, which is below the average yearly change for carbonated drinks during the 2002-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2002 (1.59%), 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 2002

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Carbonated drinks, over time, for $20 beginning in 2002. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2002$20.000.15%
2003$20.000.00%
2004$20.371.83%
2005$21.013.14%
2006$21.371.74%
2007$22.324.42%
2008$23.414.87%
2009$24.544.84%
2010$24.630.39%
2011$25.282.64%
2012$25.631.39%
2013$25.41-0.89%
2014$25.29-0.44%
2015$25.420.51%
2016$25.650.90%
2017$25.740.34%
2018$26.061.26%
2019$26.993.57%
2020$28.495.56%
2021$29.603.89%
2022$31.556.59%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI70.84677.33186.60895.28597.862100.269101.846102.838103.615105.715105.708108.423112.108113.015114.908115.869115.723119.523119.900118.262117.462118.785123.385125.400125.585125.585127.885131.900134.200140.138146.970154.082154.676158.760160.959159.528158.832159.645161.075161.619163.661169.500178.916185.875198.115

Adjust carbonated drinks prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2002 * 2002 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Carbonated drinks was 125.585 in the year 2002 and 198.115 in 2022:

198.115 / 125.585 * $20 = $31.55

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2002 has the same "purchasing power" as $31.55 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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