Carbonated drinks priced at $20 in 2016 $22.18 in 2020

Carbonated Drinks Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Carbonated Drinks, 2016-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for carbonated drinks were 10.92% higher in 2020 versus 2016 (a $2.18 difference in value).

Between 2016 and 2020: Carbonated drinks experienced an average inflation rate of 2.62% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, carbonated drinks costing $20 in the year 2016 would cost $22.18 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.83% during this same period, inflation for carbonated drinks was higher.

In the year 2016: Pricing changed by 0.90%, which is below the average yearly change for carbonated drinks during the 2016-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2016 (1.26%), 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%).

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

Year 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 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 70.846 77.331 86.608 95.285 97.862 100.269 101.846 102.838 103.615 105.715 105.708 108.423 112.108 113.015 114.908 115.869 115.723 119.523 119.900 118.262 117.462 118.785 123.385 125.400 125.585 125.585 127.885 131.900 134.200 140.138 146.970 154.082 154.676 158.760 160.959 159.528 158.832 159.645 161.075 161.619 163.661 169.500 178.663

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Buying power of $20 since 2016

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Carbonated drinks, over time, for $20 beginning in 2016. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2016 $20.00 0.90%
2017 $20.07 0.34%
2018 $20.32 1.26%
2019 $21.05 3.57%
2020 $22.18 5.41%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for carbonated drinks, 2016-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 2016 * 2016 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Carbonated drinks was 161.075 in the year 2016 and 178.663 in 2020:

178.663 / 161.075 * $20 = $22.18

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2016 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.18 in 2020 (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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