Cheese and related products priced at $20 in 1979 $65.42 in 2024

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Prices for Cheese And Related Products, 1979-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cheese and related products are 227.08% higher in 2024 versus 1979 (a $45.42 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2024: Cheese and related products experienced an average inflation rate of 2.67% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, cheese and related products costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $65.42 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.29% during this same period, inflation for cheese and related products was lower.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 12.33%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for cheese and related products during the 1979-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for cheese and related products was higher.

Price Inflation for Cheese and related products since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1979 (12.33%), 2008 (12.05%), and 1990 (11.58%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cheese and related products, over time, for $20 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1979$20.0012.33%
1980$22.0110.04%
1981$23.848.32%
1982$24.442.54%
1983$24.851.66%
1984$25.131.14%
1985$25.611.88%
1986$25.690.33%
1987$26.282.30%
1988$27.103.12%
1989$29.177.62%
1990$32.5411.58%
1991$32.951.24%
1992$33.612.00%
1993$33.57-0.11%
1994$33.850.82%
1995$34.201.04%
1996$35.894.93%
1997$36.642.11%
1998$37.773.09%
1999$40.356.81%
2000$40.390.10%
2001$41.572.93%
2002$42.181.45%
2003$42.02-0.37%
2004$44.856.73%
2005$45.471.39%
2006$44.85-1.36%
2007$47.505.90%
2008$53.2312.05%
2009$50.48-5.17%
2010$50.820.68%
2011$53.966.19%
2012$55.182.24%
2013$55.05-0.23%
2014$58.075.48%
2015$57.96-0.18%
2016$56.56-2.43%
2017$56.690.23%
2018$56.870.33%
2019$56.73-0.25%
2020$59.715.26%
2021$59.830.19%
2022$65.168.91%
2023$66.492.05%
2024$65.42-1.61%*

* 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 Cheese and related products:

Year197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI68.50071.76980.61588.70896.09298.531100.162101.308103.215103.554105.938109.238117.562131.177132.808135.469135.323136.438137.862144.654147.700152.262162.631162.800167.577170.008169.377180.777183.292180.800191.472214.546203.457204.845217.517222.400221.887234.051233.634227.960228.493229.246228.663240.683241.148262.626267.998263.676

Adjust cheese and related products prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cheese and related products was 80.615 in the year 1979 and 263.676 in 2024:

263.676 / 80.615 * $20 = $65.42

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $65.42 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Cheese and related products).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Cheese and related products in 1977. In addition to cheese and related products, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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