Chicken priced at $1.88 in 1999 $3.43 in 2022

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Prices for Chicken, 1999-2022 ($1.88)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for chicken are 82.46% higher in 2022 versus 1999 (a $1.55 difference in value).

The current national average price is $1.88 for "Chicken, fresh, whole, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1999 and 2022: Chicken experienced an average inflation rate of 2.65% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, chicken costing $1.88 in the year 1999 would cost $3.43 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.43% during this same period, inflation for chicken was higher.

In the year 1999: Pricing changed by 0.42%, which is below the average yearly change for chicken during the 1999-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1999 (2.19%), inflation for chicken was lower.

Price Inflation for Chicken since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2022 (12.14%), 2004 (8.53%), and 2007 (5.75%).

Price history

The average price for Chicken is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Chicken, fresh, whole, per lb. (453.6 gm):

YearAverage price (Chicken)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
2022$1.88 (latest available value)$1.88
2021$1.53$1.71
2020$1.56$1.85
2019$1.50$1.85
2018$1.50$1.85
2017$1.47$1.84
2016$1.46$1.84
2015$1.49$1.82
2014$1.53$1.88
2013$1.50$1.87
2012$1.42$1.88
2011$1.29$1.79
2010$1.26$1.78
2009$1.28$1.79
2008$1.21$1.72
2007$1.12$1.67
2006$1.05$1.66
2005$1.06$1.63
2004$1.07$1.68
2003$1.03$1.76
2002$1.07$1.85
2001$1.11$1.95
2000$1.07$1.94
1999$1.06$1.93
1998$1.04$1.91
1997$1.00$1.86
1996$0.97No data
1995$0.92No data
1994$0.90No data
1993$0.89No data
1992$0.87No data
1991$0.88No data
1990$0.90No data
1989$0.93No data
1988$0.85No data
1987$0.78No data
1986$0.84No data
1985$0.76No data
1984$0.81No data
1983$0.72No data
1982$0.71No data
1981$0.73No data
1980$0.71No data

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Buying power of $1.88 since 1999

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Chicken, over time, for $1.88 beginning in 1999. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1999$1.880.42%
2000$1.890.63%
2001$1.952.98%
2002$1.991.95%
2003$2.011.22%
2004$2.188.53%
2005$2.232.05%
2006$2.17-2.48%
2007$2.305.75%
2008$2.415.12%
2009$2.451.45%
2010$2.43-0.60%
2011$2.481.84%
2012$2.604.84%
2013$2.745.32%
2014$2.802.31%
2015$2.810.31%
2016$2.72-3.04%
2017$2.740.71%
2018$2.771.15%
2019$2.77-0.24%
2020$2.914.96%
2021$3.065.28%
2022$3.4312.14%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.000101.385101.815102.454105.508107.569108.877118.169120.592117.600124.363130.727132.622131.821134.250140.754148.246151.667152.141147.513148.556150.268149.907157.347165.657185.773

Adjust chicken prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1999 * 1999 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Chicken was 101.815 in the year 1999 and 185.773 in 2022:

185.773 / 101.815 * $1.88 = $3.43

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $1.88 in 1999 has the same "purchasing power" as $3.43 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Chicken).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Chicken in 1997. In addition to chicken, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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