Chicken priced at $1.93 in 2021 $2.25 in 2023

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Prices for Chicken, 2021-2023 ($1.93)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for chicken are 16.77% higher in 2023 versus 2021 (a $0.32 difference in value).

The current national average price is $1.93 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 2021 and 2023: Chicken experienced an average inflation rate of 8.06% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, chicken costing $1.93 in the year 2021 would cost $2.25 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 5.97% during this same period, inflation for chicken was higher.

In the year 2021: Pricing changed by 5.28%, which is below the average yearly change for chicken during the 2021-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2021 (4.70%), inflation for chicken was higher.

Price Inflation for Chicken since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2022 (14.82%), 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 (2023 dollars)
2023$1.93 (latest available value)$1.93
2022$1.80$1.83
2021$1.53$1.78
2020$1.56$1.92
2019$1.50$1.93
2018$1.50$1.93
2017$1.47$1.92
2016$1.46$1.92
2015$1.49$1.89
2014$1.53$1.96
2013$1.50$1.95
2012$1.42$1.95
2011$1.29$1.86
2010$1.26$1.85
2009$1.28$1.86
2008$1.21$1.79
2007$1.12$1.73
2006$1.05$1.73
2005$1.06$1.69
2004$1.07$1.75
2003$1.03$1.84
2002$1.07$1.93
2001$1.11$2.03
2000$1.07$2.02
1999$1.06$2.01
1998$1.04$1.99
1997$1.00$1.94
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 $1.93 since 2021

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Chicken, over time, for $1.93 beginning in 2021. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2021$1.935.28%
2022$2.2214.82%
2023$2.251.70%*

* 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 Chicken:

Year199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
CPI100.000101.385101.815102.454105.508107.569108.877118.169120.592117.600124.363130.727132.622131.821134.250140.754148.246151.667152.141147.513148.556150.268149.907157.347165.657190.212193.442

Adjust chicken prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 2021 * 2021 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Chicken was 165.657 in the year 2021 and 193.442 in 2023:

193.442 / 165.657 * $1.93 = $2.25

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $1.93 in 2021 has the same "purchasing power" as $2.25 in 2023 (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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