Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home priced at $14.48 in 1978 $34.46 in 2022

Distilled Spirits, Excluding Whiskey, At Home Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Distilled Spirits, Excluding Whiskey, At Home, 1978-2022 ($14.48)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home are 137.98% higher in 2022 versus 1978 (a $19.98 difference in value).

The current national average price is $14.48 for "Vodka, all types, all sizes, any origin, per 1 liter (33.8 oz)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1978 and 2022: Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home experienced an average inflation rate of 1.99% per year. In other words, distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home costing $14.48 in the year 1978 would cost $34.46 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.45% during this same period, inflation for distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home was lower.

In the year 1978: Pricing changed by 2.08%, which is above the average yearly change for distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home during the 1978-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1978 (7.63%), inflation for distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home was much lower.

Price Inflation for Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1991 (11.36%), 1986 (8.58%), and 1981 (5.51%).

Price history

The average price for Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home 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 Vodka, all types, all sizes, any origin, per 1 liter (33.8 oz):

YearAverage price (Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
2020$14.24$14.24
2019$14.88$15.08
2018$14.88$15.25
2017$14.88$15.33
2016$13.53$13.92
2015$13.53$13.97
2014$15.37$15.92
2013$15.37$15.87
2012$15.37$15.99
2011$14.64$15.21
2010$10.02$10.43
2009$10.02$10.42
2008$10.02$10.59
2007$10.02$10.80
2006$10.02$10.83
2005$10.02$10.90
2004$10.02$10.97
2003$10.02$11.10
2002$10.02$11.13
2001$10.02$11.30
2000$9.79$11.52
1999$9.41$11.58
1998$9.00$11.34
1997$9.47$12.09
1996$9.10$11.89
1995$9.11$12.05

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Buying power of $14.48 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home, over time, for $14.48 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1978$14.482.08%
1979$14.943.18%
1980$15.584.29%
1981$16.445.51%
1982$16.922.90%
1983$17.251.97%
1984$17.410.93%
1985$18.204.51%
1986$19.768.58%
1987$19.900.73%
1988$20.231.62%
1989$20.903.34%
1990$21.824.40%
1991$24.3011.36%
1992$24.731.78%
1993$24.880.60%
1994$24.940.24%
1995$25.010.29%
1996$25.291.09%
1997$25.892.40%
1998$26.241.35%
1999$26.872.38%
2000$28.084.51%
2001$29.304.34%
2002$29.751.54%
2003$29.850.33%
2004$30.211.19%
2005$30.400.64%
2006$30.600.65%
2007$30.660.21%
2008$31.282.02%
2009$31.791.62%
2010$31.76-0.10%
2011$31.830.24%
2012$31.77-0.20%
2013$32.000.72%
2014$31.91-0.29%
2015$32.010.32%
2016$32.120.34%
2017$32.10-0.06%
2018$32.250.47%
2019$32.621.16%
2020$33.061.34%
2021$34.223.52%
2022$34.460.69%*

* 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 Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home:

Year1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI82.50084.21586.89290.62395.61598.392100.331101.262105.831114.915115.754117.631121.562126.915141.338143.854144.715145.069145.485147.069150.592152.631156.269163.323170.408173.038173.608175.677176.800177.954178.321181.922184.875184.690185.130184.765186.103185.571186.170186.806186.690187.567189.738192.273199.044200.414

Adjust distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home was 84.215 in the year 1978 and 200.414 in 2022:

200.414 / 84.215 * $14.48 = $34.46

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $14.48 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $34.46 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home in 1977. In addition to distilled spirits, excluding whiskey, at home, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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