Fish priced at $20 in 1987 $47.45 in 2020

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Prices for Fish, 1987-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for fish and seafood were 137.26% higher in 2020 versus 1987 (a $27.45 difference in value).

Between 1987 and 2020: Fish experienced an average inflation rate of 2.65% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, fish costing $20 in the year 1987 would cost $47.45 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.53% during this same period, inflation for fish was higher.

In the year 1987: Pricing changed by 10.65%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for fish during the 1987-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1987 (3.66%), inflation for fish was much higher.

Price Inflation for Fish and seafood since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1942 (31%), 1943 (26.60%), and 1948 (15.36%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Fish and seafood:

Year 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 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 6.169 6.200 6.323 6.362 6.331 6.954 7.815 10.238 12.962 13.015 13.623 14.831 17.031 19.646 19.738 19.369 22.123 21.538 20.746 20.846 20.400 20.385 20.677 22.092 22.500 22.500 22.992 23.977 23.931 23.369 24.062 25.623 26.492 26.938 28.400 31.269 34.492 37.585 43.154 49.731 53.846 60.223 66.669 72.962 80.085 87.508 94.785 98.192 99.308 102.485 107.546 117.408 129.915 137.385 143.585 146.723 148.308 151.685 156.615 163.685 171.608 173.085 177.123 181.715 185.300 190.354 191.077 188.054 189.992 194.331 200.085 209.508 219.087 232.122 240.556 243.229 260.493 266.652 273.256 289.007 286.308 284.233 287.676 293.767 298.493 308.232

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Buying power of $20 since 1987

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Fish, over time, for $20 beginning in 1987. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1987 $20.00 10.65%
1988 $21.15 5.75%
1989 $22.10 4.51%
1990 $22.59 2.19%
1991 $22.83 1.08%
1992 $23.35 2.28%
1993 $24.11 3.25%
1994 $25.20 4.51%
1995 $26.42 4.84%
1996 $26.65 0.86%
1997 $27.27 2.33%
1998 $27.97 2.59%
1999 $28.53 1.97%
2000 $29.30 2.73%
2001 $29.42 0.38%
2002 $28.95 -1.58%
2003 $29.25 1.03%
2004 $29.92 2.28%
2005 $30.80 2.96%
2006 $32.25 4.71%
2007 $33.73 4.57%
2008 $35.73 5.95%
2009 $37.03 3.63%
2010 $37.44 1.11%
2011 $40.10 7.10%
2012 $41.05 2.36%
2013 $42.07 2.48%
2014 $44.49 5.76%
2015 $44.08 -0.93%
2016 $43.76 -0.72%
2017 $44.29 1.21%
2018 $45.22 2.12%
2019 $45.95 1.61%
2020 $47.45 3.26%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for fish, 1987-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1987 * 1987 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Fish and seafood was 129.915 in the year 1987 and 308.232 in 2020:

308.232 / 129.915 * $20 = $47.45

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1987 has the same "purchasing power" as $47.45 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Fish and seafood).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Fish and seafood in 1935. In addition to fish, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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