Fish priced at $20 in 1987 $53.56 in 2024

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Prices for Fish, 1987-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for fish and seafood are 167.78% higher in 2024 versus 1987 (a $33.56 difference in value).

Between 1987 and 2024: Fish experienced an average inflation rate of 2.70% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, fish costing $20 in the year 1987 would cost $53.56 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.76% during this same period, inflation for fish was lower.

In the year 1987: Pricing changed by 10.65%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for fish during the 1987-2024 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%).

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Buying power of $20.00 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:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1987$20.0010.65%
1988$21.155.75%
1989$22.104.51%
1990$22.592.19%
1991$22.831.08%
1992$23.352.28%
1993$24.113.25%
1994$25.204.51%
1995$26.424.84%
1996$26.650.86%
1997$27.272.33%
1998$27.972.59%
1999$28.531.97%
2000$29.302.73%
2001$29.420.38%
2002$28.95-1.58%
2003$29.251.03%
2004$29.922.28%
2005$30.802.96%
2006$32.254.71%
2007$33.734.57%
2008$35.735.95%
2009$37.033.63%
2010$37.441.11%
2011$40.107.10%
2012$41.052.36%
2013$42.072.48%
2014$44.495.76%
2015$44.08-0.93%
2016$43.76-0.72%
2017$44.291.21%
2018$45.222.12%
2019$45.951.61%
2020$47.453.26%
2021$50.015.39%
2022$54.599.15%
2023$54.760.31%
2024$53.56-2.19%*

* 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 Fish and seafood:

Year193519361937193819391940194119421943194419451946194719481949195019511952195319541955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI6.1696.2006.3236.3626.3316.9547.81510.23812.96213.01513.62314.83117.03119.64619.73819.36922.12321.53820.74620.84620.40020.38520.67722.09222.50022.50022.99223.97723.93123.36924.06225.62326.49226.93828.40031.26934.49237.58543.15449.73153.84660.22366.66972.96280.08587.50894.78598.19299.308102.485107.546117.408129.915137.385143.585146.723148.308151.685156.615163.685171.608173.085177.123181.715185.300190.354191.077188.054189.992194.331200.085209.508219.087232.122240.556243.229260.493266.652273.256289.007286.308284.233287.676293.767298.493308.232324.857354.576355.683347.886

Adjust fish prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1987 * 1987 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Fish and seafood was 129.915 in the year 1987 and 347.886 in 2024:

347.886 / 129.915 * $20 = $53.56

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1987 has the same "purchasing power" as $53.56 in 2024 (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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