Food priced at $20 in 1966 $190.78 in 2023

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Prices for Food, 1966-2023 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for food are 853.92% higher in 2023 versus 1966 (a $170.78 difference in value).

Between 1966 and 2023: Food experienced an average inflation rate of 4.04% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, food costing $20 in the year 1966 would cost $190.78 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 4.00% during this same period, inflation for food was higher.

In the year 1966: Pricing changed by 5.07%, which is above the average yearly change for food during the 1966-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1966 (3%), inflation for food was higher.

Price Inflation for Food since 1913

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1917 (28.65%), 1921 (-24.20%), and 1947 (21.43%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1966

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Food, over time, for $20 beginning in 1966. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1966$20.005.07%
1967$20.150.75%
1968$20.883.61%
1969$21.955.14%
1970$23.195.64%
1971$23.872.94%
1972$24.904.31%
1973$28.5014.46%
1974$32.6114.40%
1975$35.378.49%
1976$36.463.07%
1977$38.766.30%
1978$42.639.98%
1979$47.2810.91%
1980$51.348.59%
1981$55.357.82%
1982$57.594.05%
1983$58.812.11%
1984$61.073.85%
1985$62.452.27%
1986$64.453.20%
1987$67.144.17%
1988$69.914.13%
1989$73.995.84%
1990$78.315.83%
1991$80.612.93%
1992$81.571.20%
1993$83.332.15%
1994$85.352.42%
1995$87.802.87%
1996$90.683.28%
1997$93.042.60%
1998$95.062.17%
1999$97.082.13%
2000$99.282.26%
2001$102.393.14%
2002$104.251.81%
2003$106.472.13%
2004$110.143.44%
2005$112.832.44%
2006$115.462.34%
2007$120.043.97%
2008$126.665.51%
2009$128.941.80%
2010$129.930.77%
2011$134.793.74%
2012$138.302.61%
2013$140.231.39%
2014$143.592.40%
2015$146.261.86%
2016$146.670.28%
2017$147.930.86%
2018$150.001.40%
2019$152.821.88%
2020$158.083.45%
2021$164.323.94%
2022$180.669.95%
2023$190.785.60%*

* 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 Food:

Year191319141915191619171918191919201921192219231924192519261927192819291930193119321933193419351936193719381939194019411942194319441945194619471948194919501951195219531954195519561957195819591960196119621963196419651966196719681969197019711972197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
CPI9.92310.15410.05411.27714.50816.70018.57720.97715.90014.89215.38515.23116.50017.04616.43116.24616.45415.64612.90010.72310.41511.60812.45412.56913.08512.13811.82311.98513.07715.38517.10016.87717.26219.81524.06226.08525.06225.39228.22328.72328.26928.23827.81528.02328.92330.16929.66230.01530.36230.63131.06931.47732.17733.80834.06235.29237.10839.20040.35442.09248.17755.11559.79261.63165.51572.05479.91586.77793.56297.35499.408103.231105.569108.946113.485118.177125.077132.369136.254137.892140.862144.277148.415153.285157.277160.685164.100167.815173.085176.215179.977186.177190.723195.177202.916214.106217.955219.625227.842233.777237.037242.725247.235247.931250.065253.558258.316267.219277.756305.388322.500

Adjust food prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 1966 * 1966 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Food was 33.808 in the year 1966 and 322.500 in 2023:

322.500 / 33.808 * $20 = $190.78

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1966 has the same "purchasing power" as $190.78 in 2023 (in the CPI category of Food).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Food in 1913. In addition to food, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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