Food priced at $687.41 in 2009 $876.02 in 2021

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Prices for Food, 2009-2021 ($687.41)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for food were 27.44% higher in 2021 versus 2009 (a $188.61 difference in value).

Between 2009 and 2021: Food experienced an average inflation rate of 2.04% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, food costing $687.41 in the year 2009 would cost $876.02 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.97% during this same period, inflation for food was higher.

In the year 2009: Pricing changed by 1.80%, which is below the average yearly change for food during the 2009-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2009 (-0.36%), 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 $687.41 since 2009

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Food, over time, for $687.41 beginning in 2009. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate

* 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:


Adjust food prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 2009 * 2009 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Food was 217.955 in the year 2009 and 277.756 in 2021:

277.756 / 217.955 * $687.41 = $876.02

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $687.41 in 2009 has the same "purchasing power" as $876.02 in 2021 (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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