Fresh vegetables priced at $20 in 1952 $255.33 in 2020

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Prices for Fresh Vegetables, 1952-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for fresh vegetables were 1,176.63% higher in 2020 versus 1952 (a $235.33 difference in value).

Between 1952 and 2020: Fresh vegetables experienced an average inflation rate of 3.82% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, fresh vegetables costing $20 in the year 1952 would cost $255.33 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.40% during this same period, inflation for fresh vegetables was higher.

In the year 1952: Pricing changed by 19.88%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for fresh vegetables during the 1952-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1952 (2.25%), inflation for fresh vegetables was much higher.

Price Inflation for Fresh vegetables since 1947

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1973 (21.67%), 1952 (19.88%), and 1981 (17.99%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Fresh vegetables:

Year 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 19.000 20.667 20.592 19.633 22.592 27.083 23.458 22.375 23.708 25.758 25.108 26.533 26.308 27.058 25.550 26.833 27.150 30.708 32.775 32.875 32.633 34.783 36.775 39.375 40.433 43.042 52.367 56.067 55.767 58.217 65.250 70.550 72.667 79.475 93.775 93.925 97.917 108.017 103.358 107.767 121.700 129.258 143.292 150.875 154.308 157.967 168.475 172.408 192.975 189.000 194.525 215.708 209.317 219.475 230.633 245.333 250.517 261.092 271.783 284.383 293.515 310.006 299.350 305.460 322.436 305.956 320.425 316.337 321.355 321.355 321.178 324.733 337.104 345.755

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Buying power of $20 since 1952

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Fresh vegetables, over time, for $20 beginning in 1952. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1952 $20.00 19.88%
1953 $17.32 -13.38%
1954 $16.52 -4.62%
1955 $17.51 5.96%
1956 $19.02 8.65%
1957 $18.54 -2.52%
1958 $19.59 5.68%
1959 $19.43 -0.85%
1960 $19.98 2.85%
1961 $18.87 -5.57%
1962 $19.82 5.02%
1963 $20.05 1.18%
1964 $22.68 13.11%
1965 $24.20 6.73%
1966 $24.28 0.31%
1967 $24.10 -0.74%
1968 $25.69 6.59%
1969 $27.16 5.73%
1970 $29.08 7.07%
1971 $29.86 2.69%
1972 $31.78 6.45%
1973 $38.67 21.67%
1974 $41.40 7.07%
1975 $41.18 -0.54%
1976 $42.99 4.39%
1977 $48.18 12.08%
1978 $52.10 8.12%
1979 $53.66 3.00%
1980 $58.69 9.37%
1981 $69.25 17.99%
1982 $69.36 0.16%
1983 $72.31 4.25%
1984 $79.77 10.31%
1985 $76.33 -4.31%
1986 $79.58 4.27%
1987 $89.87 12.93%
1988 $95.45 6.21%
1989 $105.82 10.86%
1990 $111.42 5.29%
1991 $113.95 2.28%
1992 $116.65 2.37%
1993 $124.41 6.65%
1994 $127.32 2.33%
1995 $142.50 11.93%
1996 $139.57 -2.06%
1997 $143.65 2.92%
1998 $159.29 10.89%
1999 $154.57 -2.96%
2000 $162.07 4.85%
2001 $170.31 5.08%
2002 $181.17 6.37%
2003 $185.00 2.11%
2004 $192.81 4.22%
2005 $200.70 4.09%
2006 $210.01 4.64%
2007 $216.75 3.21%
2008 $228.93 5.62%
2009 $221.06 -3.44%
2010 $225.57 2.04%
2011 $238.11 5.56%
2012 $225.94 -5.11%
2013 $236.62 4.73%
2014 $233.60 -1.28%
2015 $237.31 1.59%
2016 $237.31 0.00%
2017 $237.18 -0.06%
2018 $239.80 1.11%
2019 $248.94 3.81%
2020 $255.33 2.57%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for fresh vegetables, 1952-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Fresh vegetables was 27.083 in the year 1952 and 345.755 in 2020:

345.755 / 27.083 * $20 = $255.33

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" as $255.33 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Fresh vegetables).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Fresh vegetables in 1947. In addition to fresh vegetables, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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