Fresh vegetables priced at $0.76 in 1987 $2.36 in 2023

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Prices for Fresh Vegetables, 1987-2023 ($0.76)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for fresh vegetables are 210.94% higher in 2023 versus 1987 (a $1.60 difference in value).

The current national average price is $0.76 for "Carrots, short trimmed and topped, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1987 and 2023: Fresh vegetables experienced an average inflation rate of 3.20% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, fresh vegetables costing $0.76 in the year 1987 would cost $2.36 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.77% during this same period, inflation for fresh vegetables was higher.

In the year 1987: Pricing changed by 12.85%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for fresh vegetables during the 1987-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1987 (3.66%), 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 (22.13%), 1952 (20.12%), and 1981 (18.64%).

Price history

The average price for Fresh vegetables is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Carrots, short trimmed and topped, per lb. (453.6 gm):

YearAverage price (Fresh vegetables)Inflation adjusted price (2023 dollars)
2014$0.76$0.76
2013$0.75$0.74
2012$0.76$0.78
2011$0.76$0.74
2010$0.79$0.82
2009$0.79$0.84
2008$0.79$0.81
2007$0.77$0.83
2006$0.56$0.62
2005$0.56$0.65
2004$0.56$0.68
2003$0.56$0.71
2002$0.56$0.72
2001$0.56$0.77
2000$0.56$0.81
1999$0.56$0.85
1998$0.56$0.82
1997$0.51$0.83
1996$0.51$0.86
1995$0.53$0.87
1994$0.44$0.81
1993$0.43$0.81
1992$0.47$0.93
1991$0.45$0.92
1990$0.39$0.81
1989$0.40$0.88
1988$0.38$0.93
1987$0.36$0.93
1986$0.38$1.12
1985$0.36$1.10
1984$0.39$1.15
1983$0.37$1.19
1982$0.36$1.20
1981$0.37$1.24
1980$0.33$1.33

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Buying power of $0.76 since 1987

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Fresh vegetables, over time, for $0.76 beginning in 1987. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1987$0.7612.85%
1988$0.816.33%
1989$0.8910.70%
1990$0.945.61%
1991$0.972.14%
1992$0.992.31%
1993$1.056.65%
1994$1.082.30%
1995$1.2112.06%
1996$1.18-2.01%
1997$1.222.83%
1998$1.3510.90%
1999$1.31-3.02%
2000$1.374.84%
2001$1.445.11%
2002$1.536.41%
2003$1.572.08%
2004$1.634.27%
2005$1.704.03%
2006$1.784.63%
2007$1.833.22%
2008$1.945.57%
2009$1.87-3.38%
2010$1.912.04%
2011$2.025.58%
2012$1.91-5.09%
2013$2.004.70%
2014$1.98-1.30%
2015$2.011.61%
2016$2.010.01%
2017$2.01-0.11%
2018$2.031.13%
2019$2.113.80%
2020$2.162.58%
2021$2.191.13%
2022$2.347.01%
2023$2.361.01%*

* 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 Fresh vegetables:

Year19471948194919501951195219531954195519561957195819591960196119621963196419651966196719681969197019711972197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
CPI18.90820.69220.51519.66222.55427.09223.48522.33123.71525.83125.08526.62326.26227.06925.56926.83827.13130.65432.90032.83132.60834.76936.74639.40040.40842.89252.38556.17755.55458.03865.33870.52372.56278.99293.71594.18597.600108.215103.515107.723121.569129.262143.092151.123154.362157.931168.431172.308193.092189.215194.577215.785209.277219.400230.615245.408250.508261.215271.738284.323293.468309.810299.349305.469322.528306.121320.501316.325321.414321.462321.122324.747337.099345.784349.708374.226378.009

Adjust fresh vegetables prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 1987 * 1987 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Fresh vegetables was 121.569 in the year 1987 and 378.009 in 2023:

378.009 / 121.569 * $0.76 = $2.36

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $0.76 in 1987 has the same "purchasing power" as $2.36 in 2023 (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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