Fresh whole milk priced at $20 in 1982 $50.42 in 2024

Fresh Whole Milk Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Fresh Whole Milk, 1982-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for fresh whole milk are 152.08% higher in 2024 versus 1982 (a $30.42 difference in value).

Between 1982 and 2024: Fresh whole milk experienced an average inflation rate of 2.23% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, fresh whole milk costing $20 in the year 1982 would cost $50.42 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.83% during this same period, inflation for fresh whole milk was lower.

In the year 1982: Pricing changed by 0.54%, which is below the average yearly change for fresh whole milk during the 1982-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1982 (6.13%), inflation for fresh whole milk was much lower.

Price Inflation for Fresh whole milk since 1939

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1974 (19.81%), 2009 (-15.68%), and 1946 (14.88%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1982

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Fresh whole milk, over time, for $20 beginning in 1982. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1982$20.000.54%
1983$20.130.67%
1984$20.290.75%
1985$20.601.57%
1986$20.48-0.58%
1987$20.871.90%
1988$21.362.32%
1989$23.017.76%
1990$25.5110.85%
1991$24.65-3.38%
1992$25.463.30%
1993$25.761.16%
1994$26.422.56%
1995$26.41-0.04%
1996$28.427.61%
1997$28.781.26%
1998$29.793.53%
1999$31.465.61%
2000$31.610.45%
2001$33.415.70%
2002$32.65-2.26%
2003$32.720.22%
2004$36.9312.85%
2005$37.250.85%
2006$36.57-1.81%
2007$41.3713.11%
2008$43.755.76%
2009$36.89-15.68%
2010$38.504.37%
2011$42.209.60%
2012$42.550.83%
2013$43.241.62%
2014$45.876.08%
2015$42.92-6.44%
2016$40.91-4.67%
2017$40.48-1.06%
2018$39.40-2.65%
2019$40.382.48%
2020$42.826.05%
2021$44.995.06%
2022$51.2613.94%
2023$50.88-0.75%
2024$50.42-0.91%*

* 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 whole milk:

Year19391940194119421943194419451946194719481949195019511952195319541955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI18.53819.11520.84622.51523.85424.16924.20027.80031.10834.66233.16932.23835.76237.52337.09236.33136.37737.46938.79239.51539.90040.84640.99240.80040.58540.72340.51543.10844.82346.71548.00850.03851.41552.15457.08568.39268.48572.06972.80077.01585.85493.48598.76999.30099.969100.723102.300101.708103.638106.038114.269126.669122.392126.431127.892131.162131.115141.092142.877147.923156.223156.923165.869162.115162.477183.362184.923181.585205.397217.220183.170191.173209.530211.266214.683227.740213.082203.133200.974195.638200.491212.621223.383254.519252.607250.311

Adjust fresh whole milk prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1982 * 1982 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Fresh whole milk was 99.300 in the year 1982 and 250.311 in 2024:

250.311 / 99.300 * $20 = $50.42

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1982 has the same "purchasing power" as $50.42 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Fresh whole milk).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Fresh whole milk in 1939. In addition to fresh whole milk, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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