Ham priced at $20 in 1978 $47.56 in 2020

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Prices for Ham, 1978-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for ham were 137.81% higher in 2020 versus 1978 (a $27.56 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2020: Ham experienced an average inflation rate of 2.08% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, ham costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $47.56 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.33% during this same period, inflation for ham was lower.

Price Inflation for Ham since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1990 (12.85%), 1982 (10.88%), and 1987 (7.80%).

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

Year 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 87.023 88.162 85.485 90.762 100.638 100.969 98.377 99.792 107.408 115.785 116.469 117.308 132.385 139.908 135.577 137.869 139.338 139.608 149.169 156.338 149.992 147.015 152.731 157.323 159.992 161.908 165.962 175.915 175.769 177.557 182.700 182.013 188.430 200.627 202.600 204.695 220.332 215.633 202.259 201.745 199.538 204.777 206.951

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Buying power of $20 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Ham, over time, for $20 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1978 $20.00 -
1979 $20.26 1.31%
1980 $19.65 -3.04%
1981 $20.86 6.17%
1982 $23.13 10.88%
1983 $23.21 0.33%
1984 $22.61 -2.57%
1985 $22.93 1.44%
1986 $24.68 7.63%
1987 $26.61 7.80%
1988 $26.77 0.59%
1989 $26.96 0.72%
1990 $30.43 12.85%
1991 $32.15 5.68%
1992 $31.16 -3.10%
1993 $31.69 1.69%
1994 $32.02 1.07%
1995 $32.09 0.19%
1996 $34.28 6.85%
1997 $35.93 4.81%
1998 $34.47 -4.06%
1999 $33.79 -1.98%
2000 $35.10 3.89%
2001 $36.16 3.01%
2002 $36.77 1.70%
2003 $37.21 1.20%
2004 $38.14 2.50%
2005 $40.43 6.00%
2006 $40.40 -0.08%
2007 $40.81 1.02%
2008 $41.99 2.90%
2009 $41.83 -0.38%
2010 $43.31 3.53%
2011 $46.11 6.47%
2012 $46.56 0.98%
2013 $47.04 1.03%
2014 $50.64 7.64%
2015 $49.56 -2.13%
2016 $46.48 -6.20%
2017 $46.37 -0.25%
2018 $45.86 -1.09%
2019 $47.06 2.63%
2020 $47.56 1.06%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for ham, 1978-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Ham was 87.023 in the year 1978 and 206.951 in 2020:

206.951 / 87.023 * $20 = $47.56

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $47.56 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Ham).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Ham in 1978. In addition to ham, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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