Other foods priced at $20 in 1981 $48.87 in 2019

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Prices for Other Foods, 1981-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for other foods were 144.35% higher in 2019 versus 1981 (a $28.87 difference in value).

Between 1981 and 2019: Other foods experienced an average inflation rate of 2.38% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, other foods costing $20 in the year 1981 would cost $48.87 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.76% during this same period, inflation for other foods was lower.

Price Inflation for Other foods since 1981

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1989 (6.37%), 2008 (5.24%), and 1982 (5.20%).

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

Year 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
CPI 92.183 96.975 100.008 103.042 106.375 109.175 113.808 117.992 125.508 131.167 137.125 140.125 143.725 147.492 151.083 156.217 161.225 165.500 168.867 172.225 176.042 177.133 178.758 179.700 182.467 184.950 188.244 198.111 205.497 204.554 209.289 216.604 217.693 219.861 223.433 224.082 224.357 224.665 225.248

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Buying power of $20 since 1981

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Other foods, over time, for $20 beginning in 1981. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1981 $20.00 -
1982 $21.04 5.20%
1983 $21.70 3.13%
1984 $22.36 3.03%
1985 $23.08 3.23%
1986 $23.69 2.63%
1987 $24.69 4.24%
1988 $25.60 3.68%
1989 $27.23 6.37%
1990 $28.46 4.51%
1991 $29.75 4.54%
1992 $30.40 2.19%
1993 $31.18 2.57%
1994 $32.00 2.62%
1995 $32.78 2.44%
1996 $33.89 3.40%
1997 $34.98 3.21%
1998 $35.91 2.65%
1999 $36.64 2.03%
2000 $37.37 1.99%
2001 $38.19 2.22%
2002 $38.43 0.62%
2003 $38.78 0.92%
2004 $38.99 0.53%
2005 $39.59 1.54%
2006 $40.13 1.36%
2007 $40.84 1.78%
2008 $42.98 5.24%
2009 $44.58 3.73%
2010 $44.38 -0.46%
2011 $45.41 2.31%
2012 $46.99 3.50%
2013 $47.23 0.50%
2014 $47.70 1.00%
2015 $48.48 1.62%
2016 $48.62 0.29%
2017 $48.68 0.12%
2018 $48.74 0.14%
2019 $48.87 0.26%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for other foods, 1981-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1981 * 1981 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Other foods was 92.183 in the year 1981 and 225.248 in 2019:

225.248 / 92.183 * $20 = $48.87

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1981 has the same "purchasing power" as $48.87 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Other foods).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Other foods in 1981. In addition to other foods, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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