Pork priced at $20 in 1986 $42.21 in 2020

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Prices for Pork, 1986-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for pork were 111.05% higher in 2020 versus 1986 (a $22.21 difference in value).

Between 1986 and 2020: Pork experienced an average inflation rate of 2.22% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, pork costing $20 in the year 1986 would cost $42.21 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.56% during this same period, inflation for pork was lower.

In the year 1986: Pricing changed by 8.17%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for pork during the 1986-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1986 (1.90%), inflation for pork was much higher.

Price Inflation for Pork since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (45.67%), 1973 (32.94%), and 1946 (31.63%).

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

Year 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 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 15.423 15.231 15.700 14.185 13.085 11.823 14.738 17.715 17.662 16.515 16.585 21.831 31.800 32.785 30.300 29.923 31.762 31.415 34.954 36.023 31.008 29.446 33.954 36.192 32.192 31.985 33.508 33.792 32.938 32.769 37.300 42.646 39.169 39.208 42.700 45.354 41.100 47.615 63.300 63.031 77.108 78.092 73.923 83.415 84.715 81.877 89.469 101.031 100.115 98.838 99.077 107.169 115.946 112.462 113.177 129.785 134.115 127.815 131.662 133.877 134.823 148.177 155.892 148.454 145.885 156.508 162.392 161.785 164.862 174.223 177.731 177.285 180.912 185.034 181.366 189.957 206.053 206.612 208.557 227.634 218.726 209.863 211.070 210.187 212.681 226.179

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Buying power of $20 since 1986

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Pork, over time, for $20 beginning in 1986. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1986 $20.00 8.17%
1987 $21.64 8.19%
1988 $20.99 -3.01%
1989 $21.12 0.64%
1990 $24.22 14.67%
1991 $25.03 3.34%
1992 $23.85 -4.70%
1993 $24.57 3.01%
1994 $24.98 1.68%
1995 $25.16 0.71%
1996 $27.65 9.90%
1997 $29.09 5.21%
1998 $27.70 -4.77%
1999 $27.23 -1.73%
2000 $29.21 7.28%
2001 $30.31 3.76%
2002 $30.19 -0.37%
2003 $30.77 1.90%
2004 $32.51 5.68%
2005 $33.17 2.01%
2006 $33.08 -0.25%
2007 $33.76 2.05%
2008 $34.53 2.28%
2009 $33.85 -1.98%
2010 $35.45 4.74%
2011 $38.45 8.47%
2012 $38.56 0.27%
2013 $38.92 0.94%
2014 $42.48 9.15%
2015 $40.82 -3.91%
2016 $39.16 -4.05%
2017 $39.39 0.58%
2018 $39.23 -0.42%
2019 $39.69 1.19%
2020 $42.21 6.35%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for pork, 1986-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1986 * 1986 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Pork was 107.169 in the year 1986 and 226.179 in 2020:

226.179 / 107.169 * $20 = $42.21

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1986 has the same "purchasing power" as $42.21 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Pork).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Pork in 1935. In addition to pork, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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