Poultry priced at $2 in 1969 $8.66 in 2019

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Prices for Poultry, 1969-2019 ($2)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for poultry were 332.94% higher in 2019 versus 1969 (a $6.66 difference in value).

The current national average price is $2.38 for "Chicken breast, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1969 and 2019: Poultry experienced an average inflation rate of 2.97% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, poultry costing $2 in the year 1969 would cost $8.66 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.96% during this same period, inflation for poultry was lower.

In the year 1969: Pricing changed by 5.64%, which is above the average yearly change for poultry during the 1969-2019 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1969 (5.46%), inflation for poultry was higher.

Price Inflation for Poultry since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1973 (40.25%), 1942 (20.12%), and 1943 (19.11%).

Price history

The average price for Poultry 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 Chicken breast, bone-in, per lb. (453.6 gm):

YearAverage price (Poultry)Inflation adjusted price (2024 dollars)
2011$2.28$2.28
2010$2.30$2.37
2009$2.33$2.39
2008$2.36$2.46
2007$2.28$2.50
2006$2.13$2.45
2005$2.26$2.56
2004$2.26$2.61
2003$2.26$2.81
2002$2.21$2.78
2001$2.08$2.65
2000$2.09$2.75
1999$2.08$2.76
1998$2.06$2.75
1997$2.04$2.73
1996$2.03$2.80
1995$1.98$2.90
1994$2.06$3.06
1993$2.08$3.19
1992$2.04$3.25
1991$2.06$3.29
1990$2.07$3.28
1989$2.09$3.31
1988$1.93$3.36
1987$1.80$3.36
1986$1.85$3.40
1985$1.66$3.28
1984$1.70$3.33
1983$1.52$3.28
1982$1.48$3.25
1981$1.49$3.20
1980$1.37$3.07

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Buying power of $2.00 since 1969

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Poultry, over time, for $2 beginning in 1969. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1969$2.005.64%
1970$1.99-0.47%
1971$2.000.58%
1972$2.031.26%
1973$2.8440.25%
1974$2.70-5.14%
1975$2.9810.53%
1976$2.86-4.07%
1977$2.880.63%
1978$3.1710.32%
1979$3.334.98%
1980$3.505.11%
1981$3.654.10%
1982$3.58-1.75%
1983$3.631.21%
1984$4.0110.65%
1985$3.97-0.98%
1986$4.277.57%
1987$4.21-1.47%
1988$4.527.22%
1989$4.969.91%
1990$4.96-0.14%
1991$4.92-0.76%
1992$4.92-0.05%
1993$5.124.20%
1994$5.293.36%
1995$5.371.36%
1996$5.706.24%
1997$5.862.76%
1998$5.880.32%
1999$5.910.49%
2000$5.981.21%
2001$6.173.16%
2002$6.251.32%
2003$6.321.22%
2004$6.807.46%
2005$6.931.96%
2006$6.81-1.77%
2007$7.165.15%
2008$7.514.99%
2009$7.641.65%
2010$7.63-0.12%
2011$7.852.91%
2012$8.285.46%
2013$8.674.68%
2014$8.841.97%
2015$8.870.40%
2016$8.64-2.66%
2017$8.650.17%
2018$8.680.32%
2019$8.66-0.25%
2020$9.145.60%
2021$9.615.11%
2022$11.0114.58%
2023$11.353.10%
2024$11.420.55%*

* 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 Poultry:

Year193519361937193819391940194119421943194419451946194719481949195019511952195319541955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI36.26938.39239.87739.73835.62336.00038.77746.57755.47757.32358.66966.05469.56977.13872.73169.60872.95473.21571.40064.43167.09258.78557.36956.65451.63852.47747.39250.06949.33148.23849.71552.40849.07750.61553.46953.21553.52354.20076.01572.10879.70076.45476.93884.87789.10093.65497.49295.78596.946107.269106.223114.262112.577120.708132.669132.477131.469131.408136.931141.538143.469152.423156.631157.138157.908159.815164.862167.038169.085181.700185.262181.985191.360200.901204.220203.978209.916221.381231.744236.314237.251230.941231.332232.077231.492244.446256.929294.380303.518305.187

Adjust poultry prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1969 * 1969 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Poultry was 53.469 in the year 1969 and 231.492 in 2019:

231.492 / 53.469 * $2 = $8.66

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $2 in 1969 has the same "purchasing power" as $8.66 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Poultry).


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

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