Roasted coffee priced at $20 in 1939 $469.62 in 2021

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Prices for Roasted Coffee, 1939-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for roasted coffee were 2,248.12% higher in 2021 versus 1939 (a $449.62 difference in value).

Between 1939 and 2021: Roasted coffee experienced an average inflation rate of 3.92% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, roasted coffee costing $20 in the year 1939 would cost $469.62 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.66% during this same period, inflation for roasted coffee was higher.

Price Inflation for Roasted coffee since 1939

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1977 (85.27%), 1950 (43.34%), and 1976 (40.80%).

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

Year 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 2021
CPI 8.708 8.292 9.231 11.108 11.277 11.200 11.254 12.708 17.277 18.931 20.392 29.231 31.908 31.915 32.723 40.608 34.077 36.223 35.377 31.369 26.346 25.785 25.331 24.454 24.008 28.777 29.400 28.885 27.415 27.069 27.146 32.623 33.408 32.738 37.023 44.008 47.431 66.785 123.731 112.192 105.708 116.931 96.900 99.731 98.354 101.900 103.585 135.615 113.692 112.977 120.777 116.900 113.762 108.715 107.608 142.915 167.738 149.554 176.323 171.030 158.000 160.300 148.900 142.762 145.854 146.454 165.600 169.238 179.704 192.302 191.137 192.496 223.977 227.613 212.528 207.924 214.430 208.098 207.853 203.468 200.988 202.462 204.467

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Buying power of $20 since 1939

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Roasted coffee, over time, for $20 beginning in 1939. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1939 $20.00 -
1940 $19.05 -4.77%
1941 $21.20 11.32%
1942 $25.51 20.33%
1943 $25.90 1.52%
1944 $25.72 -0.68%
1945 $25.85 0.48%
1946 $29.19 12.92%
1947 $39.68 35.96%
1948 $43.48 9.57%
1949 $46.84 7.72%
1950 $67.14 43.34%
1951 $73.29 9.16%
1952 $73.30 0.02%
1953 $75.16 2.53%
1954 $93.27 24.09%
1955 $78.27 -16.08%
1956 $83.20 6.30%
1957 $81.25 -2.34%
1958 $72.05 -11.33%
1959 $60.51 -16.01%
1960 $59.22 -2.13%
1961 $58.18 -1.76%
1962 $56.17 -3.46%
1963 $55.14 -1.82%
1964 $66.10 19.87%
1965 $67.53 2.17%
1966 $66.34 -1.75%
1967 $62.97 -5.09%
1968 $62.17 -1.26%
1969 $62.35 0.28%
1970 $74.93 20.18%
1971 $76.73 2.41%
1972 $75.19 -2.00%
1973 $85.04 13.09%
1974 $101.08 18.87%
1975 $108.94 7.78%
1976 $153.39 40.80%
1977 $284.19 85.27%
1978 $257.69 -9.33%
1979 $242.79 -5.78%
1980 $268.57 10.62%
1981 $222.56 -17.13%
1982 $229.06 2.92%
1983 $225.90 -1.38%
1984 $234.05 3.61%
1985 $237.92 1.65%
1986 $311.48 30.92%
1987 $261.13 -16.17%
1988 $259.49 -0.63%
1989 $277.40 6.90%
1990 $268.50 -3.21%
1991 $261.29 -2.68%
1992 $249.70 -4.44%
1993 $247.16 -1.02%
1994 $328.25 32.81%
1995 $385.27 17.37%
1996 $343.50 -10.84%
1997 $404.98 17.90%
1998 $392.83 -3.00%
1999 $362.90 -7.62%
2000 $368.18 1.46%
2001 $342.00 -7.11%
2002 $327.90 -4.12%
2003 $335.00 2.17%
2004 $336.38 0.41%
2005 $380.35 13.07%
2006 $388.71 2.20%
2007 $412.75 6.18%
2008 $441.68 7.01%
2009 $439.01 -0.61%
2010 $442.13 0.71%
2011 $514.43 16.35%
2012 $522.79 1.62%
2013 $488.14 -6.63%
2014 $477.56 -2.17%
2015 $492.51 3.13%
2016 $477.96 -2.95%
2017 $477.40 -0.12%
2018 $467.33 -2.11%
2019 $461.63 -1.22%
2020 $465.02 0.73%
2021 $469.62 0.99%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for roasted coffee, 1939-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1939 * 1939 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Roasted coffee was 8.708 in the year 1939 and 204.467 in 2021:

204.467 / 8.708 * $20 = $469.62

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1939 has the same "purchasing power" as $469.62 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Roasted coffee).


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

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