Roasted coffee priced at $20 in 1939 $548.55 in 2022

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Prices for Roasted Coffee, 1939-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for roasted coffee are 2,642.73% higher in 2022 versus 1939 (a $528.55 difference in value).

Between 1939 and 2022: Roasted coffee experienced an average inflation rate of 4.07% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, roasted coffee costing $20 in the year 1939 would cost $548.55 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.73% 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%).

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Buying power of $20.00 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:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1939$20.00-
1940$19.05-4.77%
1941$21.2011.32%
1942$25.5120.33%
1943$25.901.52%
1944$25.72-0.68%
1945$25.850.48%
1946$29.1912.92%
1947$39.6835.96%
1948$43.489.57%
1949$46.847.72%
1950$67.1443.34%
1951$73.299.16%
1952$73.300.02%
1953$75.162.53%
1954$93.2724.09%
1955$78.27-16.08%
1956$83.206.30%
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$66.1019.87%
1965$67.532.17%
1966$66.34-1.75%
1967$62.97-5.09%
1968$62.17-1.26%
1969$62.350.28%
1970$74.9320.18%
1971$76.732.41%
1972$75.19-2.00%
1973$85.0413.09%
1974$101.0818.87%
1975$108.947.78%
1976$153.3940.80%
1977$284.1985.27%
1978$257.69-9.33%
1979$242.79-5.78%
1980$268.5710.62%
1981$222.56-17.13%
1982$229.062.92%
1983$225.90-1.38%
1984$234.053.61%
1985$237.921.65%
1986$311.4830.92%
1987$261.13-16.17%
1988$259.49-0.63%
1989$277.406.90%
1990$268.50-3.21%
1991$261.29-2.68%
1992$249.70-4.44%
1993$247.16-1.02%
1994$328.2532.81%
1995$385.2717.37%
1996$343.50-10.84%
1997$404.9817.90%
1998$392.83-3.00%
1999$362.90-7.62%
2000$368.181.46%
2001$342.00-7.11%
2002$327.90-4.12%
2003$335.002.17%
2004$336.380.41%
2005$380.3513.07%
2006$388.712.20%
2007$412.756.18%
2008$441.687.01%
2009$439.01-0.61%
2010$442.130.71%
2011$514.4316.35%
2012$522.791.62%
2013$488.14-6.63%
2014$477.56-2.17%
2015$492.513.13%
2016$477.96-2.95%
2017$477.40-0.12%
2018$467.33-2.11%
2019$461.63-1.22%
2020$465.020.73%
2021$479.353.08%
2022$548.5514.44%*

* 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 Roasted coffee:

Year193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI8.7088.2929.23111.10811.27711.20011.25412.70817.27718.93120.39229.23131.90831.91532.72340.60834.07736.22335.37731.36926.34625.78525.33124.45424.00828.77729.40028.88527.41527.06927.14632.62333.40832.73837.02344.00847.43166.785123.731112.192105.708116.93196.90099.73198.354101.900103.585135.615113.692112.977120.777116.900113.762108.715107.608142.915167.738149.554176.323171.030158.000160.300148.900142.762145.854146.454165.600169.238179.704192.302191.137192.496223.977227.613212.528207.924214.430208.098207.853203.468200.988202.462208.700238.828

Adjust roasted coffee prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1939 * 1939 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Roasted coffee was 8.708 in the year 1939 and 238.828 in 2022:

238.828 / 8.708 * $20 = $548.55

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1939 has the same "purchasing power" as $548.55 in 2022 (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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