Carbonated drinks priced at $20 in 1978 $56.67 in 2022

Carbonated Drinks Inflation Calculator

$

Prices for Carbonated Drinks, 1978-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for carbonated drinks are 183.35% higher in 2022 versus 1978 (a $36.67 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2022: Carbonated drinks experienced an average inflation rate of 2.40% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, carbonated drinks costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $56.67 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.45% during this same period, inflation for carbonated drinks was lower.

Price Inflation for Carbonated drinks since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (12%), 1981 (10.02%), and 1979 (9.15%).

View price changes for other categories
Frankfurters · Televisions · Indoor plants and flowers · Atlanta, Georgia · More

Buying power of $20.00 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Carbonated drinks, over time, for $20 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1978$20.00-
1979$21.839.15%
1980$24.4512.00%
1981$26.9010.02%
1982$27.632.70%
1983$28.312.46%
1984$28.751.57%
1985$29.030.97%
1986$29.250.76%
1987$29.842.03%
1988$29.84-0.01%
1989$30.612.57%
1990$31.653.40%
1991$31.900.81%
1992$32.441.67%
1993$32.710.84%
1994$32.67-0.13%
1995$33.743.28%
1996$33.850.32%
1997$33.39-1.37%
1998$33.16-0.68%
1999$33.531.13%
2000$34.833.87%
2001$35.401.63%
2002$35.450.15%
2003$35.450.00% **
2004$36.101.83%
2005$37.243.14%
2006$37.881.74%
2007$39.564.42%
2008$41.494.87%
2009$43.504.84%
2010$43.670.39%
2011$44.822.64%
2012$45.441.39%
2013$45.04-0.89%
2014$44.84-0.44%
2015$45.070.51%
2016$45.470.90%
2017$45.630.34%
2018$46.201.26%
2019$47.853.57%
2020$50.515.56%
2021$52.473.89%
2022$56.678.00%*

* 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 Carbonated drinks:

Year197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI70.84677.33186.60895.28597.862100.269101.846102.838103.615105.715105.708108.423112.108113.015114.908115.869115.723119.523119.900118.262117.462118.785123.385125.400125.585125.585127.885131.900134.200140.138146.970154.082154.676158.760160.959159.528158.832159.645161.075161.619163.661169.500178.916185.875200.742

Adjust carbonated drinks prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Carbonated drinks was 70.846 in the year 1978 and 200.742 in 2022:

200.742 / 70.846 * $20 = $56.67

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $56.67 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Carbonated drinks).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Carbonated drinks in 1978. In addition to carbonated drinks, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

» Read more about inflation and investment.