Lettuce priced at $20 in 2008 $19.82 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Lettuce

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Prices for Lettuce, 2008-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for lettuce were 0.91% lower in 2018 versus 2008.

Between 2008 and 2018: Lettuce experienced an average inflation rate of -0.09% per year. In other words, lettuce costing $20 in the year 2008 would cost $19.82 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.47% during this same period, inflation for lettuce was lower.

In the year 2008: Pricing changed by 2.24%, above the average yearly change for lettuce during the 2008-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2008 (3.84%), price inflation for lettuce was lower.

Price Inflation for Lettuce since 1939

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1978 (36.12%), 1995 (29.84%), and 1942 (24.85%).

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

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
CPI 11.585 11.708 12.969 16.192 18.946 16.492 17.500 16.615 19.346 19.415 23.177 19.677 22.885 21.708 21.715 21.869 23.469 23.638 25.177 25.000 26.046 25.062 24.085 27.500 28.377 29.077 29.969 32.746 32.685 32.492 36.723 35.400 40.523 40.715 49.938 50.585 49.600 56.469 56.223 76.531 79.962 77.792 84.446 100.723 103.208 96.069 106.138 112.646 136.431 148.623 151.477 150.323 159.800 155.715 178.185 170.338 221.162 185.692 200.062 229.062 208.285 228.077 233.792 252.062 246.200 239.769 257.331 266.108 280.230 286.518 287.850 283.713 306.853 285.068 312.889 298.322 313.067 293.879 296.391 283.897

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How to calculate the inflation rate for lettuce, 2008-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2008 * 2008 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Lettuce was 286.518 in the year 2008 and 283.897 in 2018:

283.897 / 286.518 * $20 = $19.82

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2008 has the same "purchasing power" as $19.82 in 2018 (in the category of Lettuce).


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

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