Meats priced at $20 in 2000 $33.48 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Meats

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Prices for Meats, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for meats were 67.39% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $13.48 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Meats experienced an average inflation rate of 2.90% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, meats costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $33.48 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for meats was higher.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 5.90%, which is above the average yearly change for meats during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for meats was higher.

Price Inflation for Meats since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (42.39%), 1946 (27.77%), and 1973 (24.65%).

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

Year 1935 1936 1937 1938 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 12.454 12.192 13.162 12.085 11.954 11.669 13.177 15.162 15.354 14.600 14.600 18.654 26.562 30.169 28.362 29.931 33.900 33.577 31.354 31.208 28.708 27.785 30.823 34.300 33.077 32.485 32.900 33.546 33.000 32.523 34.977 38.238 37.231 38.085 41.523 43.785 43.485 48.123 59.985 61.131 66.246 66.369 64.908 77.015 90.100 92.662 96.023 100.654 99.508 99.838 98.885 101.992 109.646 112.185 116.700 128.454 132.538 130.654 134.631 135.354 135.469 140.154 144.362 141.631 142.323 150.723 159.300 160.269 168.985 183.192 187.538 188.823 194.983 201.815 200.545 206.232 224.439 231.981 234.778 256.469 264.232 252.521 251.048 252.297

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Meats, over time, for $20 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $20.00 5.90%
2001 $21.14 5.69%
2002 $21.27 0.61%
2003 $22.42 5.44%
2004 $24.31 8.41%
2005 $24.89 2.37%
2006 $25.06 0.68%
2007 $25.87 3.26%
2008 $26.78 3.50%
2009 $26.61 -0.63%
2010 $27.37 2.84%
2011 $29.78 8.83%
2012 $30.78 3.36%
2013 $31.15 1.21%
2014 $34.03 9.24%
2015 $35.06 3.03%
2016 $33.51 -4.43%
2017 $33.31 -0.58%
2018 $33.48 0.50%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for meats, 2000-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Meats was 150.723 in the year 2000 and 252.297 in 2018:

252.297 / 150.723 * $20 = $33.48

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $33.48 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Meats).


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

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