Pork chops priced at $20 in 1939 $396.07 in 2022

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Prices for Pork Chops, 1939-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for pork chops are 1,880.36% higher in 2022 versus 1939 (a $376.07 difference in value).

Between 1939 and 2022: Pork chops experienced an average inflation rate of 3.66% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, pork chops costing $20 in the year 1939 would cost $396.07 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.73% during this same period, inflation for pork chops was lower.

Price Inflation for Pork chops since 1939

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (49%), 1946 (30.82%), and 1973 (25.07%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1939

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Pork chops, 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$18.55-7.26%
1941$22.8123.01%
1942$27.5820.90%
1943$26.94-2.33%
1944$25.04-7.06%
1945$25.060.10%
1946$32.7930.82%
1947$48.8649.00%
1948$52.266.97%
1949$50.26-3.84%
1950$50.841.15%
1951$53.565.36%
1952$54.201.20%
1953$57.175.48%
1954$59.554.16%
1955$54.76-8.05%
1956$54.28-0.87%
1957$60.0610.66%
1958$63.625.93%
1959$59.19-6.97%
1960$59.781.00%
1961$61.292.52%
1962$62.602.14%
1963$61.40-1.91%
1964$61.840.71%
1965$68.4310.66%
1966$75.039.64%
1967$70.82-5.60%
1968$72.462.30%
1969$79.059.10%
1970$81.943.66%
1971$76.00-7.25%
1972$87.5715.22%
1973$109.5225.07%
1974$110.010.45%
1975$129.9218.10%
1976$129.22-0.54%
1977$126.94-1.76%
1978$140.7610.88%
1979$145.393.29%
1980$138.56-4.69%
1981$152.079.75%
1982$167.9010.41%
1983$166.48-0.85%
1984$166.950.29%
1985$164.87-1.25%
1986$182.9610.97%
1987$201.3010.03%
1988$198.48-1.40%
1989$204.993.28%
1990$234.2414.27%
1991$236.721.06%
1992$232.12-1.94%
1993$241.634.10%
1994$241.00-0.26%
1995$241.000.00% **
1996$255.726.11%
1997$259.401.44%
1998$245.26-5.45%
1999$239.85-2.21%
2000$254.316.03%
2001$265.724.49%
2002$260.71-1.89%
2003$268.833.12%
2004$284.735.91%
2005$284.32-0.14%
2006$280.32-1.41%
2007$284.341.43%
2008$291.772.61%
2009$281.32-3.58%
2010$293.114.19%
2011$314.477.29%
2012$316.390.61%
2013$313.71-0.85%
2014$343.239.41%
2015$329.75-3.93%
2016$316.26-4.09%
2017$306.94-2.95%
2018$315.202.69%
2019$316.270.34%
2020$347.399.84%
2021$370.136.54%
2022$396.077.01%*

* 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 Pork chops:

Year193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI11.96911.10013.65416.50816.12314.98515.00019.62329.23831.27730.07730.42332.05432.43834.21535.63832.76932.48535.94638.07735.42335.77736.67737.46236.74637.00840.95444.90042.38543.36247.30849.03845.48552.40865.54665.83877.75477.33175.96984.23887.00882.92391.008100.48599.63199.91598.669109.492120.469118.785122.677140.185141.669138.915144.608144.231144.231153.038155.238146.777143.538152.192159.023156.023160.885170.400170.154167.762170.165174.611168.362175.416188.201189.344187.744205.412197.342189.268183.691188.637189.275207.900221.506237.034

Adjust pork chops 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 Pork chops was 11.969 in the year 1939 and 237.034 in 2022:

237.034 / 11.969 * $20 = $396.07

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1939 has the same "purchasing power" as $396.07 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Pork chops).


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

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