Sugar priced at $0.68 in 1977 $2.54 in 2022

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Prices for Sugar, 1977-2022 ($0.68)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for sugar and artificial sweeteners are 272.94% higher in 2022 versus 1977 (a $1.86 difference in value).

The current national average price is $0.68 for "Sugar, white, 33-80 oz. pkg, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1977 and 2022: Sugar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.97% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, sugar costing $0.68 in the year 1977 would cost $2.54 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.51% during this same period, inflation for sugar was lower.

Price Inflation for Sugar and artificial sweeteners since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (55.94%), 2006 (9.95%), and 1978 (9.87%).

Price history

The average price for Sugar is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Sugar, white, 33-80 oz. pkg, per lb. (453.6 gm):

Year Average price (Sugar) Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
2022 $0.68 (latest available value) $0.68
2021 $0.65 $0.69
2020 $0.61 $0.67
2019 $0.57 $0.67
2018 $0.57 $0.67
2017 $0.62 $0.74
2016 $0.63 $0.74
2015 $0.65 $0.76
2014 $0.61 $0.75
2013 $0.65 $0.76
2012 $0.69 $0.77
2011 $0.67 $0.75
2010 $0.61 $0.72
2009 $0.55 $0.69
2008 $0.50 $0.65
2007 $0.50 $0.66
2006 $0.47 $0.64
2005 $0.42 $0.63
2004 $0.42 $0.63
2003 $0.42 $0.64
2002 $0.42 $0.65
2001 $0.42 $0.67
2000 $0.41 $0.66
1999 $0.42 $0.67
1998 $0.41 $0.68
1997 $0.42 $0.69
1996 $0.41 $0.68
1995 $0.38 $0.67
1994 $0.37 $0.67
1993 $0.38 $0.69
1992 $0.38 $0.71
1991 $0.40 $0.74
1990 $0.40 $0.75
1989 $0.38 $0.74
1988 $0.35 $0.73
1987 $0.34 $0.73
1986 $0.34 $0.74
1985 $0.35 $0.76
1984 $0.35 $0.76
1983 $0.35 $0.78
1982 $0.33 $0.76
1981 $0.38 $0.80
1980 $0.42 $0.86

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Buying power of $0.68 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Sugar, over time, for $0.68 beginning in 1977. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1977 $0.68 -
1978 $0.75 9.87%
1979 $0.79 5.10%
1980 $1.22 55.94%
1981 $1.22 -0.43%
1982 $1.11 -9.13%
1983 $1.15 3.60%
1984 $1.17 1.67%
1985 $1.16 -0.52%
1986 $1.16 0.06%
1987 $1.17 0.73%
1988 $1.20 2.93%
1989 $1.30 7.78%
1990 $1.35 4.10%
1991 $1.37 1.26%
1992 $1.37 0.38%
1993 $1.39 1.10%
1994 $1.41 1.76%
1995 $1.45 2.38%
1996 $1.51 4.56%
1997 $1.54 1.67%
1998 $1.55 0.58%
1999 $1.57 1.20%
2000 $1.56 -0.06%
2001 $1.60 2.29%
2002 $1.63 2.11%
2003 $1.66 1.76%
2004 $1.68 0.79%
2005 $1.70 1.51%
2006 $1.87 9.95%
2007 $1.91 1.92%
2008 $1.95 2.05%
2009 $2.03 4.56%
2010 $2.14 5.25%
2011 $2.25 5.29%
2012 $2.30 1.85%
2013 $2.17 -5.46%
2014 $2.07 -4.49%
2015 $2.17 4.52%
2016 $2.15 -0.83%
2017 $2.14 -0.39%
2018 $2.14 -0.24%
2019 $2.15 0.55%
2020 $2.30 6.90%
2021 $2.39 4.11%
2022 $2.54 6.14%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Sugar and artificial sweeteners:

Year 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 2019 2020 2021 2022
CPI 59.600 65.485 68.823 107.323 106.862 97.108 100.608 102.285 101.754 101.815 102.562 105.562 113.777 118.438 119.931 120.392 121.715 123.862 126.808 132.585 134.800 135.577 137.200 137.123 140.262 143.215 145.738 146.885 149.100 163.931 167.072 170.491 178.269 187.621 197.554 201.211 190.218 181.686 189.906 188.325 187.596 187.142 188.177 201.155 209.418 222.274

Adjust sugar prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Sugar and artificial sweeteners was 59.600 in the year 1977 and 222.274 in 2022:

222.274 / 59.600 * $0.68 = $2.54

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $0.68 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $2.54 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Sugar and artificial sweeteners).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Sugar and artificial sweeteners in 1977. In addition to sugar, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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