Sugar and sweets priced at $20 in 1935 $412.91 in 2021

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Prices for Sugar And Sweets, 1935-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for sugar and sweets were 1,964.56% higher in 2021 versus 1935 (a $392.91 difference in value).

Between 1935 and 2021: Sugar and sweets experienced an average inflation rate of 3.58% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, sugar and sweets costing $20 in the year 1935 would cost $412.91 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.49% during this same period, inflation for sugar and sweets was higher.

Price Inflation for Sugar and sweets since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1974 (52.23%), 1975 (26.11%), and 1947 (25.07%).

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

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 2019 2020 2021
CPI 11.246 11.115 11.300 10.923 11.246 10.815 11.885 14.138 14.192 14.100 14.100 16.077 20.108 19.438 19.708 20.092 20.838 21.023 21.254 21.692 22.169 21.631 22.285 23.300 23.785 23.923 23.438 23.462 25.454 26.715 26.238 25.731 26.523 27.423 28.938 30.523 31.646 32.062 34.023 51.792 65.315 57.869 60.831 68.315 73.638 90.523 97.685 97.477 99.315 103.192 105.785 109.038 111.000 114.008 119.400 124.692 129.285 133.054 133.354 135.200 137.523 143.662 147.777 150.162 152.285 153.969 155.738 158.962 162.015 163.154 165.162 171.454 176.772 186.577 196.933 201.242 207.832 214.670 210.992 209.317 216.118 215.329 215.068 215.850 220.246 227.591 232.184

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Buying power of $20 since 1935

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Sugar and sweets, over time, for $20 beginning in 1935. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1935 $20.00 -
1936 $19.77 -1.16%
1937 $20.10 1.66%
1938 $19.43 -3.34%
1939 $20.00 2.96%
1940 $19.23 -3.83%
1941 $21.14 9.89%
1942 $25.14 18.96%
1943 $25.24 0.38%
1944 $25.08 -0.65%
1945 $25.08 0.00%
1946 $28.59 14.02%
1947 $35.76 25.07%
1948 $34.57 -3.33%
1949 $35.05 1.39%
1950 $35.73 1.95%
1951 $37.06 3.71%
1952 $37.39 0.89%
1953 $37.80 1.10%
1954 $38.58 2.06%
1955 $39.43 2.20%
1956 $38.47 -2.43%
1957 $39.63 3.02%
1958 $41.44 4.56%
1959 $42.30 2.08%
1960 $42.54 0.58%
1961 $41.68 -2.03%
1962 $41.72 0.10%
1963 $45.27 8.49%
1964 $47.51 4.96%
1965 $46.66 -1.79%
1966 $45.76 -1.93%
1967 $47.17 3.08%
1968 $48.77 3.39%
1969 $51.46 5.53%
1970 $54.28 5.48%
1971 $56.28 3.68%
1972 $57.02 1.31%
1973 $60.51 6.12%
1974 $92.11 52.23%
1975 $116.16 26.11%
1976 $102.91 -11.40%
1977 $108.18 5.12%
1978 $121.49 12.30%
1979 $130.96 7.79%
1980 $160.98 22.93%
1981 $173.72 7.91%
1982 $173.35 -0.21%
1983 $176.62 1.89%
1984 $183.52 3.90%
1985 $188.13 2.51%
1986 $193.91 3.08%
1987 $197.40 1.80%
1988 $202.75 2.71%
1989 $212.34 4.73%
1990 $221.75 4.43%
1991 $229.92 3.68%
1992 $236.62 2.92%
1993 $237.15 0.23%
1994 $240.44 1.38%
1995 $244.57 1.72%
1996 $255.49 4.46%
1997 $262.80 2.86%
1998 $267.05 1.61%
1999 $270.82 1.41%
2000 $273.82 1.11%
2001 $276.96 1.15%
2002 $282.69 2.07%
2003 $288.13 1.92%
2004 $290.15 0.70%
2005 $293.72 1.23%
2006 $304.91 3.81%
2007 $314.37 3.10%
2008 $331.81 5.55%
2009 $350.22 5.55%
2010 $357.89 2.19%
2011 $369.60 3.27%
2012 $381.77 3.29%
2013 $375.23 -1.71%
2014 $372.25 -0.79%
2015 $384.34 3.25%
2016 $382.94 -0.37%
2017 $382.47 -0.12%
2018 $383.86 0.36%
2019 $391.68 2.04%
2020 $404.74 3.34%
2021 $412.91 2.02%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for sugar and sweets, 1935-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1935 * 1935 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Sugar and sweets was 11.246 in the year 1935 and 232.184 in 2021:

232.184 / 11.246 * $20 = $412.91

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" as $412.91 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Sugar and sweets).


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

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