Tomatoes priced at $20 in 2000 $28.34 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Tomatoes

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Prices for Tomatoes, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for tomatoes were 41.71% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $8.34 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Tomatoes experienced an average inflation rate of 1.96% per year. In other words, tomatoes costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $28.34 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for tomatoes was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 4.71%, which is above the average yearly change for tomatoes during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for tomatoes was higher.

Price Inflation for Tomatoes since 1953

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1990 (18.06%), 1977 (17.94%), and 1981 (15.64%).

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

Year 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 30.615 29.223 30.415 32.538 32.423 35.246 32.515 34.715 31.823 32.700 35.377 36.492 37.677 38.392 38.831 44.392 46.115 46.269 51.208 51.508 52.985 60.354 63.631 63.500 74.892 72.531 80.492 81.854 94.654 93.523 100.800 105.685 103.631 111.323 116.777 123.085 136.215 160.815 153.100 171.762 168.008 173.469 188.285 198.231 213.608 239.169 224.115 234.669 249.985 250.977 271.023 296.785 298.800 323.262 306.454 332.622 303.981 323.189 339.319 302.484 318.032 325.488 329.290 334.027 324.860 332.557

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Tomatoes, 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 4.71%
2001 $21.31 6.53%
2002 $21.39 0.40%
2003 $23.10 7.99%
2004 $25.29 9.51%
2005 $25.47 0.68%
2006 $27.55 8.19%
2007 $26.12 -5.20%
2008 $28.35 8.54%
2009 $25.91 -8.61%
2010 $27.54 6.32%
2011 $28.92 4.99%
2012 $25.78 -10.86%
2013 $27.10 5.14%
2014 $27.74 2.34%
2015 $28.06 1.17%
2016 $28.47 1.44%
2017 $27.69 -2.74%
2018 $28.34 2.37%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for tomatoes, 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 Tomatoes was 234.669 in the year 2000 and 332.557 in 2018:

332.557 / 234.669 * $20 = $28.34

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.34 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Tomatoes).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Tomatoes in 1953. In addition to tomatoes, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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