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The cost of bacon the year you were born

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Cost of bacon the year you were born

Perhaps no food commands a larger fan club than bacon does. The Beatles of foods, everyone loves their own variety, and everyone loves to talk about just how much they love it. But as trendy as bacon is today, it’s been a mainstay of western culture for centuries, with the first commercialization of the product dating back to 1700’s England. But how has the price of the savory treat changed throughout our lives?

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we analyzed the average price for 1 pound of bacon from 1980-2018 along with CPI changes from 1939-1980 for bacon and related products, offering both the absolute price for each year and the inflation-adjusted price to compare to today.

Read on to see the price of bacon the year you were born.

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Blue Mountains Library, Local Studies // Flickr

1939

Absolute bacon price: $0.26

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.61 (#45 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Kim Ahlström // Flickr

1940

Absolute bacon price: $0.23

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.77 (#75 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Unknown // Wikicommons

1941

Absolute bacon price: $0.29

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.46 (#55 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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GoodFreePhotos

1942

Absolute bacon price: $0.33

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.82 (#38 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Wikicommons

1943

Absolute bacon price: $0.35

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.77 (#40 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Library of Congress // Wikicommons

1944

Absolute bacon price: $0.33

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.29 (#62 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Kjetil Ree // Flickr

1945

Absolute bacon price: $0.33

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.11 (#68 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

1946

Absolute bacon price: $0.44

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.12 (#29 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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cyclonebill // Wikicommons

1947

Absolute bacon price: $0.64

Inflation-adjusted price: $7.13 (#2 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

1948

Absolute bacon price: $0.63

Inflation-adjusted price: $6.54 (#4 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

1949

Absolute bacon price: $0.55

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.72 (#14 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

1950

Absolute bacon price: $0.52

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.41 (#22 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Russell Lee // Wikicommons

1951

Absolute bacon price: $0.55

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.27 (#25 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Seattle Municipal Archives // Flickr

1952

Absolute bacon price: $0.53

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.97 (#34 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Russell Lee // Wikicommons

1953

Absolute bacon price: $0.65

Inflation-adjusted price: $6.02 (#10 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales // Flickr

1954

Absolute bacon price: $0.67

Inflation-adjusted price: $6.22 (#7 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Didriks // Flickr

1955

Absolute bacon price: $0.54

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.03 (#31 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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David Haines // Flickr

1956

Absolute bacon price: $0.48

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.38 (#59 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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City of Boston Archives // Flickr

1957

Absolute bacon price: $0.61

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.45 (#21 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Judgefloro // Wikicommons

1958

Absolute bacon price: $0.66

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.67 (#16 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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SAS Scandinavian Airlines // Wikicommons

1959

Absolute bacon price: $0.55

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.70 (#44 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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London Express/Getty Images

1960

Absolute bacon price: $0.54

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.55 (#50 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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jeffreyw // Flickr

1961

Absolute bacon price: $0.59

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.91 (#36 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Geoff // Flickr

1962

Absolute bacon price: $0.58

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.80 (#39 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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State Archives of North Carolina // Wikicommons

1963

Absolute bacon price: $0.57

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.61 (#46 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Ralf Roletschek // Wikicommons

1964

Absolute bacon price: $0.57

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.56 (#49 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Ad Meskens // Wikicommons

1965

Absolute bacon price: $0.69

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.48 (#20 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Public Domain Pictures

1966

Absolute bacon price: $0.81

Inflation-adjusted price: $6.25 (#6 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Library of Congress // Wikicommons

1967

Absolute bacon price: $0.71

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.34 (#23 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Pixabay

1968

Absolute bacon price: $0.70

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.99 (#32 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Max Pixel

1969

Absolute bacon price: $0.75

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.12 (#28 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Orange County Archives // Flickr

1970

Absolute bacon price: $0.81

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.23 (#26 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Acabashi // Wikicommons

1971

Absolute bacon price: $0.69

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.25 (#64 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Wikicommons

1972

Absolute bacon price: $0.83

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.99 (#33 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Postitpedia // Wikicommons

1973

Absolute bacon price: $1.15

Inflation-adjusted price: $6.47 (#5 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Bill Branson // Wikicommons

1974

Absolute bacon price: $1.15

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.80 (#12 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Anagoria // Wikicommons

1975

Absolute bacon price: $1.54

Inflation-adjusted price: $7.14 (#1 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Anthony Albright // Flickr

1976

Absolute bacon price: $1.50

Inflation-adjusted price: $6.59 (#3 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Pxhere

1977

Absolute bacon price: $1.38

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.68 (#15 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Estef93

1978

Absolute bacon price: $1.59

Inflation-adjusted price: $6.07 (#9 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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cookbookman17 // Flickr

1979

Absolute bacon price: $1.47

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.06 (#30 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Pxhere

1980

Absolute bacon price: $1.46

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.44 (#56 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Christopher // Flickr

1981

Absolute bacon price: $1.67

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.57 (#48 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Katia Flores Torres // Wikicommons

1982

Absolute bacon price: $2.05

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.31 (#24 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Pxhere

1983

Absolute bacon price: $1.94

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.87 (#37 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Nataliya Arzamasova // Shutterstock

1984

Absolute bacon price: $1.86

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.46 (#53 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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kckate16 // Shutterstock

1985

Absolute bacon price: $1.94

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.50 (#51 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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kckate16 // Shutterstock

1986

Absolute bacon price: $2.08

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.74 (#41 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Siyanight // Shutterstock

1987

Absolute bacon price: $2.14

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.70 (#42 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Jon Sullivan

1988

Absolute bacon price: $1.88

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.97 (#71 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Sanja22 // Shutterstock

1989

Absolute bacon price: $1.77

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.56 (#76 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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V_L // Shutterstock

1990

Absolute bacon price: $2.12

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.06 (#70 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Shannon Jordan // Shutterstock

1991

Absolute bacon price: $2.22

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.07 (#69 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Shannon Jordan // Shutterstock

1992

Absolute bacon price: $1.92

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.41 (#77 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Angurt // Shutterstock

1993

Absolute bacon price: $1.93

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.33 (#79 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Andrey Starostin // Shutterstock

1994

Absolute bacon price: $1.99

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.35 (#78 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Tony Craddock // Shutterstock

1995

Absolute bacon price: $1.99

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.25 (#80 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Evgeny Gubenko // Shutterstock

1996

Absolute bacon price: $2.47

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.93 (#72 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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concept w // Shutterstock

1997

Absolute bacon price: $2.68

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.17 (#67 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Elena Veselova // Shutterstock

1998

Absolute bacon price: $2.54

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.89 (#73 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

1999

Absolute bacon price: $2.55

Inflation-adjusted price: $3.82 (#74 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Africa Studio // Shutterstock

2000

Absolute bacon price: $3.03

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.39 (#58 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Africa Studio // Shutterstock

2001

Absolute bacon price: $3.25

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.59 (#47 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Merydolla // Shutterstock

2002

Absolute bacon price: $3.24

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.49 (#52 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Alexander Prokopenko // Shutterstock

2003

Absolute bacon price: $3.20

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.34 (#60 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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farbled // Shutterstock

2004

Absolute bacon price: $3.38

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.46 (#54 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Andrey Starostin // Shutterstock

2005

Absolute bacon price: $3.39

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.33 (#61 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Gajic Dragan // Shutterstock

2006

Absolute bacon price: $3.44

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.26 (#63 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Mat Hayward // Shutterstock

2007

Absolute bacon price: $3.66

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.40 (#57 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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5 second Studio // Shutterstock

2008

Absolute bacon price: $3.66

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.24 (#65 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Bottaci // Shutterstock

2009

Absolute bacon price: $3.61

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.20 (#66 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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SosnaRadosna // Shutterstock

2010

Absolute bacon price: $4.11

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.70 (#43 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Bon Appetit // Shutterstock

2011

Absolute bacon price: $4.63

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.14 (#27 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Jukov studio // Shutterstock

2012

Absolute bacon price: $4.56

Inflation-adjusted price: $4.95 (#35 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Bon Appetit // Shutterstock

2013

Absolute bacon price: $5.29

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.66 (#17 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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ilolab // Shutterstock

2014

Absolute bacon price: $5.78

Inflation-adjusted price: $6.09 (#8 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Anna Hoychuk // Shutterstock

2015

Absolute bacon price: $5.45

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.74 (#13 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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farbled // Shutterstock

2016

Absolute bacon price: $5.42

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.64 (#18 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Africa Studio // Shutterstock

2017

Absolute bacon price: $5.77

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.88 (#11 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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Joshua Resnick // Shutterstock

2018

Absolute bacon price: $5.57

Inflation-adjusted price: $5.57 (#19 most expensive year in 80-year span)

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