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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.

  • Blue Mountains Library, Local Studies // Flickr
    2/ 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)

  • Kim Ahlström // Flickr
    3/ Kim Ahlström // Flickr

    1940

    Absolute bacon price: $0.23

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

  • Unknown // Wikicommons
    4/ Unknown // Wikicommons

    1941

    Absolute bacon price: $0.29

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

  • GoodFreePhotos
    5/ GoodFreePhotos

    1942

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

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    6/ Wikicommons

    1943

    Absolute bacon price: $0.35

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

  • Library of Congress // Wikicommons
    7/ Library of Congress // Wikicommons

    1944

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

  • Kjetil Ree // Flickr
    8/ Kjetil Ree // Flickr

    1945

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

  • OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons
    9/ OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

    1946

    Absolute bacon price: $0.44

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

  • cyclonebill // Wikicommons
    10/ cyclonebill // Wikicommons

    1947

    Absolute bacon price: $0.64

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

  • OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons
    11/ OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

    1948

    Absolute bacon price: $0.63

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

  • OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons
    12/ OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

    1949

    Absolute bacon price: $0.55

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

  • OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons
    13/ OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

    1950

    Absolute bacon price: $0.52

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

  • Russell Lee // Wikicommons
    14/ Russell Lee // Wikicommons

    1951

    Absolute bacon price: $0.55

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

  • Seattle Municipal Archives // Flickr
    15/ Seattle Municipal Archives // Flickr

    1952

    Absolute bacon price: $0.53

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

  • Russell Lee // Wikicommons
    16/ Russell Lee // Wikicommons

    1953

    Absolute bacon price: $0.65

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

  • Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales // Flickr
    17/ 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)

  • Didriks // Flickr
    18/ Didriks // Flickr

    1955

    Absolute bacon price: $0.54

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

  • David Haines // Flickr
    19/ David Haines // Flickr

    1956

    Absolute bacon price: $0.48

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

  • City of Boston Archives // Flickr
    20/ City of Boston Archives // Flickr

    1957

    Absolute bacon price: $0.61

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

  • Judgefloro // Wikicommons
    21/ Judgefloro // Wikicommons

    1958

    Absolute bacon price: $0.66

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

  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines // Wikicommons
    22/ 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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    23/ London Express/Getty Images

    1960

    Absolute bacon price: $0.54

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

  • jeffreyw // Flickr
    24/ jeffreyw // Flickr

    1961

    Absolute bacon price: $0.59

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

  • Geoff // Flickr
    25/ Geoff // Flickr

    1962

    Absolute bacon price: $0.58

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

  • State Archives of North Carolina // Wikicommons
    26/ 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)

  • Ralf Roletschek // Wikicommons
    27/ Ralf Roletschek // Wikicommons

    1964

    Absolute bacon price: $0.57

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

  • Ad Meskens // Wikicommons
    28/ Ad Meskens // Wikicommons

    1965

    Absolute bacon price: $0.69

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

  • Public Domain Pictures
    29/ Public Domain Pictures

    1966

    Absolute bacon price: $0.81

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

  • Library of Congress // Wikicommons
    30/ Library of Congress // Wikicommons

    1967

    Absolute bacon price: $0.71

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

  • Pixabay
    31/ Pixabay

    1968

    Absolute bacon price: $0.70

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

  • Max Pixel
    32/ Max Pixel

    1969

    Absolute bacon price: $0.75

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

  • Orange County Archives // Flickr
    33/ Orange County Archives // Flickr

    1970

    Absolute bacon price: $0.81

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

  • Acabashi // Wikicommons
    34/ Acabashi // Wikicommons

    1971

    Absolute bacon price: $0.69

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

  • Wikicommons
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    1972

    Absolute bacon price: $0.83

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

  • Postitpedia // Wikicommons
    36/ Postitpedia // Wikicommons

    1973

    Absolute bacon price: $1.15

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

  • Bill Branson // Wikicommons
    37/ Bill Branson // Wikicommons

    1974

    Absolute bacon price: $1.15

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

  • Anagoria // Wikicommons
    38/ Anagoria // Wikicommons

    1975

    Absolute bacon price: $1.54

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

  • Anthony Albright // Flickr
    39/ Anthony Albright // Flickr

    1976

    Absolute bacon price: $1.50

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

  • Pxhere
    40/ Pxhere

    1977

    Absolute bacon price: $1.38

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

  • Estef93
    41/ Estef93

    1978

    Absolute bacon price: $1.59

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

  • cookbookman17 // Flickr
    42/ cookbookman17 // Flickr

    1979

    Absolute bacon price: $1.47

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

  • Pxhere
    43/ Pxhere

    1980

    Absolute bacon price: $1.46

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

  • Christopher // Flickr
    44/ Christopher // Flickr

    1981

    Absolute bacon price: $1.67

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

  • Katia Flores Torres // Wikicommons
    45/ Katia Flores Torres // Wikicommons

    1982

    Absolute bacon price: $2.05

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

  • Pxhere
    46/ Pxhere

    1983

    Absolute bacon price: $1.94

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

  • Nataliya Arzamasova // Shutterstock
    47/ Nataliya Arzamasova // Shutterstock

    1984

    Absolute bacon price: $1.86

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

  • kckate16 // Shutterstock
    48/ kckate16 // Shutterstock

    1985

    Absolute bacon price: $1.94

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

  • kckate16 // Shutterstock
    49/ kckate16 // Shutterstock

    1986

    Absolute bacon price: $2.08

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

  • Siyanight // Shutterstock
    50/ Siyanight // Shutterstock

    1987

    Absolute bacon price: $2.14

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

  • Jon Sullivan
    51/ Jon Sullivan

    1988

    Absolute bacon price: $1.88

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

  • Sanja22 // Shutterstock
    52/ Sanja22 // Shutterstock

    1989

    Absolute bacon price: $1.77

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

  • V_L // Shutterstock
    53/ V_L // Shutterstock

    1990

    Absolute bacon price: $2.12

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

  • Shannon Jordan // Shutterstock
    54/ Shannon Jordan // Shutterstock

    1991

    Absolute bacon price: $2.22

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

  • Shannon Jordan // Shutterstock
    55/ Shannon Jordan // Shutterstock

    1992

    Absolute bacon price: $1.92

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

  • Angurt // Shutterstock
    56/ Angurt // Shutterstock

    1993

    Absolute bacon price: $1.93

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

  • Andrey Starostin // Shutterstock
    57/ Andrey Starostin // Shutterstock

    1994

    Absolute bacon price: $1.99

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

  • Tony Craddock // Shutterstock
    58/ Tony Craddock // Shutterstock

    1995

    Absolute bacon price: $1.99

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

  • Evgeny Gubenko // Shutterstock
    59/ Evgeny Gubenko // Shutterstock

    1996

    Absolute bacon price: $2.47

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

  • concept w // Shutterstock
    60/ concept w // Shutterstock

    1997

    Absolute bacon price: $2.68

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

  • Elena Veselova // Shutterstock
    61/ Elena Veselova // Shutterstock

    1998

    Absolute bacon price: $2.54

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

  • Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
    62/ Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

    1999

    Absolute bacon price: $2.55

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

  • Africa Studio // Shutterstock
    63/ Africa Studio // Shutterstock

    2000

    Absolute bacon price: $3.03

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

  • Africa Studio // Shutterstock
    64/ Africa Studio // Shutterstock

    2001

    Absolute bacon price: $3.25

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

  • Merydolla // Shutterstock
    65/ Merydolla // Shutterstock

    2002

    Absolute bacon price: $3.24

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

  • Alexander Prokopenko // Shutterstock
    66/ Alexander Prokopenko // Shutterstock

    2003

    Absolute bacon price: $3.20

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

  • farbled // Shutterstock
    67/ farbled // Shutterstock

    2004

    Absolute bacon price: $3.38

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

  • Andrey Starostin // Shutterstock
    68/ Andrey Starostin // Shutterstock

    2005

    Absolute bacon price: $3.39

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

  • Gajic Dragan // Shutterstock
    69/ Gajic Dragan // Shutterstock

    2006

    Absolute bacon price: $3.44

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

  • Mat Hayward // Shutterstock
    70/ Mat Hayward // Shutterstock

    2007

    Absolute bacon price: $3.66

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

  • 5 second Studio // Shutterstock
    71/ 5 second Studio // Shutterstock

    2008

    Absolute bacon price: $3.66

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

  • Bottaci // Shutterstock
    72/ Bottaci // Shutterstock

    2009

    Absolute bacon price: $3.61

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

  • SosnaRadosna // Shutterstock
    73/ SosnaRadosna // Shutterstock

    2010

    Absolute bacon price: $4.11

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

  • Bon Appetit // Shutterstock
    74/ Bon Appetit // Shutterstock

    2011

    Absolute bacon price: $4.63

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

  • Jukov studio // Shutterstock
    75/ Jukov studio // Shutterstock

    2012

    Absolute bacon price: $4.56

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

  • Bon Appetit // Shutterstock
    76/ Bon Appetit // Shutterstock

    2013

    Absolute bacon price: $5.29

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

  • ilolab // Shutterstock
    77/ ilolab // Shutterstock

    2014

    Absolute bacon price: $5.78

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

  • Anna Hoychuk // Shutterstock
    78/ Anna Hoychuk // Shutterstock

    2015

    Absolute bacon price: $5.45

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

  • farbled // Shutterstock
    79/ farbled // Shutterstock

    2016

    Absolute bacon price: $5.42

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

  • Africa Studio // Shutterstock
    80/ Africa Studio // Shutterstock

    2017

    Absolute bacon price: $5.77

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

  • Joshua Resnick // Shutterstock
    81/ 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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