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The cost of bacon the year you were born

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    1/ Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

    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.

  • 1939
    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)

  • 1940
    3/ Kim Ahlström // Flickr

    1940

    Absolute bacon price: $0.23

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

  • 1941
    4/ Unknown // Wikicommons

    1941

    Absolute bacon price: $0.29

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

  • 1942
    5/ GoodFreePhotos

    1942

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

  • 1943
    6/ Wikicommons

    1943

    Absolute bacon price: $0.35

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

  • 1944
    7/ Library of Congress // Wikicommons

    1944

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

  • 1945
    8/ Kjetil Ree // Flickr

    1945

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

  • 1946
    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)

  • 1947
    10/ cyclonebill // Wikicommons

    1947

    Absolute bacon price: $0.64

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

  • 1948
    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)

  • 1949
    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)

  • 1950
    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)

  • 1951
    14/ Russell Lee // Wikicommons

    1951

    Absolute bacon price: $0.55

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

  • 1952
    15/ Seattle Municipal Archives // Flickr

    1952

    Absolute bacon price: $0.53

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

  • 1953
    16/ Russell Lee // Wikicommons

    1953

    Absolute bacon price: $0.65

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

  • 1954
    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)

  • 1955
    18/ Didriks // Flickr

    1955

    Absolute bacon price: $0.54

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

  • 1956
    19/ David Haines // Flickr

    1956

    Absolute bacon price: $0.48

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

  • 1957
    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)

  • 1958
    21/ Judgefloro // Wikicommons

    1958

    Absolute bacon price: $0.66

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

  • 1959
    22/ SAS Scandinavian Airlines // Wikicommons

    1959

    Absolute bacon price: $0.55

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

  • 1960
    23/ London Express/Getty Images

    1960

    Absolute bacon price: $0.54

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

  • 1961
    24/ jeffreyw // Flickr

    1961

    Absolute bacon price: $0.59

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

  • 1962
    25/ Geoff // Flickr

    1962

    Absolute bacon price: $0.58

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

  • 1963
    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)

  • 1964
    27/ Ralf Roletschek // Wikicommons

    1964

    Absolute bacon price: $0.57

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

  • 1965
    28/ Ad Meskens // Wikicommons

    1965

    Absolute bacon price: $0.69

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

  • 1966
    29/ Public Domain Pictures

    1966

    Absolute bacon price: $0.81

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

  • 1967
    30/ Library of Congress // Wikicommons

    1967

    Absolute bacon price: $0.71

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

  • 1968
    31/ Pixabay

    1968

    Absolute bacon price: $0.70

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

  • 1969
    32/ Max Pixel

    1969

    Absolute bacon price: $0.75

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

  • 1970
    33/ Orange County Archives // Flickr

    1970

    Absolute bacon price: $0.81

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

  • 1971
    34/ Acabashi // Wikicommons

    1971

    Absolute bacon price: $0.69

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

  • 1972
    35/ Wikicommons

    1972

    Absolute bacon price: $0.83

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

  • 1973
    36/ Postitpedia // Wikicommons

    1973

    Absolute bacon price: $1.15

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

  • 1974
    37/ Bill Branson // Wikicommons

    1974

    Absolute bacon price: $1.15

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

  • 1975
    38/ Anagoria // Wikicommons

    1975

    Absolute bacon price: $1.54

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

  • 1976
    39/ Anthony Albright // Flickr

    1976

    Absolute bacon price: $1.50

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

  • 1977
    40/ Pxhere

    1977

    Absolute bacon price: $1.38

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

  • 1978
    41/ Estef93

    1978

    Absolute bacon price: $1.59

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

  • 1979
    42/ cookbookman17 // Flickr

    1979

    Absolute bacon price: $1.47

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

  • 1980
    43/ Pxhere

    1980

    Absolute bacon price: $1.46

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

  • 1981
    44/ Christopher // Flickr

    1981

    Absolute bacon price: $1.67

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

  • 1982
    45/ Katia Flores Torres // Wikicommons

    1982

    Absolute bacon price: $2.05

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

  • 1983
    46/ Pxhere

    1983

    Absolute bacon price: $1.94

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

  • 1984
    47/ Nataliya Arzamasova // Shutterstock

    1984

    Absolute bacon price: $1.86

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

  • 1985
    48/ kckate16 // Shutterstock

    1985

    Absolute bacon price: $1.94

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

  • 1986
    49/ kckate16 // Shutterstock

    1986

    Absolute bacon price: $2.08

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

  • 1987
    50/ Siyanight // Shutterstock

    1987

    Absolute bacon price: $2.14

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

  • 1988
    51/ Jon Sullivan

    1988

    Absolute bacon price: $1.88

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

  • 1989
    52/ Sanja22 // Shutterstock

    1989

    Absolute bacon price: $1.77

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

  • 1990
    53/ V_L // Shutterstock

    1990

    Absolute bacon price: $2.12

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

  • 1991
    54/ Shannon Jordan // Shutterstock

    1991

    Absolute bacon price: $2.22

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

  • 1992
    55/ Shannon Jordan // Shutterstock

    1992

    Absolute bacon price: $1.92

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

  • 1993
    56/ Angurt // Shutterstock

    1993

    Absolute bacon price: $1.93

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

  • 1994
    57/ Andrey Starostin // Shutterstock

    1994

    Absolute bacon price: $1.99

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

  • 1995
    58/ Tony Craddock // Shutterstock

    1995

    Absolute bacon price: $1.99

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

  • 1996
    59/ Evgeny Gubenko // Shutterstock

    1996

    Absolute bacon price: $2.47

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

  • 1997
    60/ concept w // Shutterstock

    1997

    Absolute bacon price: $2.68

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

  • 1998
    61/ Elena Veselova // Shutterstock

    1998

    Absolute bacon price: $2.54

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

  • 1999
    62/ Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

    1999

    Absolute bacon price: $2.55

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

  • 2000
    63/ Africa Studio // Shutterstock

    2000

    Absolute bacon price: $3.03

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

  • 2001
    64/ Africa Studio // Shutterstock

    2001

    Absolute bacon price: $3.25

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

  • 2002
    65/ Merydolla // Shutterstock

    2002

    Absolute bacon price: $3.24

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

  • 2003
    66/ Alexander Prokopenko // Shutterstock

    2003

    Absolute bacon price: $3.20

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

  • 2004
    67/ farbled // Shutterstock

    2004

    Absolute bacon price: $3.38

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

  • 2005
    68/ Andrey Starostin // Shutterstock

    2005

    Absolute bacon price: $3.39

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

  • 2006
    69/ Gajic Dragan // Shutterstock

    2006

    Absolute bacon price: $3.44

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

  • 2007
    70/ Mat Hayward // Shutterstock

    2007

    Absolute bacon price: $3.66

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

  • 2008
    71/ 5 second Studio // Shutterstock

    2008

    Absolute bacon price: $3.66

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

  • 2009
    72/ Bottaci // Shutterstock

    2009

    Absolute bacon price: $3.61

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

  • 2010
    73/ SosnaRadosna // Shutterstock

    2010

    Absolute bacon price: $4.11

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

  • 2011
    74/ Bon Appetit // Shutterstock

    2011

    Absolute bacon price: $4.63

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

  • 2012
    75/ Jukov studio // Shutterstock

    2012

    Absolute bacon price: $4.56

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

  • 2013
    76/ Bon Appetit // Shutterstock

    2013

    Absolute bacon price: $5.29

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

  • 2014
    77/ ilolab // Shutterstock

    2014

    Absolute bacon price: $5.78

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

  • 2015
    78/ Anna Hoychuk // Shutterstock

    2015

    Absolute bacon price: $5.45

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

  • 2016
    79/ farbled // Shutterstock

    2016

    Absolute bacon price: $5.42

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

  • 2017
    80/ Africa Studio // Shutterstock

    2017

    Absolute bacon price: $5.77

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

  • 2018
    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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