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The cost of bacon the year you were born

  • 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

    Absolute bacon price: $0.26

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

  • 1940

    Absolute bacon price: $0.23

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

  • 1941

    Absolute bacon price: $0.29

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

  • 1942

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

  • 1943

    Absolute bacon price: $0.35

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

  • 1944

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

  • 1945

    Absolute bacon price: $0.33

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

  • 1946

    Absolute bacon price: $0.44

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

  • 1947

    Absolute bacon price: $0.64

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

  • 1948

    Absolute bacon price: $0.63

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

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