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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)

1949

Absolute bacon price: $0.55

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

1950

Absolute bacon price: $0.52

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

1951

Absolute bacon price: $0.55

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

1952

Absolute bacon price: $0.53

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

1953

Absolute bacon price: $0.65

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

1954

Absolute bacon price: $0.67

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

1955

Absolute bacon price: $0.54

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

1956

Absolute bacon price: $0.48

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

1957

Absolute bacon price: $0.61

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

1958

Absolute bacon price: $0.66

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

1959

Absolute bacon price: $0.55

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

1960

Absolute bacon price: $0.54

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

1961

Absolute bacon price: $0.59

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

1962

Absolute bacon price: $0.58

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

1963

Absolute bacon price: $0.57

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

1964

Absolute bacon price: $0.57

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

1965

Absolute bacon price: $0.69

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

1966

Absolute bacon price: $0.81

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

1967

Absolute bacon price: $0.71

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

1968

Absolute bacon price: $0.70

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

1969

Absolute bacon price: $0.75

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

1970

Absolute bacon price: $0.81

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

1971

Absolute bacon price: $0.69

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

1972

Absolute bacon price: $0.83

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

1973

Absolute bacon price: $1.15

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

1974

Absolute bacon price: $1.15

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

1975

Absolute bacon price: $1.54

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

1976

Absolute bacon price: $1.50

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

1977

Absolute bacon price: $1.38

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

1978

Absolute bacon price: $1.59

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

1979

Absolute bacon price: $1.47

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

1980

Absolute bacon price: $1.46

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

1981

Absolute bacon price: $1.67

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

1982

Absolute bacon price: $2.05

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

1983

Absolute bacon price: $1.94

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

1984

Absolute bacon price: $1.86

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

1985

Absolute bacon price: $1.94

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

1986

Absolute bacon price: $2.08

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

1987

Absolute bacon price: $2.14

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

1988

Absolute bacon price: $1.88

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

1989

Absolute bacon price: $1.77

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

1990

Absolute bacon price: $2.12

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

1991

Absolute bacon price: $2.22

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

1992

Absolute bacon price: $1.92

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

1993

Absolute bacon price: $1.93

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

1994

Absolute bacon price: $1.99

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

1995

Absolute bacon price: $1.99

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

1996

Absolute bacon price: $2.47

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

1997

Absolute bacon price: $2.68

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

1998

Absolute bacon price: $2.54

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

1999

Absolute bacon price: $2.55

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

2000

Absolute bacon price: $3.03

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

2001

Absolute bacon price: $3.25

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

2002

Absolute bacon price: $3.24

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

2003

Absolute bacon price: $3.20

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

2004

Absolute bacon price: $3.38

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

2005

Absolute bacon price: $3.39

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

2006

Absolute bacon price: $3.44

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

2007

Absolute bacon price: $3.66

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

2008

Absolute bacon price: $3.66

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

2009

Absolute bacon price: $3.61

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

2010

Absolute bacon price: $4.11

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

2011

Absolute bacon price: $4.63

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

2012

Absolute bacon price: $4.56

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

2013

Absolute bacon price: $5.29

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

2014

Absolute bacon price: $5.78

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

2015

Absolute bacon price: $5.45

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

2016

Absolute bacon price: $5.42

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

2017

Absolute bacon price: $5.77

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

2018

Absolute bacon price: $5.57

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