Bacon Prices Through the Years
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The Price of Bacon the Year You Were Born

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Bacon Prices Through the Years
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BRINGING IT HOME

It's safe to say America is obsessed with bacon. We've long enjoyed delicious strips of bacon with our eggs and on our burgers, but now we're finding increasingly creative ways to eat more bacon — from desserts to cocktails. And while it seems like the price of bacon seems to increase with our demand, you may be surprised to learn that the cost of a pound of sliced bacon hasn't changed dramatically since 1940 when you adjust for inflation. To find out why — and how much bacon cost the year you were born — read on.

1940
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1940

Cost of Bacon: $0.23
Inflation-Adjusted Cost (in 2019 Dollars): $4.15
Having made it through the Great Depression when goods like bacon were a luxury for many, Americans enjoyed a period of relatively low prices for the good stuff. But in the midst of World War II, the country's resources — including meat — were redirected toward the war effort, and those prices began to rise.

1941
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1941

Cost of Bacon: $0.29
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.99

1942
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1942

Cost of Bacon: $0.34
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.27
The U.S. entry into World War II may have helped employ millions of Americans following the Depression, but that also meant that more people were able to afford bacon — and more of it — than before. Combined with the demands for food reserves for servicemen heading to the front lines, the price of bacon spiked.

1943
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1943

Cost of Bacon: $0.35
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.11
To help counteract the rising prices of bacon and other goods during the war, the U.S. government instituted a complex rationing program. While it likely helped reduce bacon prices in the years to come, it meant shoppers often had to use stamps or points to purchase things like bacon and constantly monitor changing prices. It also meant that bacon was sometimes unavailable at the local market, and led to a black market of point trading and selling for some.

1944
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1944

Cost of Bacon: $0.33
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.74 
While the price of bacon steadily declined during the war, those at home were encouraged to save their bacon grease for the war effort. The fat was converted into glycerin, which was used to make certain bombs. Only about half of Americans donated to the effort, however, as cooking fats and oils were in short supply, and Americans had long utilized bacon grease in the kitchen and were reluctant to give it up.

1945
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1945

Cost of Bacon: $0.34
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.77

Summer 1950 Bacon Advert, American Meat Institute
Summer 1950 Bacon Advert, American Meat Institute by Joe Wolf (CC BY-ND)

1946

Cost of Bacon: $0.44
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.70

1947
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1947

Cost of Bacon: $0.64
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $7.25 
The costs of goods and services often rise following a war, and bacon prices were no exception. When adjusted for inflation, bacon reached one of the highest prices in recent history, likely leading some bacon lovers to do without for a while.

1948
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1948

Cost of Bacon: $0.63
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6.61

1949
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1949

Cost of Bacon: $0.55
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.84

1950
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1950

Cost of Bacon: $0.52
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.45

1951
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1951

Cost of Bacon: $0.55
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.35

1952
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1952

Cost of Bacon: $0.53
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.06
As Americans settled back into business as usual following the war years, the cost of bacon also steadily declined and reached lows not seen in years. Bacon and eggs once again made regular appearances on breakfast tables around the country.

1953
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1953

Cost of Bacon: $0.65
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6.15

1954
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1954

Cost of Bacon: $0.67
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6.30

1955
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1955

Cost of Bacon: $0.54
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.09

1956
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1956

Cost of Bacon: $0.48
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.46
Despite a few spikes in the early '50s, the young Baby Boomer generation enjoyed plenty of bacon purchased at reasonable prices through the middle of the decade. It was also a time when bacon and cheese balls and items wrapped in bacon became increasingly popular at cocktail parties — more bacon for everyone.

1957
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1957

Cost of Bacon: $0.62
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.58

1958
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1958

Cost of Bacon: $0.66
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.77

1959
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1959

Cost of Bacon: $0.55
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.78
By the end of the 1950s, the economy was booming, and Americans enjoyed low prices on one of their favorite breakfast items. As more people started moving to the suburbs and fast food companies began to spread across the country, Americans were eating more bacon on the go and at home.

1960
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1960

Cost of Bacon: $0.54
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.61

1961
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1961

Cost of Bacon: $0.59
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.99

1962
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1962

Cost of Bacon: $0.58
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.85

1963
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1963

Cost of Bacon: $0.57
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.71 
The cost of bacon remained low during the early 1960s, which likely accounts for the rising trend of recipes calling for bacon and big brands suggested bacon-fueled recipes like Aunt Jemima's bacon strip pancakes. This was also the year that Dale Mulder, president of A&W restaurants, is credited with inventing the bacon cheeseburger, paving the way for great things to come. Thanks, Dale.

1964
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1964

Cost of Bacon: $0.57
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.65

1965
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1965

Cost of Bacon: $0.69
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.54

1966
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1966

Cost of Bacon: $0.82
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6.40
Bacon prices steadily rose to a peak in the late 1960s before declining again. With so many people tuning into Julia Child's "The French Chef" on TV at the time, perhaps demand and prices went up as everyone tried to imitate her recipes that used bacon and plenty of butter.

1967
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1967

Cost of Bacon: $0.72
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.45

1968
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1968

Cost of Bacon: $0.70
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.08

1968 Food Presentation, "Stupendous Sandwiches" (2-page layout)
1968 Food Presentation, "Stupendous Sandwiches" (2-page layout) by Classic Film (CC BY-NC)

1969

Cost of Bacon: $0.76
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.23

1970
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1970

Cost of Bacon: $0.82
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.34

1971
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1971

Cost of Bacon: $0.69
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.31

1972
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1972

Cost of Bacon: $0.84
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.08 
This was the last year that a pound of sliced bacon was less than a dollar — not adjusting for inflation. It's also the year that the McDonald's unveiled the Egg McMuffin, likely leading to an increase in bacon popularity, demand, and price in the years to come.

1973
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1973

Cost of Bacon: $1.16
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6.60

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1974

Cost of Bacon: $1.15
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.90

1975
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1975

Cost of Bacon: $1.55
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $7.28 
Bacon prices hit a record high in 1975 with numbers not seen since 1947. Inflation during the mid-1970s is likely to blame for the price spike, which also happened for oil and other goods. The price was high even by today's standards. These were tough times for bacon lovers.

1976
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1976

Cost of Bacon: $1.51
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6.71

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1977

Cost of Bacon: $1.38
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.76

1978
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1978

Cost of Bacon: $1.59
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6.16 
Health concerns over the effects of sodium nitrite — the salt used to preserve, flavor, and color meats like bacon — rose after studies suggested it could be carcinogenic. The news surely had an impact on bacon sales, but prices wouldn't dip for another couple years.

1979
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1979

Cost of Bacon: $1.48
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.15

1980
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1981
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1981

Cost of Bacon: $1.62
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.50

1982
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1982

Cost of Bacon: $1.99
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.21

1983
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1983

Cost of Bacon: $1.95
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.95

1984
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1984

Cost of Bacon: $1.91
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.65

1985
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1985

Cost of Bacon: $1.98
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.65

1986
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1986

Cost of Bacon: $2.12
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.89
The mid-1980s saw bacon prices finally crest above the $2 mark, which likely accounted for some sticker shock at the supermarket for bacon fans. But did that stop us from buying it? No way.

1987
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1987

Cost of Bacon: $2.23
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.96
The healthy, low-fat trends of the '80s were especially hard on the pork industry, so the Pork Marketing Board launched "The Other White Meat" ad campaign to encourage people to eat leaner cuts of meat. The campaign worked, but bacon — still considered too fatty — suffered. Prices dropped dramatically. Meatpackers were even encouraged to sell stockpiled frozen pork bellies as food aid to impoverished countries.

1988
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1988

Cost of Bacon: $1.97
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.21

1989
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1989

Cost of Bacon: $1.87
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $3.81 
The price of bacon hit a record low in 1989 — good news for eaters, bad news for the industry. Pork producers urged the Pork Board marketers to lend a hand, encouraging restaurants to incorporate more bacon into their menus.

1990
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1990

Cost of Bacon: $2.21
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.27

1991
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1991

Cost of Bacon: $2.34
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.34

1992
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1992

Cost of Bacon: $2.04
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $3.68
Just as bacon prices dipped low again, fast food giant Hardee's unveiled the Frisco Burger — a line of San Francisco-inspired sandwiches that all featured bacon. It's considered the first time a fast food company put bacon on everything. Not surprisingly, it was a hit. Other fast food companies followed Hardee's lead with more bacon options, but only for limited-time offers, as cooking bacon on-site required costly cleaning and ventilation.

1993
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1993

Cost of Bacon: $2.16
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $3.78

1994
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1994

Cost of Bacon: $2.30
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $3.92

Wendy's Baconator
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1995

Cost of Bacon: $2.34
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $3.88
Great strides in precooked-bacon technology during the early '90s made it much easier for fast food companies to add bacon to their sandwiches. As a result, McDonald's launched the Bacon Double Cheeseburger and Quarter Pounder BLT, followed by Burger King's Whopper with bacon and Wendy's Baconator. The trend set in motion bacon's rise in popularity and prices increased with demand.

1996
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1996

Cost of Bacon: $2.90
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.67

1997
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1997

Cost of Bacon: $3.20
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.04

1998
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1998

Cost of Bacon: $2.96
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.59

1999
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1999

Cost of Bacon: $2.95
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.48

2000
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2000

Cost of Bacon: $3.46
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.08
After a few years of lower prices, bacon returned to its status as America's favorite topping. At the same time, kale and healthy smoothies became increasingly popular, which prompted a counter-trend of bacon-lovers looking to indulge with even more bacon.

2001
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2001

Cost of Bacon: $3.60
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.14

2002
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2002

Cost of Bacon: $3.63
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.10 
Cookbook author Sara Perry releases "Everything Tastes Better With Bacon," in May 2002, and America agrees in a big way, seeming to take the title as a call to action. Despite the continued rising cost of bacon, we begin to see bacon everywhere — from bacon ice cream to bacon-topped doughnuts.

2003
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2003

Cost of Bacon: $3.83
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.26

2004
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2004

Cost of Bacon: $4.13
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.53

2005
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2005

Cost of Bacon: $4.09
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.29
While bacon was occasionally used by high-end restaurants — maybe to wrap scallops — bacon was mostly relegated to breakfast and fast food. That began to change in the mid-aughts when notable chefs like David Chang and Mario Batali began singing the praises of pork belly and bacon. No longer satisfied with just supermarket bacon, consumers began demanding — and buying — artisanal, thick-cut bacon from venerable producers like Niman Ranch and Nueske's.

2006
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2006

Cost of Bacon: $4.15
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.20

2007
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2007

Cost of Bacon: $4.31
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.25

2008
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2008

Cost of Bacon: $4.28
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.02

2009
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2009

Cost of Bacon: $4.21
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.96
While you might think the Great Recession contributed to a drop in bacon prices, it was most likely a result of the growing price of corn. Often following a period of drought, increases in the price of corn — the primary source of feed for hogs — pushed farms to send more animals to slaughter to keep costs low. As a result, the market sees an abundance of pork products, including bacon, and prices drop.

2010
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2010

Cost of Bacon: $5.25 
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.17
The price of a pound of bacon jumps past the $5 mark, even without adjusting for inflation. And America's bacon obsession shows no sign of slowing.

2011
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2011

Cost of Bacon: $5.14
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.78

2012
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2012

Cost of Bacon: $5.22
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.75
Adjusting for inflation, the price of bacon dipped slightly from 2011 to 2012, a trend again attributed to the rising cost of corn and a glut of bacon on the market, as well as a general slowing of the inflation rate.

2013
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2013

Cost of Bacon: $5.53
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6

2014
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2014

Cost of Bacon: $5.84
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $6.24
Pork prices surged in 2014 after a virus wiped out more than 8 million piglets, according to Bloomberg News. In response, farms increased production for the year to come, helping to bring prices back down — if only slightly.

2015
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2015

Cost of Bacon: $5.48
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.84

2016
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2016

Cost of Bacon: $5.49
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.78

2017
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2017

Cost of Bacon: $5.81
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $5.99 
As Americans love affair with bacon continues, the country’s 60,000 pig farmers struggle to keep up with demand. Even reserves of frozen pork belly are at a six-decade low, which in turn has led to another spike in the price of bacon as our demand grows.

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2018

Cost of Bacon: $4.87 
Inflation-Adjusted Cost: $4.90
Following a steady rise over the past two decades, bacon prices finally dropped to levels not seen in years — much to the joy of bacon lovers everywhere. The drop is largely attributed to the hog industry’s fervent expansion over the past few years in an effort to keep up with consumer demand. Bacon prices also often drop slightly around spring as many people shop for ham for Easter instead. Hopefully, bacon prices will continue to stabilize for the coming years — 2019 prices have been hovering just below the $5 mark — that is, assuming we don’t devise even crazier ways of eating more bacon.