For Americans, bacon hasn’t always come cheap. In 2013, pork belly prices were at peak highs for the second time in three years. Many experts and publications then explained how this wasn't exactly true — that those who were blown away by the record-breaking peaks didn't take inflation into account. But Americans are still paying more for our side of bacon at breakfast than we were a decade ago, especially in the summer. According to The Atlantic, "the price of bacon has been higher in August than April in 24 out of the last 30 years."
With crispy bacon on the brain, MooseRoots, part of the Graphiq network, crunched the numbers to find the price of bacon in every year from 1940. MooseRoots used annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for "Bacon and Related Products" and the average recorded price of a pound of bacon in U.S. cities from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). They included the absolute price and the inflation-adjusted prices.
As you’ll see, Americans enjoyed the most affordable bacon in the late '90s through the 2000s when drought conditions drove up the price of corn, the main nourishment for pigs. According to USA Today, many farmers wanting to cut costs sent more hogs to slaughter, likely leading to an oversupply of pork. But recently the pig has bounced back to expensive heights, which some simply blame on demand. People have been going beyond simply enjoying a side of bacon here and there — now many put bacon in milkshakes, donuts and more.