$30 in 1785 → $758.10 in 2017

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$30 in 1785 → $758.10 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $30 in 1785 to 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2017 are 2,427.01% higher than average prices throughout 1785. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.40% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, $30 in 1785 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $758.10 in 2017, a difference of $728.10 over 232 years.

The 1785 inflation rate was -4.90%. The inflation rate in 2017 was 2.13%. The 2017 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.35% per year between 2017 and 2019.


Inflation from 1785 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2,427.01%
Average inflation rate 1.40%
Converted amount ($30 base) $758.10
Price difference ($30 base) $728.10
CPI in 1785 9.700
CPI in 2017 245.120
Inflation in 1785 -4.90%
Inflation in 2017 2.13%

U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Buying power of $30 in 1785

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for $30 in 1785 (price index tracking began in 1635).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1785 $30.00 -4.90%
1786 $29.38 -2.06%
1787 $28.76 -2.11%
1788 $27.53 -4.30%
1789 $27.22 -1.12%
1790 $28.45 4.55%
1791 $29.07 2.17%
1792 $29.69 2.13%
1793 $30.62 3.13%
1794 $34.02 11.11%
1795 $38.97 14.55%
1796 $40.82 4.76%
1797 $39.28 -3.79%
1798 $38.04 -3.15%
1799 $38.04 0.00%
1800 $38.97 2.44%
1801 $39.28 0.79%
1802 $33.09 -15.75%
1803 $34.95 5.61%
1804 $36.49 4.42%
1805 $36.19 -0.85%
1806 $37.73 4.27%
1807 $35.88 -4.92%
1808 $38.97 8.62%
1809 $38.04 -2.38%
1810 $38.04 0.00%
1811 $40.52 6.50%
1812 $41.13 1.53%
1813 $49.48 20.30%
1814 $54.43 10.00%
1815 $47.63 -12.50%
1816 $43.61 -8.44%
1817 $41.13 -5.67%
1818 $39.28 -4.51%
1819 $39.28 0.00%
1820 $36.19 -7.87%
1821 $34.95 -3.42%
1822 $36.19 3.54%
1823 $32.47 -10.26%
1824 $30.00 -7.62%
1825 $30.62 2.06%
1826 $30.62 0.00%
1827 $30.93 1.01%
1828 $29.38 -5.00%
1829 $28.76 -2.11%
1830 $28.45 -1.08%
1831 $26.91 -5.43%
1832 $26.60 -1.15%
1833 $25.98 -2.33%
1834 $26.60 2.38%
1835 $27.22 2.33%
1836 $28.76 5.68%
1837 $29.69 3.23%
1838 $28.76 -3.12%
1839 $28.76 0.00%
1840 $26.91 -6.45%
1841 $26.91 0.00%
1842 $25.36 -5.75%
1843 $22.89 -9.76%
1844 $23.20 1.35%
1845 $23.51 1.33%
1846 $23.81 1.32%
1847 $25.36 6.49%
1848 $24.43 -3.66%
1849 $23.81 -2.53%
1850 $24.12 1.30%
1851 $23.81 -1.28%
1852 $23.81 0.00%
1853 $23.81 0.00%
1854 $25.98 9.09%
1855 $26.91 3.57%
1856 $26.29 -2.30%
1857 $26.91 2.35%
1858 $25.36 -5.75%
1859 $25.67 1.22%
1860 $25.67 0.00%
1861 $27.22 6.02%
1862 $31.24 14.77%
1863 $38.97 24.75%
1864 $48.56 24.60%
1865 $50.41 3.82%
1866 $49.18 -2.45%
1867 $45.77 -6.92%
1868 $43.92 -4.05%
1869 $42.06 -4.23%
1870 $40.52 -3.68%
1871 $37.73 -6.87%
1872 $37.73 0.00%
1873 $37.11 -1.64%
1874 $35.26 -5.00%
1875 $34.02 -3.51%
1876 $33.09 -2.73%
1877 $32.47 -1.87%
1878 $30.93 -4.76%
1879 $30.93 0.00%
1880 $31.55 2.00%
1881 $31.55 0.00%
1882 $31.55 0.00%
1883 $31.24 -0.98%
1884 $30.31 -2.97%
1885 $30.00 -1.02%
1886 $29.07 -3.09%
1887 $29.38 1.06%
1888 $29.38 0.00%
1889 $28.45 -3.16%
1890 $28.14 -1.09%
1891 $28.14 0.00%
1892 $28.14 0.00%
1893 $27.84 -1.10%
1894 $26.60 -4.44%
1895 $25.98 -2.33%
1896 $25.98 0.00%
1897 $25.67 -1.19%
1898 $25.67 0.00%
1899 $25.67 0.00%
1900 $25.98 1.20%
1901 $26.29 1.19%
1902 $26.60 1.18%
1903 $27.22 2.33%
1904 $27.53 1.14%
1905 $27.22 -1.12%
1906 $27.84 2.27%
1907 $29.07 4.44%
1908 $28.45 -2.13%
1909 $28.14 -1.09%
1910 $29.38 4.40%
1911 $29.38 0.00%
1912 $30.00 2.11%
1913 $30.62 2.06%
1914 $30.93 1.01%
1915 $31.24 1.00%
1916 $33.71 7.92%
1917 $39.59 17.43%
1918 $46.70 17.97%
1919 $53.51 14.57%
1920 $61.86 15.61%
1921 $55.36 -10.50%
1922 $51.96 -6.15%
1923 $52.89 1.79%
1924 $52.89 0.00%
1925 $54.12 2.34%
1926 $54.74 1.14%
1927 $53.81 -1.69%
1928 $52.89 -1.72%
1929 $52.89 0.00%
1930 $51.65 -2.34%
1931 $47.01 -8.98%
1932 $42.37 -9.87%
1933 $40.21 -5.11%
1934 $41.44 3.08%
1935 $42.37 2.24%
1936 $42.99 1.46%
1937 $44.54 3.60%
1938 $43.61 -2.08%
1939 $42.99 -1.42%
1940 $43.30 0.72%
1941 $45.46 5.00%
1942 $50.41 10.88%
1943 $53.51 6.13%
1944 $54.43 1.73%
1945 $55.67 2.27%
1946 $60.31 8.33%
1947 $68.97 14.36%
1948 $74.54 8.07%
1949 $73.61 -1.24%
1950 $74.54 1.26%
1951 $80.41 7.88%
1952 $81.96 1.92%
1953 $82.58 0.75%
1954 $83.20 0.75%
1955 $82.89 -0.37%
1956 $84.12 1.49%
1957 $86.91 3.31%
1958 $89.38 2.85%
1959 $90.00 0.69%
1960 $91.55 1.72%
1961 $92.47 1.01%
1962 $93.40 1.00%
1963 $94.64 1.32%
1964 $95.88 1.31%
1965 $97.42 1.61%
1966 $100.21 2.86%
1967 $103.30 3.09%
1968 $107.63 4.19%
1969 $113.51 5.46%
1970 $120.00 5.72%
1971 $125.26 4.38%
1972 $129.28 3.21%
1973 $137.32 6.22%
1974 $152.47 11.04%
1975 $166.39 9.13%
1976 $175.98 5.76%
1977 $187.42 6.50%
1978 $201.65 7.59%
1979 $224.54 11.35%
1980 $254.85 13.50%
1981 $281.13 10.32%
1982 $298.45 6.16%
1983 $308.04 3.21%
1984 $321.34 4.32%
1985 $332.78 3.56%
1986 $338.97 1.86%
1987 $351.34 3.65%
1988 $365.88 4.14%
1989 $383.51 4.82%
1990 $404.23 5.40%
1991 $421.24 4.21%
1992 $433.92 3.01%
1993 $446.91 2.99%
1994 $458.35 2.56%
1995 $471.34 2.83%
1996 $485.26 2.95%
1997 $496.39 2.29%
1998 $504.12 1.56%
1999 $515.26 2.21%
2000 $532.58 3.36%
2001 $547.73 2.85%
2002 $556.39 1.58%
2003 $569.07 2.28%
2004 $584.23 2.66%
2005 $604.02 3.39%
2006 $623.51 3.23%
2007 $641.26 2.85%
2008 $665.89 3.84%
2009 $663.52 -0.36%
2010 $674.40 1.64%
2011 $695.69 3.16%
2012 $710.08 2.07%
2013 $720.49 1.46%
2014 $732.17 1.62%
2015 $733.04 0.12%
2016 $742.29 1.26%
2017 $758.10 2.13%
2018 $776.62 2.44%
2019 $794.10 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £30.00 in 1785 would be equivalent to £4,478.75 in 2017, an absolute change of £4,448.75 and a cumulative change of 14,829.17%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $728.10 and total percent change of 2,427.01%.


Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1785 and 2017.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.40% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $30 in 1785 → 2017
Food 3.15 133,625.53 40,117.66
Shelter 4.12 1,166,848.16 350,084.45
Energy 3.83 610,507.72 183,182.32
Apparel 2.07 11,523.75 3,487.12
New vehicles 1.09 1,149.60 374.88
Used cars and trucks 0.63 326.09 127.83
Transportation services 4.07 1,036,831.53 311,079.46
Medical care services 5.15 11,378,975.56 3,413,722.67
Medical care commodities 3.07 110,151.34 33,075.40

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1785. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $30, 1785 to 2017

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017CPI in 1785
×
1785 USD value
=
2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.7 in the year 1785 and 245.12 in 2017:

245.129.7
×
$30
=
$758.10

$30 in 1785 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $758.10 in 2017.

To get the total inflation rate for the 232 years between 1785 and 2017, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2017 - CPI in 1785CPI in 1785
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (232 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

245.12 - 9.79.7
×
100
=
2,427%

News headlines from 1785

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • The Times is published for the first time by John Walter of London
  • James Hutton's theory of uniformitarianism is read in public at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  • US currency named "dollar" and decimal coinage adopted by Congressional resolution

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$30 in 1785 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 16 Oct. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1785-dollars-in-2017?amount=30.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


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Inflation from 1785 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2,427.01%
Average inflation rate 1.40%
Converted amount ($30 base) $758.10
Price difference ($30 base) $728.10
CPI in 1785 9.700
CPI in 2017 245.120
Inflation in 1785 -4.90%
Inflation in 2017 2.13%
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