$6 in 1789 → $153.46 in 2014

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1789-2014 ($6)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.45% per year. Prices in 2014 are 2457.7% higher than prices in 1789.

In other words, $6 in the year 1789 is equivalent in purchasing power to $153.46 in 2014, a difference of $147.46 over 225 years.

The inflation rate in 2014 was 1.62%.

Inflation from 1789 to 2014
Cumulative price change 2457.67%
Average inflation rate 1.45%
Price difference ($6 base) $147.46
CPI in 2014 236.736

U.S. inflation chart since 1665

Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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News headlines from 1789

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

  • George Washington is elected President and John Adams is elected Vice-President by the first US Electoral College.
  • William Wilberforce proposes the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom House of Commons.
  • The fall of the Bastille Prison marks the beginning of the French Revolution

Inflation Data Source

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.

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