$6 in 1789 → $153.46 in 2014

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $6 in 1789 to 2014

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 2,457.67% higher than prices in 1789.

In other words, $6 in 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%
Converted amount ($6 base) $153.46
Price difference ($6 base) $147.46
CPI in 2014 236.736


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


CPI is the weighted combination of many categories. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1789 and 2014.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.45% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) $6 in 1789 → 2014
Food 3.22 7,434.84
Shelter 4.16 57,791.61
Energy 4.35 86,906.07
Apparel 2.15 716.50
New vehicles 1.19 85.56
Used cars and trucks 0.94 49.60
Transportation services 3.39 10,956.99
Medical care services 5.23 576,624.80
Medical care commodities 4.42 101,856.87

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1789. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.


Inflation rates for specific categories

Bread · Wine at home · Baby food · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

S&P 500 price · S&P 500 earnings · Shiller P/E

Buying power of $6 since 1789

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $6 in 1789 (price index tracking began in 1913).

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 USD Value Inflation Rate
1789 $6.00 -
1790 $6.12 2.04%
1791 $6.37 4.00%
1792 $6.49 1.92%
1793 $6.73 3.77%
1794 $7.35 9.09%
1795 $8.45 15.00%
1796 $8.94 5.80%
1797 $8.57 -4.11%
1798 $8.33 -2.86%
1799 $8.33 0.00%
1800 $8.45 1.47%
1801 $8.57 1.45%
1802 $7.22 -15.71%
1803 $7.59 5.08%
1804 $7.96 4.84%
1805 $7.96 0.00%
1806 $8.20 3.08%
1807 $7.84 -4.48%
1808 $8.45 7.81%
1809 $8.33 -1.45%
1810 $8.33 0.00%
1811 $8.94 7.35%
1812 $9.06 1.37%
1813 $10.78 18.92%
1814 $11.88 10.23%
1815 $10.41 -12.37%
1816 $9.43 -9.41%
1817 $9.06 -3.90%
1818 $8.57 -5.41%
1819 $8.57 0.00%
1820 $7.96 -7.14%
1821 $7.59 -4.62%
1822 $7.96 4.84%
1823 $7.10 -10.77%
1824 $6.49 -8.62%
1825 $6.73 3.77%
1826 $6.73 0.00%
1827 $6.73 0.00%
1828 $6.37 -5.45%
1829 $6.24 -1.92%
1830 $6.24 0.00%
1831 $5.88 -5.88%
1832 $5.76 -2.08%
1833 $5.76 0.00%
1834 $5.76 0.00%
1835 $6.00 4.26%
1836 $6.24 4.08%
1837 $6.49 3.92%
1838 $6.24 -3.77%
1839 $6.24 0.00%
1840 $5.88 -5.88%
1841 $5.88 0.00%
1842 $5.51 -6.25%
1843 $5.02 -8.89%
1844 $5.02 0.00%
1845 $5.14 2.44%
1846 $5.14 0.00%
1847 $5.63 9.52%
1848 $5.27 -6.52%
1849 $5.14 -2.33%
1850 $5.27 2.38%
1851 $5.14 -2.33%
1852 $5.27 2.38%
1853 $5.27 0.00%
1854 $5.76 9.30%
1855 $5.88 2.13%
1856 $5.76 -2.08%
1857 $5.88 2.13%
1858 $5.63 -4.17%
1859 $5.63 0.00%
1860 $5.63 0.00%
1861 $6.00 6.52%
1862 $6.86 14.29%
1863 $8.45 23.21%
1864 $10.65 26.09%
1865 $11.02 3.45%
1866 $10.78 -2.22%
1867 $10.04 -6.82%
1868 $9.55 -4.88%
1869 $9.18 -3.85%
1870 $8.82 -4.00%
1871 $8.20 -6.94%
1872 $8.20 0.00%
1873 $8.08 -1.49%
1874 $7.71 -4.55%
1875 $7.35 -4.76%
1876 $7.22 -1.67%
1877 $7.10 -1.69%
1878 $6.73 -5.17%
1879 $6.73 0.00%
1880 $6.98 3.64%
1881 $6.98 0.00%
1882 $6.98 0.00%
1883 $6.86 -1.75%
1884 $6.61 -3.57%
1885 $6.49 -1.85%
1886 $6.37 -1.89%
1887 $6.37 0.00%
1888 $6.37 0.00%
1889 $6.24 -1.92%
1890 $6.12 -1.96%
1891 $6.12 0.00%
1892 $6.12 0.00%
1893 $6.12 0.00%
1894 $5.76 -6.00%
1895 $5.76 0.00%
1896 $5.76 0.00%
1897 $5.63 -2.13%
1898 $5.63 0.00%
1899 $5.63 0.00%
1900 $5.76 2.17%
1901 $5.76 0.00%
1902 $5.76 0.00%
1903 $6.00 4.26%
1904 $6.00 0.00%
1905 $6.00 0.00%
1906 $6.12 2.04%
1907 $6.37 4.00%
1908 $6.24 -1.92%
1909 $6.12 -1.96%
1910 $6.37 4.00%
1911 $6.37 0.00%
1912 $6.49 1.92%
1913 $6.42 -1.08%
1914 $6.48 1.01%
1915 $6.55 1.00%
1916 $7.07 7.92%
1917 $8.30 17.43%
1918 $9.79 17.97%
1919 $11.21 14.57%
1920 $12.96 15.61%
1921 $11.60 -10.50%
1922 $10.89 -6.15%
1923 $11.08 1.79%
1924 $11.08 0.00%
1925 $11.34 2.34%
1926 $11.47 1.14%
1927 $11.28 -1.69%
1928 $11.08 -1.72%
1929 $11.08 0.00%
1930 $10.83 -2.34%
1931 $9.85 -8.98%
1932 $8.88 -9.87%
1933 $8.43 -5.11%
1934 $8.69 3.08%
1935 $8.88 2.24%
1936 $9.01 1.46%
1937 $9.33 3.60%
1938 $9.14 -2.08%
1939 $9.01 -1.42%
1940 $9.08 0.72%
1941 $9.53 5.00%
1942 $10.57 10.88%
1943 $11.21 6.13%
1944 $11.41 1.73%
1945 $11.67 2.27%
1946 $12.64 8.33%
1947 $14.46 14.36%
1948 $15.62 8.07%
1949 $15.43 -1.24%
1950 $15.62 1.26%
1951 $16.85 7.88%
1952 $17.18 1.92%
1953 $17.31 0.75%
1954 $17.44 0.75%
1955 $17.37 -0.37%
1956 $17.63 1.49%
1957 $18.22 3.31%
1958 $18.73 2.85%
1959 $18.86 0.69%
1960 $19.19 1.72%
1961 $19.38 1.01%
1962 $19.58 1.00%
1963 $19.84 1.32%
1964 $20.09 1.31%
1965 $20.42 1.61%
1966 $21.00 2.86%
1967 $21.65 3.09%
1968 $22.56 4.19%
1969 $23.79 5.46%
1970 $25.15 5.72%
1971 $26.25 4.38%
1972 $27.10 3.21%
1973 $28.78 6.22%
1974 $31.96 11.04%
1975 $34.87 9.13%
1976 $36.88 5.76%
1977 $39.28 6.50%
1978 $42.26 7.59%
1979 $47.06 11.35%
1980 $53.41 13.50%
1981 $58.92 10.32%
1982 $62.55 6.16%
1983 $64.56 3.21%
1984 $67.35 4.32%
1985 $69.75 3.56%
1986 $71.05 1.86%
1987 $73.64 3.65%
1988 $76.68 4.14%
1989 $80.38 4.82%
1990 $84.72 5.40%
1991 $88.29 4.21%
1992 $90.95 3.01%
1993 $93.67 2.99%
1994 $96.07 2.56%
1995 $98.79 2.83%
1996 $101.71 2.95%
1997 $104.04 2.29%
1998 $105.66 1.56%
1999 $107.99 2.21%
2000 $111.62 3.36%
2001 $114.80 2.85%
2002 $116.61 1.58%
2003 $119.27 2.28%
2004 $122.45 2.66%
2005 $126.60 3.39%
2006 $130.68 3.23%
2007 $134.40 2.85%
2008 $139.56 3.84%
2009 $139.07 -0.36%
2010 $141.35 1.64%
2011 $145.81 3.16%
2012 $148.83 2.07%
2013 $151.01 1.46%
2014 $153.46 1.62%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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 can vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £6.00 in 1789 would be equivalent to £818.92 in 2014, an absolute change of £812.92 and a cumulative change of 13,648.65%.

Compare these numbers to the US's absolute change of $147.46 and percent change of 2,457.67%.


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: “$6 in 1789 → 2014 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1789-dollars-in-2014?amount=6.

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