$6 in 1789 → $161.41 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, prices in 2014 are 2,590.18% higher than prices in 1789. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.47% per year during this period.

In other words, $6 in 1789 is equivalent in purchasing power to $161.41 in 2014, a difference of $155.41 over 225 years.

The 1789 inflation rate was -1.12%. The inflation rate in 2014 was 1.62%. The 2014 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.59% per year between 2014 and 2018.


Inflation from 1789 to 2014
Cumulative price change 2590.18%
Average inflation rate 1.47%
Converted amount ($6 base) $161.41
Price difference ($6 base) $155.41
CPI in 1789 8.8
CPI in 2014 236.736
Inflation in 1789 -1.12%
Inflation in 2014 1.62%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


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 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 USD Value Inflation Rate
1789 $6.00 -1.12%
1790 $6.27 4.55%
1791 $6.41 2.17%
1792 $6.55 2.13%
1793 $6.75 3.13%
1794 $7.50 11.11%
1795 $8.59 14.55%
1796 $9.00 4.76%
1797 $8.66 -3.79%
1798 $8.39 -3.15%
1799 $8.39 0.00%
1800 $8.59 2.44%
1801 $8.66 0.79%
1802 $7.30 -15.75%
1803 $7.70 5.61%
1804 $8.05 4.42%
1805 $7.98 -0.85%
1806 $8.32 4.27%
1807 $7.91 -4.92%
1808 $8.59 8.62%
1809 $8.39 -2.38%
1810 $8.39 0.00%
1811 $8.93 6.50%
1812 $9.07 1.53%
1813 $10.91 20.30%
1814 $12.00 10.00%
1815 $10.50 -12.50%
1816 $9.61 -8.44%
1817 $9.07 -5.67%
1818 $8.66 -4.51%
1819 $8.66 0.00%
1820 $7.98 -7.87%
1821 $7.70 -3.42%
1822 $7.98 3.54%
1823 $7.16 -10.26%
1824 $6.61 -7.62%
1825 $6.75 2.06%
1826 $6.75 0.00%
1827 $6.82 1.01%
1828 $6.48 -5.00%
1829 $6.34 -2.11%
1830 $6.27 -1.08%
1831 $5.93 -5.43%
1832 $5.86 -1.15%
1833 $5.73 -2.33%
1834 $5.86 2.38%
1835 $6.00 2.33%
1836 $6.34 5.68%
1837 $6.55 3.23%
1838 $6.34 -3.12%
1839 $6.34 0.00%
1840 $5.93 -6.45%
1841 $5.93 0.00%
1842 $5.59 -5.75%
1843 $5.05 -9.76%
1844 $5.11 1.35%
1845 $5.18 1.33%
1846 $5.25 1.32%
1847 $5.59 6.49%
1848 $5.39 -3.66%
1849 $5.25 -2.53%
1850 $5.32 1.30%
1851 $5.25 -1.28%
1852 $5.25 0.00%
1853 $5.25 0.00%
1854 $5.73 9.09%
1855 $5.93 3.57%
1856 $5.80 -2.30%
1857 $5.93 2.35%
1858 $5.59 -5.75%
1859 $5.66 1.22%
1860 $5.66 0.00%
1861 $6.00 6.02%
1862 $6.89 14.77%
1863 $8.59 24.75%
1864 $10.70 24.60%
1865 $11.11 3.82%
1866 $10.84 -2.45%
1867 $10.09 -6.92%
1868 $9.68 -4.05%
1869 $9.27 -4.23%
1870 $8.93 -3.68%
1871 $8.32 -6.87%
1872 $8.32 0.00%
1873 $8.18 -1.64%
1874 $7.77 -5.00%
1875 $7.50 -3.51%
1876 $7.30 -2.73%
1877 $7.16 -1.87%
1878 $6.82 -4.76%
1879 $6.82 0.00%
1880 $6.95 2.00%
1881 $6.95 0.00%
1882 $6.95 0.00%
1883 $6.89 -0.98%
1884 $6.68 -2.97%
1885 $6.61 -1.02%
1886 $6.41 -3.09%
1887 $6.48 1.06%
1888 $6.48 0.00%
1889 $6.27 -3.16%
1890 $6.20 -1.09%
1891 $6.20 0.00%
1892 $6.20 0.00%
1893 $6.14 -1.10%
1894 $5.86 -4.44%
1895 $5.73 -2.33%
1896 $5.73 0.00%
1897 $5.66 -1.19%
1898 $5.66 0.00%
1899 $5.66 0.00%
1900 $5.73 1.20%
1901 $5.80 1.19%
1902 $5.86 1.18%
1903 $6.00 2.33%
1904 $6.07 1.14%
1905 $6.00 -1.12%
1906 $6.14 2.27%
1907 $6.41 4.44%
1908 $6.27 -2.13%
1909 $6.20 -1.09%
1910 $6.48 4.40%
1911 $6.48 0.00%
1912 $6.61 2.11%
1913 $6.75 2.06%
1914 $6.82 1.01%
1915 $6.89 1.00%
1916 $7.43 7.92%
1917 $8.73 17.43%
1918 $10.30 17.97%
1919 $11.80 14.57%
1920 $13.64 15.61%
1921 $12.20 -10.50%
1922 $11.45 -6.15%
1923 $11.66 1.79%
1924 $11.66 0.00%
1925 $11.93 2.34%
1926 $12.07 1.14%
1927 $11.86 -1.69%
1928 $11.66 -1.72%
1929 $11.66 0.00%
1930 $11.39 -2.34%
1931 $10.36 -8.98%
1932 $9.34 -9.87%
1933 $8.86 -5.11%
1934 $9.14 3.08%
1935 $9.34 2.24%
1936 $9.48 1.46%
1937 $9.82 3.60%
1938 $9.61 -2.08%
1939 $9.48 -1.42%
1940 $9.55 0.72%
1941 $10.02 5.00%
1942 $11.11 10.88%
1943 $11.80 6.13%
1944 $12.00 1.73%
1945 $12.27 2.27%
1946 $13.30 8.33%
1947 $15.20 14.36%
1948 $16.43 8.07%
1949 $16.23 -1.24%
1950 $16.43 1.26%
1951 $17.73 7.88%
1952 $18.07 1.92%
1953 $18.20 0.75%
1954 $18.34 0.75%
1955 $18.27 -0.37%
1956 $18.55 1.49%
1957 $19.16 3.31%
1958 $19.70 2.85%
1959 $19.84 0.69%
1960 $20.18 1.72%
1961 $20.39 1.01%
1962 $20.59 1.00%
1963 $20.86 1.32%
1964 $21.14 1.31%
1965 $21.48 1.61%
1966 $22.09 2.86%
1967 $22.77 3.09%
1968 $23.73 4.19%
1969 $25.02 5.46%
1970 $26.45 5.72%
1971 $27.61 4.38%
1972 $28.50 3.21%
1973 $30.27 6.22%
1974 $33.61 11.04%
1975 $36.68 9.13%
1976 $38.80 5.76%
1977 $41.32 6.50%
1978 $44.45 7.59%
1979 $49.50 11.35%
1980 $56.18 13.50%
1981 $61.98 10.32%
1982 $65.80 6.16%
1983 $67.91 3.21%
1984 $70.84 4.32%
1985 $73.36 3.56%
1986 $74.73 1.86%
1987 $77.45 3.65%
1988 $80.66 4.14%
1989 $84.55 4.82%
1990 $89.11 5.40%
1991 $92.86 4.21%
1992 $95.66 3.01%
1993 $98.52 2.99%
1994 $101.05 2.56%
1995 $103.91 2.83%
1996 $106.98 2.95%
1997 $109.43 2.29%
1998 $111.14 1.56%
1999 $113.59 2.21%
2000 $117.41 3.36%
2001 $120.75 2.85%
2002 $122.66 1.58%
2003 $125.45 2.28%
2004 $128.80 2.66%
2005 $133.16 3.39%
2006 $137.45 3.23%
2007 $141.37 2.85%
2008 $146.80 3.84%
2009 $146.28 -0.36%
2010 $148.67 1.64%
2011 $153.37 3.16%
2012 $156.54 2.07%
2013 $158.83 1.46%
2014 $161.41 1.62%
2015 $161.60 0.12%
2016 $163.64 1.26%
2017 $167.13 2.13%
2018 $171.92 2.87%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also 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 13,548.65%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $155.41 and total percent change of 2,590.18%.


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 1789 and 2014.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.47% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $6 in 1789 → 2014
Food 3.22 123,813.97 7,434.84
Shelter 4.16 963,093.43 57,791.61
Energy 4.35 1,448,334.56 86,906.07
Apparel 2.15 11,841.73 716.50
New vehicles 1.19 1,325.98 85.56
Used cars and trucks 0.94 726.62 49.60
Transportation services 3.39 182,516.44 10,956.99
Medical care services 5.23 9,610,313.40 576,624.80
Medical care commodities 4.42 1,697,514.52 101,856.87

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.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $6, 1789 to 2014

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2014CPI in 1789
×
1789 USD value
=
2014 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.8 in the year 1789 and 236.736 in 2014:

236.7368.8
×
$6
=
$161.41

$6 in 1789 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $161.41 in 2014.

To get the total inflation rate for the 225 years between 1789 and 2014, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2014 - CPI in 1789CPI in 1789
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (225 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

236.736 - 8.88.8
×
100
=
2,590%

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

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, 17 Oct. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1789-dollars-in-2014?amount=6.

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


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