$4,000 in 1819 → $74,048.55 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $4,000 in 1819 to 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.48% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1,751.21% higher than prices in 1819.

In other words, $4,000 in 1819 is equivalent in purchasing power to $74,048.55 in 2017, a difference of $70,048.55 over 198 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1819 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1751.21%
Average inflation rate 1.48%
Converted amount ($4,000 base) $74,048.55
Price difference ($4,000 base) $70,048.55
CPI in 2017 244.786


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 1819 and 2017.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.48% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) $4,000 in 1819 → 2017
Food 3.15 1,862,611.21
Shelter 4.12 11,832,544.24
Energy 3.83 6,816,635.84
Apparel 2.07 231,593.40
New vehicles 1.09 34,522.12
Used cars and trucks 0.63 13,781.78
Transportation services 3.34 2,675,148.38
Medical care services 5.15 82,639,137.76
Medical care commodities 4.35 18,266,209.23

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1819. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.


Inflation rates for specific categories

Gasoline (all types) · Women's apparel · Detroit, Michigan · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

Buying power of $4,000 since 1819

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $4,000 in 1819 (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
1819 $4,000.00 -
1820 $3,714.29 -7.14%
1821 $3,542.86 -4.62%
1822 $3,714.29 4.84%
1823 $3,314.29 -10.77%
1824 $3,028.57 -8.62%
1825 $3,142.86 3.77%
1826 $3,142.86 0.00%
1827 $3,142.86 0.00%
1828 $2,971.43 -5.45%
1829 $2,914.29 -1.92%
1830 $2,914.29 0.00%
1831 $2,742.86 -5.88%
1832 $2,685.71 -2.08%
1833 $2,685.71 0.00%
1834 $2,685.71 0.00%
1835 $2,800.00 4.26%
1836 $2,914.29 4.08%
1837 $3,028.57 3.92%
1838 $2,914.29 -3.77%
1839 $2,914.29 0.00%
1840 $2,742.86 -5.88%
1841 $2,742.86 0.00%
1842 $2,571.43 -6.25%
1843 $2,342.86 -8.89%
1844 $2,342.86 0.00%
1845 $2,400.00 2.44%
1846 $2,400.00 0.00%
1847 $2,628.57 9.52%
1848 $2,457.14 -6.52%
1849 $2,400.00 -2.33%
1850 $2,457.14 2.38%
1851 $2,400.00 -2.33%
1852 $2,457.14 2.38%
1853 $2,457.14 0.00%
1854 $2,685.71 9.30%
1855 $2,742.86 2.13%
1856 $2,685.71 -2.08%
1857 $2,742.86 2.13%
1858 $2,628.57 -4.17%
1859 $2,628.57 0.00%
1860 $2,628.57 0.00%
1861 $2,800.00 6.52%
1862 $3,200.00 14.29%
1863 $3,942.86 23.21%
1864 $4,971.43 26.09%
1865 $5,142.86 3.45%
1866 $5,028.57 -2.22%
1867 $4,685.71 -6.82%
1868 $4,457.14 -4.88%
1869 $4,285.71 -3.85%
1870 $4,114.29 -4.00%
1871 $3,828.57 -6.94%
1872 $3,828.57 0.00%
1873 $3,771.43 -1.49%
1874 $3,600.00 -4.55%
1875 $3,428.57 -4.76%
1876 $3,371.43 -1.67%
1877 $3,314.29 -1.69%
1878 $3,142.86 -5.17%
1879 $3,142.86 0.00%
1880 $3,257.14 3.64%
1881 $3,257.14 0.00%
1882 $3,257.14 0.00%
1883 $3,200.00 -1.75%
1884 $3,085.71 -3.57%
1885 $3,028.57 -1.85%
1886 $2,971.43 -1.89%
1887 $2,971.43 0.00%
1888 $2,971.43 0.00%
1889 $2,914.29 -1.92%
1890 $2,857.14 -1.96%
1891 $2,857.14 0.00%
1892 $2,857.14 0.00%
1893 $2,857.14 0.00%
1894 $2,685.71 -6.00%
1895 $2,685.71 0.00%
1896 $2,685.71 0.00%
1897 $2,628.57 -2.13%
1898 $2,628.57 0.00%
1899 $2,628.57 0.00%
1900 $2,685.71 2.17%
1901 $2,685.71 0.00%
1902 $2,685.71 0.00%
1903 $2,800.00 4.26%
1904 $2,800.00 0.00%
1905 $2,800.00 0.00%
1906 $2,857.14 2.04%
1907 $2,971.43 4.00%
1908 $2,914.29 -1.92%
1909 $2,857.14 -1.96%
1910 $2,971.43 4.00%
1911 $2,971.43 0.00%
1912 $3,028.57 1.92%
1913 $2,994.78 -1.12%
1914 $3,025.03 1.01%
1915 $3,055.28 1.00%
1916 $3,297.29 7.92%
1917 $3,872.04 17.43%
1918 $4,567.80 17.97%
1919 $5,233.31 14.57%
1920 $6,050.06 15.61%
1921 $5,414.81 -10.50%
1922 $5,082.05 -6.15%
1923 $5,172.80 1.79%
1924 $5,172.80 0.00%
1925 $5,293.81 2.34%
1926 $5,354.31 1.14%
1927 $5,263.56 -1.69%
1928 $5,172.80 -1.72%
1929 $5,172.80 0.00%
1930 $5,051.80 -2.34%
1931 $4,598.05 -8.98%
1932 $4,144.29 -9.87%
1933 $3,932.54 -5.11%
1934 $4,053.54 3.08%
1935 $4,144.29 2.24%
1936 $4,204.79 1.46%
1937 $4,356.05 3.60%
1938 $4,265.30 -2.08%
1939 $4,204.79 -1.42%
1940 $4,235.04 0.72%
1941 $4,446.80 5.00%
1942 $4,930.80 10.88%
1943 $5,233.31 6.13%
1944 $5,324.06 1.73%
1945 $5,445.06 2.27%
1946 $5,898.81 8.33%
1947 $6,745.82 14.36%
1948 $7,290.33 8.07%
1949 $7,199.58 -1.24%
1950 $7,290.33 1.26%
1951 $7,865.08 7.88%
1952 $8,016.34 1.92%
1953 $8,076.84 0.75%
1954 $8,137.34 0.75%
1955 $8,107.09 -0.37%
1956 $8,228.09 1.49%
1957 $8,500.34 3.31%
1958 $8,742.34 2.85%
1959 $8,802.84 0.69%
1960 $8,954.10 1.72%
1961 $9,044.85 1.01%
1962 $9,135.60 1.00%
1963 $9,256.60 1.32%
1964 $9,377.60 1.31%
1965 $9,528.85 1.61%
1966 $9,801.10 2.86%
1967 $10,103.61 3.09%
1968 $10,527.11 4.19%
1969 $11,101.87 5.46%
1970 $11,737.12 5.72%
1971 $12,251.38 4.38%
1972 $12,644.63 3.21%
1973 $13,431.14 6.22%
1974 $14,913.41 11.04%
1975 $16,274.67 9.13%
1976 $17,212.43 5.76%
1977 $18,331.69 6.50%
1978 $19,723.21 7.59%
1979 $21,961.73 11.35%
1980 $24,926.26 13.50%
1981 $27,497.54 10.32%
1982 $29,191.56 6.16%
1983 $30,129.32 3.21%
1984 $31,430.08 4.32%
1985 $32,549.35 3.56%
1986 $33,154.35 1.86%
1987 $34,364.37 3.65%
1988 $35,786.13 4.14%
1989 $37,510.40 4.82%
1990 $39,537.17 5.40%
1991 $41,200.94 4.21%
1992 $42,441.20 3.01%
1993 $43,711.71 2.99%
1994 $44,830.98 2.56%
1995 $46,101.49 2.83%
1996 $47,462.75 2.95%
1997 $48,551.77 2.29%
1998 $49,308.02 1.56%
1999 $50,397.04 2.21%
2000 $52,091.05 3.36%
2001 $53,573.32 2.85%
2002 $54,420.33 1.58%
2003 $55,660.59 2.28%
2004 $57,142.86 2.66%
2005 $59,078.88 3.39%
2006 $60,984.65 3.23%
2007 $62,721.62 2.85%
2008 $65,129.85 3.84%
2009 $64,898.13 -0.36%
2010 $65,962.64 1.64%
2011 $68,044.77 3.16%
2012 $69,452.92 2.07%
2013 $70,470.24 1.46%
2014 $71,613.40 1.62%
2015 $71,698.40 0.12%
2016 $72,602.89 1.26%
2017 $74,048.55 1.99%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1819

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

  • Sir Stamford Raffles arrives in Singapore
  • Singapore is turned into a British trading port by Sir Stamford Raffles.
  • Introduction of the first bicycles, known as "swift walkers", in New York

Inflation can vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £4,000.00 in 1819 would be equivalent to £333,218.60 in 2017, an absolute change of £329,218.60 and a cumulative change of 8,330.47%.

Compare these numbers to the US's absolute change of $70,048.55 and percent change of 1,751.21%.


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: “$4,000 in 1819 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1819-dollars-in-2017?amount=4000.

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


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