$100 in 1830 → $2,491.28 in 2016

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $100 in 1830 to 2016

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.74% per year. Prices in 2016 are 2,391.28% higher than prices in 1830.

In other words, $100 in 1830 is equivalent in purchasing power to $2,491.28 in 2016, a difference of $2,391.28 over 186 years.

The inflation rate in 2016 was 1.26%.

Inflation from 1830 to 2016
Cumulative price change 2391.28%
Average inflation rate 1.74%
Converted amount ($100 base) $2,491.28
Price difference ($100 base) $2,391.28
CPI in 2016 240.007


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 1830 and 2016.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.74% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) $100 in 1830 → 2016
Food 3.17 33,417.55
Shelter 4.13 186,363.47
Energy 3.76 95,764.18
Apparel 2.09 4,727.32
New vehicles 1.14 818.57
Used cars and trucks 0.76 411.31
Transportation services 3.34 44,677.74
Medical care services 5.18 1,201,358.60
Medical care commodities 4.38 290,043.51

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1830. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.


Inflation rates for specific categories

Bread · Chicago, Illinois · Bananas · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

Buying power of $100 since 1830

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $100 in 1830 (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
1830 $100.00 -
1831 $94.12 -5.88%
1832 $92.16 -2.08%
1833 $92.16 0.00%
1834 $92.16 0.00%
1835 $96.08 4.26%
1836 $100.00 4.08%
1837 $103.92 3.92%
1838 $100.00 -3.77%
1839 $100.00 0.00%
1840 $94.12 -5.88%
1841 $94.12 0.00%
1842 $88.24 -6.25%
1843 $80.39 -8.89%
1844 $80.39 0.00%
1845 $82.35 2.44%
1846 $82.35 0.00%
1847 $90.20 9.52%
1848 $84.31 -6.52%
1849 $82.35 -2.33%
1850 $84.31 2.38%
1851 $82.35 -2.33%
1852 $84.31 2.38%
1853 $84.31 0.00%
1854 $92.16 9.30%
1855 $94.12 2.13%
1856 $92.16 -2.08%
1857 $94.12 2.13%
1858 $90.20 -4.17%
1859 $90.20 0.00%
1860 $90.20 0.00%
1861 $96.08 6.52%
1862 $109.80 14.29%
1863 $135.29 23.21%
1864 $170.59 26.09%
1865 $176.47 3.45%
1866 $172.55 -2.22%
1867 $160.78 -6.82%
1868 $152.94 -4.88%
1869 $147.06 -3.85%
1870 $141.18 -4.00%
1871 $131.37 -6.94%
1872 $131.37 0.00%
1873 $129.41 -1.49%
1874 $123.53 -4.55%
1875 $117.65 -4.76%
1876 $115.69 -1.67%
1877 $113.73 -1.69%
1878 $107.84 -5.17%
1879 $107.84 0.00%
1880 $111.76 3.64%
1881 $111.76 0.00%
1882 $111.76 0.00%
1883 $109.80 -1.75%
1884 $105.88 -3.57%
1885 $103.92 -1.85%
1886 $101.96 -1.89%
1887 $101.96 0.00%
1888 $101.96 0.00%
1889 $100.00 -1.92%
1890 $98.04 -1.96%
1891 $98.04 0.00%
1892 $98.04 0.00%
1893 $98.04 0.00%
1894 $92.16 -6.00%
1895 $92.16 0.00%
1896 $92.16 0.00%
1897 $90.20 -2.13%
1898 $90.20 0.00%
1899 $90.20 0.00%
1900 $92.16 2.17%
1901 $92.16 0.00%
1902 $92.16 0.00%
1903 $96.08 4.26%
1904 $96.08 0.00%
1905 $96.08 0.00%
1906 $98.04 2.04%
1907 $101.96 4.00%
1908 $100.00 -1.92%
1909 $98.04 -1.96%
1910 $101.96 4.00%
1911 $101.96 0.00%
1912 $103.92 1.92%
1913 $102.76 -1.12%
1914 $103.80 1.01%
1915 $104.84 1.00%
1916 $113.14 7.92%
1917 $132.86 17.43%
1918 $156.74 17.97%
1919 $179.57 14.57%
1920 $207.60 15.61%
1921 $185.80 -10.50%
1922 $174.38 -6.15%
1923 $177.50 1.79%
1924 $177.50 0.00%
1925 $181.65 2.34%
1926 $183.73 1.14%
1927 $180.61 -1.69%
1928 $177.50 -1.72%
1929 $177.50 0.00%
1930 $173.35 -2.34%
1931 $157.78 -8.98%
1932 $142.21 -9.87%
1933 $134.94 -5.11%
1934 $139.09 3.08%
1935 $142.21 2.24%
1936 $144.28 1.46%
1937 $149.47 3.60%
1938 $146.36 -2.08%
1939 $144.28 -1.42%
1940 $145.32 0.72%
1941 $152.59 5.00%
1942 $169.19 10.88%
1943 $179.57 6.13%
1944 $182.69 1.73%
1945 $186.84 2.27%
1946 $202.41 8.33%
1947 $231.47 14.36%
1948 $250.16 8.07%
1949 $247.04 -1.24%
1950 $250.16 1.26%
1951 $269.88 7.88%
1952 $275.07 1.92%
1953 $277.15 0.75%
1954 $279.22 0.75%
1955 $278.18 -0.37%
1956 $282.34 1.49%
1957 $291.68 3.31%
1958 $299.98 2.85%
1959 $302.06 0.69%
1960 $307.25 1.72%
1961 $310.36 1.01%
1962 $313.48 1.00%
1963 $317.63 1.32%
1964 $321.78 1.31%
1965 $326.97 1.61%
1966 $336.31 2.86%
1967 $346.69 3.09%
1968 $361.22 4.19%
1969 $380.95 5.46%
1970 $402.74 5.72%
1971 $420.39 4.38%
1972 $433.88 3.21%
1973 $460.87 6.22%
1974 $511.73 11.04%
1975 $558.44 9.13%
1976 $590.62 5.76%
1977 $629.03 6.50%
1978 $676.78 7.59%
1979 $753.59 11.35%
1980 $855.31 13.50%
1981 $943.54 10.32%
1982 $1,001.67 6.16%
1983 $1,033.85 3.21%
1984 $1,078.48 4.32%
1985 $1,116.89 3.56%
1986 $1,137.65 1.86%
1987 $1,179.17 3.65%
1988 $1,227.96 4.14%
1989 $1,287.12 4.82%
1990 $1,356.67 5.40%
1991 $1,413.76 4.21%
1992 $1,456.32 3.01%
1993 $1,499.91 2.99%
1994 $1,538.32 2.56%
1995 $1,581.91 2.83%
1996 $1,628.62 2.95%
1997 $1,665.99 2.29%
1998 $1,691.94 1.56%
1999 $1,729.31 2.21%
2000 $1,787.44 3.36%
2001 $1,838.30 2.85%
2002 $1,867.36 1.58%
2003 $1,909.92 2.28%
2004 $1,960.78 2.66%
2005 $2,027.22 3.39%
2006 $2,092.61 3.23%
2007 $2,152.21 2.85%
2008 $2,234.85 3.84%
2009 $2,226.90 -0.36%
2010 $2,263.42 1.64%
2011 $2,334.87 3.16%
2012 $2,383.19 2.07%
2013 $2,418.10 1.46%
2014 $2,457.32 1.62%
2015 $2,460.24 0.12%
2016 $2,491.28 1.26%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1830

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

  • The Republic of Ecuador is founded.,Juan Jose Flores is its first president.
  • U.S. Congress authorizes the mass removal of native Indians from the eastern states to the western prairie.
  • France begins colonization in Algeria.
  • The US Railroad opens its first station in Baltimore

Inflation can vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1830 would be equivalent to £10,478.18 in 2016, an absolute change of £10,378.18 and a cumulative change of 10,478.18%.

Compare these numbers to the US's absolute change of $2,391.28 and percent change of 2,391.28%.


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: “1830 dollars in 2016 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1830-dollars-in-2016.

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


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