$195 in 1842 → $5,615.35 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $195 in 1842 to 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.94% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2,779.67% higher than prices in 1842.

In other words, $195 in 1842 is equivalent in purchasing power to $5,615.35 in 2017, a difference of $5,420.35 over 175 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1842 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2779.67%
Average inflation rate 1.94%
Converted amount ($195 base) $5,615.35
Price difference ($195 base) $5,420.35
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 1842 and 2017.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.94% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) $195 in 1842 → 2017
Food 3.15 44,480.58
Shelter 4.12 227,957.39
Energy 3.83 140,012.65
Apparel 2.07 7,046.06
New vehicles 1.09 1,310.21
Used cars and trucks 0.63 581.93
Transportation services 3.34 61,253.72
Medical care services 5.15 1,270,306.18
Medical care commodities 4.35 334,594.92

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1842. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.


Inflation rates for specific categories

Educational books and supplies · New trucks · Bread · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

Buying power of $195 since 1842

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $195 in 1842 (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
1842 $195.00 -
1843 $177.67 -8.89%
1844 $177.67 0.00%
1845 $182.00 2.44%
1846 $182.00 0.00%
1847 $199.33 9.52%
1848 $186.33 -6.52%
1849 $182.00 -2.33%
1850 $186.33 2.38%
1851 $182.00 -2.33%
1852 $186.33 2.38%
1853 $186.33 0.00%
1854 $203.67 9.30%
1855 $208.00 2.13%
1856 $203.67 -2.08%
1857 $208.00 2.13%
1858 $199.33 -4.17%
1859 $199.33 0.00%
1860 $199.33 0.00%
1861 $212.33 6.52%
1862 $242.67 14.29%
1863 $299.00 23.21%
1864 $377.00 26.09%
1865 $390.00 3.45%
1866 $381.33 -2.22%
1867 $355.33 -6.82%
1868 $338.00 -4.88%
1869 $325.00 -3.85%
1870 $312.00 -4.00%
1871 $290.33 -6.94%
1872 $290.33 0.00%
1873 $286.00 -1.49%
1874 $273.00 -4.55%
1875 $260.00 -4.76%
1876 $255.67 -1.67%
1877 $251.33 -1.69%
1878 $238.33 -5.17%
1879 $238.33 0.00%
1880 $247.00 3.64%
1881 $247.00 0.00%
1882 $247.00 0.00%
1883 $242.67 -1.75%
1884 $234.00 -3.57%
1885 $229.67 -1.85%
1886 $225.33 -1.89%
1887 $225.33 0.00%
1888 $225.33 0.00%
1889 $221.00 -1.92%
1890 $216.67 -1.96%
1891 $216.67 0.00%
1892 $216.67 0.00%
1893 $216.67 0.00%
1894 $203.67 -6.00%
1895 $203.67 0.00%
1896 $203.67 0.00%
1897 $199.33 -2.13%
1898 $199.33 0.00%
1899 $199.33 0.00%
1900 $203.67 2.17%
1901 $203.67 0.00%
1902 $203.67 0.00%
1903 $212.33 4.26%
1904 $212.33 0.00%
1905 $212.33 0.00%
1906 $216.67 2.04%
1907 $225.33 4.00%
1908 $221.00 -1.92%
1909 $216.67 -1.96%
1910 $225.33 4.00%
1911 $225.33 0.00%
1912 $229.67 1.92%
1913 $227.10 -1.12%
1914 $229.40 1.01%
1915 $231.69 1.00%
1916 $250.04 7.92%
1917 $293.63 17.43%
1918 $346.39 17.97%
1919 $396.86 14.57%
1920 $458.80 15.61%
1921 $410.62 -10.50%
1922 $385.39 -6.15%
1923 $392.27 1.79%
1924 $392.27 0.00%
1925 $401.45 2.34%
1926 $406.03 1.14%
1927 $399.15 -1.69%
1928 $392.27 -1.72%
1929 $392.27 0.00%
1930 $383.10 -2.34%
1931 $348.69 -8.98%
1932 $314.28 -9.87%
1933 $298.22 -5.11%
1934 $307.39 3.08%
1935 $314.28 2.24%
1936 $318.86 1.46%
1937 $330.33 3.60%
1938 $323.45 -2.08%
1939 $318.86 -1.42%
1940 $321.16 0.72%
1941 $337.22 5.00%
1942 $373.92 10.88%
1943 $396.86 6.13%
1944 $403.74 1.73%
1945 $412.92 2.27%
1946 $447.33 8.33%
1947 $511.56 14.36%
1948 $552.85 8.07%
1949 $545.97 -1.24%
1950 $552.85 1.26%
1951 $596.44 7.88%
1952 $607.91 1.92%
1953 $612.49 0.75%
1954 $617.08 0.75%
1955 $614.79 -0.37%
1956 $623.96 1.49%
1957 $644.61 3.31%
1958 $662.96 2.85%
1959 $667.55 0.69%
1960 $679.02 1.72%
1961 $685.90 1.01%
1962 $692.78 1.00%
1963 $701.96 1.32%
1964 $711.13 1.31%
1965 $722.60 1.61%
1966 $743.25 2.86%
1967 $766.19 3.09%
1968 $798.31 4.19%
1969 $841.89 5.46%
1970 $890.07 5.72%
1971 $929.06 4.38%
1972 $958.88 3.21%
1973 $1,018.53 6.22%
1974 $1,130.93 11.04%
1975 $1,234.16 9.13%
1976 $1,305.28 5.76%
1977 $1,390.15 6.50%
1978 $1,495.68 7.59%
1979 $1,665.43 11.35%
1980 $1,890.24 13.50%
1981 $2,085.23 10.32%
1982 $2,213.69 6.16%
1983 $2,284.81 3.21%
1984 $2,383.45 4.32%
1985 $2,468.33 3.56%
1986 $2,514.21 1.86%
1987 $2,605.96 3.65%
1988 $2,713.78 4.14%
1989 $2,844.54 4.82%
1990 $2,998.24 5.40%
1991 $3,124.40 4.21%
1992 $3,218.46 3.01%
1993 $3,314.81 2.99%
1994 $3,399.68 2.56%
1995 $3,496.03 2.83%
1996 $3,599.26 2.95%
1997 $3,681.84 2.29%
1998 $3,739.19 1.56%
1999 $3,821.78 2.21%
2000 $3,950.24 3.36%
2001 $4,062.64 2.85%
2002 $4,126.87 1.58%
2003 $4,220.93 2.28%
2004 $4,333.33 2.66%
2005 $4,480.15 3.39%
2006 $4,624.67 3.23%
2007 $4,756.39 2.85%
2008 $4,939.01 3.84%
2009 $4,921.44 -0.36%
2010 $5,002.17 1.64%
2011 $5,160.06 3.16%
2012 $5,266.85 2.07%
2013 $5,343.99 1.46%
2014 $5,430.68 1.62%
2015 $5,437.13 0.12%
2016 $5,505.72 1.26%
2017 $5,615.35 1.99%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1842

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

  • A British surgeon, Dr William Brydon, became famous for being the only survivor of an entire army, 16,500 men strong, during the first Afghan War.
  • Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia, Ras Ali Alula defeats Wube Haile Maryam of Semien in the Debre Tabor Battle
  • America Declares the Second Seminole War against Indians, which was to remove them from Florida and Oklahoma.
  • The Opium War ends after,Great Britain and China,sign the treaty of Nanking.

Inflation can vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £195.00 in 1842 would be equivalent to £20,955.29 in 2017, an absolute change of £20,760.29 and a cumulative change of 10,746.30%.

Compare these numbers to the US's absolute change of $5,420.35 and percent change of 2,779.67%.


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: “$195 in 1842 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1842-dollars-in-2017?amount=195.

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


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