$195 in 1842 → $5,615.35 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1842-2017 ($195)

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 2779.7% higher than prices in 1842.

In other words, $195 in the year 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%
Price difference ($195 base) $5,420.35
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


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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 Data Source

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.

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