According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2985.4% higher than prices in 1849.
In other words, $6,200 in the year 1849 is equivalent to $191,292.09 in 2017, a difference of $185,092.09 over 168 years.
Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.
Inflation Data Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual Consumer Price Index (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.