$6,200 in 1849 → $191,292.09 in 2017

The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year between 1849 and 2017. $6,200 in the year 1849 is worth $191,292.09 in 2017, a 2985.4% increase in prices.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1.


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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News headlines from 1849

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky's execution is cancelled at the last moment.
  • Elisabeth Blackwell is the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree.
  • First photograph of a US president is taken in New York, when Matthew Bady photographed President James Knox Polk

Inflation Data Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual (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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