$6,200 in 1849 → $191,292.09 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1849-2017 ($6,200)

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.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $6,200 today will be equivalent to $6,323.45 next year.

Inflation from 1849 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2985.36%
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Price difference ($6,200 base) $185,092.09
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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

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' (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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