According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.05% per year. Prices in 2018 are 2936.8% higher than prices in 1850.
In other words, $5 in the year 1850 is equivalent in purchasing power to $151.84 in 2018, a difference of $146.84 over 168 years.
|Cumulative price change||2936.80%|
|Average inflation rate||2.05%|
|Price difference ($5 base)||$146.84|
|CPI in 2018||246.669|
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Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 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.
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