$5,000 in 1850 → $150,680.19 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1850-2017 ($5,000)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2913.6% higher than prices in 1850.

In other words, $5,000 in the year 1850 is equivalent to $150,680.19 in 2017, a difference of $145,680.19 over 167 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $5,000 today will be equivalent to $5,099.56 next year.

Inflation from 1850 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2913.60%
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Price difference ($5,000 base) $145,680.19
CPI in 2017 244.786

U.S. inflation chart since 1665

Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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News headlines from 1850

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

  • The first National Women's Rights Convention takes place in Wocester, Massachusetts.
  • The California Exchange is opened.
  • Britain blockades Piraeus, a Greek port.
  • The HMS Investigator sets sail from Woolwich, England, becoming the first ship to explore the Northwest Passage.

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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