$1.50 in 1855 → $40.50 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1855-2017 ($1.50)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2600.0% higher than prices in 1855.

In other words, $1.50 in the year 1855 is equivalent in purchasing power to $40.50 in 2017, a difference of $39.00 over 162 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1855 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2600.00%
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Price difference ($1.50 base) $39.00
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 1855

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • David Livingstone visits the Victoria Falls, becoming the first European to see it.
  • Henry John Temple, Third Viscount Palmerston, forms a British government.
  • A train passes a railway suspension bridge at the Niagara Falls, US for the first time.
  • Kerosene is patented by Abraham Gesner.

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from 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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