$1 in 1855 → $27.00 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1855-2017 ($1)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 in the year 1855 is equivalent to $27.00 in 2017, a difference of $26.00 over 162 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 1855 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2600.00%
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Price difference ($1 base) $26.00
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 play an important role in economic performance.

  • 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: 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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