$20,000 in 1855 → $539,937.36 in 2017

Inflation Calculator

$

U.S. Inflation Rate, 1855-2017 ($20,000)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2599.7% higher than prices in 1855.

In other words, $20,000 in the year 1855 is equivalent to $539,937.36 in 2017, a difference of $519,937.36 over 162 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $20,000 today will be equivalent to $20,398.24 next year.

Inflation from 1855 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2599.69%
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Price difference ($20,000 base) $519,937.36
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

Admission to sporting events · Dental services · Electricity · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

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.


» Read more about inflation.