$3 in 1855 → $82.01 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1855-2018 ($3)

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 2633.7% higher than prices in 1855.

In other words, $3 in the year 1855 is equivalent in purchasing power to $82.01 in 2018, a difference of $79.01 over 163 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.26%1. If this number holds, $3 today will be equivalent to $3.04 next year.

Inflation from 1855 to 2018
Cumulative price change 2633.67%
Average inflation rate 2.05%
Price difference ($3 base) $79.01
CPI in 2018 247.867

U.S. inflation chart since 1665

Inflation rates for specific categories

Juices and nonalcoholic drinks · Jewelry · Gasoline (all types) · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

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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