The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.15% per year between 1860 and 2017. $1.50 in the year 1860 is worth $42.21 in 2017.
The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.88%1.
News headlines from 1860
Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.
Inflation Data Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual Consumer Price Index (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.