$1.50 in 1860 → $42.26 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1860-2017 ($1.50)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.15% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2717.3% higher than prices in 1860.

In other words, $1.50 in the year 1860 is equivalent to $42.26 in 2017, a difference of $40.76 over 157 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $1.50 today will be equivalent to $1.53 next year.


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 1860

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th President of the U.S.
  • Slavery ends in the Dutch East Indies.

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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