$20,000 in 1860 → $570,504.29 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1860-2018 ($20,000)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.14% per year. Prices in 2018 are 2752.5% higher than prices in 1860.

In other words, $20,000 in the year 1860 is equivalent in purchasing power to $570,504.29 in 2018, a difference of $550,504.29 over 158 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.26%1. If this number holds, $20,000 today will be equivalent to $20,251.73 next year.

Inflation from 1860 to 2018
Cumulative price change 2752.52%
Average inflation rate 2.14%
Price difference ($20,000 base) $550,504.29
CPI in 2018 247.867


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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

News headlines from 1860

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

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

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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