$1 in 1865 → $14.40 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1865-2017 ($1)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.77% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1340.0% higher than prices in 1865.

In other words, $1 in the year 1865 is equivalent to $14.40 in 2017, a difference of $13.40 over 152 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 1865 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1340.00%
Average inflation rate 1.77%
Price difference ($1 base) $13.40
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

Wine at home · Parking fees and tolls · Food · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

News headlines from 1865

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

  • America abolishes slavery after Congress passes the 13th Amendment.
  • John Wilkes Booth assassinates President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater, in Washington.
  • The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad Street.
  • Columbia, South Carolina burns during the American Civil War.

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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