$150 in 1865 → $2,159.75 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1865-2017 ($150)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.77% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1339.8% higher than prices in 1865.

In other words, $150 in the year 1865 is equivalent to $2,159.75 in 2017, a difference of $2,009.75 over 152 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $150 today will be equivalent to $152.99 next year.

Inflation from 1865 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1339.83%
Average inflation rate 1.77%
Price difference ($150 base) $2,009.75
CPI in 2017 244.786

U.S. inflation chart since 1665

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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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