According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.98% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1730.7% higher than prices in 1870.
In other words, $50 in the year 1870 is equivalent in purchasing power to $915.35 in 2018, a difference of $865.35 over 148 years.
|Cumulative price change||1730.70%|
|Average inflation rate||1.98%|
|Price difference ($50 base)||$865.35|
|CPI in 2018||248.991|
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Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 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.
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