$100 in 1874 → $2,056.90 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1874-2017 ($100)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.14% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1956.9% higher than prices in 1874.

In other words, $100 in the year 1874 is equivalent to $2,056.90 in 2017, a difference of $1,956.90 over 143 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent to $101.99 next year.

Inflation from 1874 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1956.90%
Average inflation rate 2.14%
Price difference ($100 base) $1,956.90
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


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Inflation-adjusted measures

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News headlines from 1874

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

  • Opening of the first civic public park, Birkenhead Park, designed by Joseph Paxton in Birkenhead, England.
  • A Train robbery at Gads Hill, Missouri, is performed by Jesse James’ gang.
  • Benjamin Disraeli becomes the British Prime Minister, succeeding William Gladstone.

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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