$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 consumer price index, 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 in purchasing power to $2,056.90 in 2017, a difference of $1,956.90 over 143 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

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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News headlines from 1874

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

  • 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

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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