$100 in 1874 → $2,056.90 in 2017

The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.14% per year between 1874 and 2017. $100 in the year 1874 is worth $2,056.90 in 2017, a 1956.9% increase in prices.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1.


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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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' annual (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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