$15 in 1875 → $323.96 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1875-2017 ($15)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.19% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2059.7% higher than prices in 1875.

In other words, $15 in the year 1875 is equivalent to $323.96 in 2017, a difference of $308.96 over 142 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $15 today will be equivalent to $15.30 next year.

Inflation from 1875 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2059.73%
Average inflation rate 2.19%
Price difference ($15 base) $308.96
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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News headlines from 1875

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

  • Verney Cameroon becomes the first European to reach Benguela in Angola.
  • Alexander Graham Bell makes the first sound transmission.
  • The Pacific Stock Exchange is opened for the first time.

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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