$40,000 in 1875 → $863,899.77 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1875-2017 ($40,000)

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, $40,000 in the year 1875 is equivalent to $863,899.77 in 2017, a difference of $823,899.77 over 142 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $40,000 today will be equivalent to $40,796.48 next year.

Inflation from 1875 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2059.75%
Average inflation rate 2.19%
Price difference ($40,000 base) $823,899.77
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

S&P 500 price · S&P 500 earnings · Shiller P/E

News headlines from 1875

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

  • 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

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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