According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.30% per year. Prices in 2018 are 2212.5% higher than prices in 1880.
In other words, $500 in the year 1880 is equivalent in purchasing power to $11,562.37 in 2018, a difference of $11,062.37 over 138 years.
|Cumulative price change||2212.47%|
|Average inflation rate||2.30%|
|Price difference ($500 base)||$11,062.37|
|CPI in 2018||248.991|
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Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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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