$1 in 1890 → $25.41 in 2016

The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year between 1890 and 2016. $1 in the year 1890 is worth $25.41 in 2016.

The inflation rate in 2016 was 1.26%.


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


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News headlines from 1890

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

  • Alice Sanger becomes the White House‚Äôs first female employee.
  • The Forth Bridge (Scotland), becomes the longest bridge in Great Britain: it is officially opened by the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII).
  • Wilhelm II, the German emperor, removes Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck.
  • First electric chair execution is performed on murderer William Kemmler at Auburn Prison in New York.


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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