$1 in 1890 → $25.41 in 2016

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1890-2016 ($1)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year. Prices in 2016 are 2441.0% higher than prices in 1890.

In other words, $1 in the year 1890 is equivalent to $25.41 in 2016, a difference of $24.41 over 126 years.

The inflation rate in 2016 was 1.26%.

Inflation from 1890 to 2016
Cumulative price change 2441.00%
Average inflation rate 2.60%
Price difference ($1 base) $24.41
CPI in 2016 240.007


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

Bread · Admission to sporting events · Public transportation · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

News headlines from 1890

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

  • Alice Sanger becomes the White House’s 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' (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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