$100 in 1890 → $2,591.70 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1890-2017 ($100)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2491.7% higher than prices in 1890.

In other words, $100 in the year 1890 is equivalent to $2,591.70 in 2017, a difference of $2,491.70 over 127 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent to $101.99 next year.

Inflation from 1890 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2491.70%
Average inflation rate 2.60%
Price difference ($100 base) $2,491.70
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

Wireless telephone services · Hospital services · New trucks · 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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