$5 in 1890 → $129.45 in 2017

The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year between 1890 and 2017. $5 in the year 1890 is worth $129.45 in 2017.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.88%1.


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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