$5 in 1890 → $129.58 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1890-2017 ($5)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2491.6% higher than prices in 1890.

In other words, $5 in the year 1890 is equivalent to $129.58 in 2017, a difference of $124.58 over 127 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $5 today will be equivalent to $5.10 next year.


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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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’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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