$135 in 1894 → $3,722.12 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1894-2017 ($135)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.73% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2657.1% higher than prices in 1894.

In other words, $135 in the year 1894 is equivalent in purchasing power to $3,722.12 in 2017, a difference of $3,587.12 over 123 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1894 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2657.13%
Average inflation rate 2.73%
Price difference ($135 base) $3,587.12
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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

News headlines from 1894

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Thomas Edison's kinetoscope is shown to the public for the first time.
  • Initiated by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the International Olympic Committee is founded in Paris.
  • Shibasaburo Kitasato, a Japanese scientist, discovers the cause of the Bubonic Plague and publishes his discovery in ‘The Lancet’.
  • The first ever drink driving fine, is delivered to a London taxi driver called George Smith.
  • Doctor Roux of Paris announces the creation of a diphtheria vaccine.

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from 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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