$135 in 1894 → $3,722.12 in 2017

The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.73% per year between 1894 and 2017. $135 in the year 1894 is worth $3,722.12 in 2017, a 2657.1% increase in prices.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1.


U.S. inflation chart since 1665



News headlines from 1894

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

  • 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: 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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