$0.21 in 1900 → $5.68 in 2016

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1900-2016 ($0.21)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.88% per year. Prices in 2016 are 2604.8% higher than prices in 1900.

In other words, $0.21 in the year 1900 is equivalent to $5.68 in 2016, a difference of $5.47 over 116 years.

The inflation rate in 2016 was 1.26%.

Inflation from 1900 to 2016
Cumulative price change 2604.76%
Average inflation rate 2.88%
Price difference ($0.21 base) $5.47
CPI in 2016 240.007


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 1900

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

  • Britain establishes the protectorates of Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigeria.
  • America announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China.
  • The US Congress passes the Currency Act, establishing the gold standard.
  • Dutch botanist and geneticist, Hugo de Vries, rediscovers Mendel's law of genetics
  • Korea denies Russia access to Masampo Port, under influence from Japan, leading to a war between Russia and Japan.

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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