According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.86% per year. Prices in 2018 are 2691.9% higher than prices in 1900.
In other words, $20 in the year 1900 is equivalent in purchasing power to $558.37 in 2018, a difference of $538.37 over 118 years.
|Cumulative price change||2691.85%|
|Average inflation rate||2.86%|
|Price difference ($20 base)||$538.37|
|CPI in 2018||247.867|
Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:
Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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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