$100 in 1912 → $2,397.27 in 2016

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $100 in 1912 to 2016

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.10% per year. Prices in 2016 are 2,297.27% higher than prices in 1912.

In other words, $100 in 1912 is equivalent in purchasing power to $2,397.27 in 2016, a difference of $2,297.27 over 104 years.

The inflation rate in 2016 was 1.26%.

Inflation from 1912 to 2016
Cumulative price change 2297.27%
Average inflation rate 3.10%
Converted amount ($100 base) $2,397.27
Price difference ($100 base) $2,297.27
CPI in 2016 240.007


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


CPI is the weighted combination of many categories. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1912 and 2016.

Compare these values to the overall average of 3.10% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) $100 in 1912 → 2016
Food 3.17 2,577.83
Shelter 4.13 6,738.90
Energy 3.76 4,644.18
Apparel 2.09 863.66
New vehicles 1.14 323.99
Used cars and trucks 0.76 220.50
Transportation services 3.34 3,032.29
Medical care services 5.18 19,103.25
Medical care commodities 4.38 8,629.80

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1912. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.


Inflation rates for specific categories

Financial services · New trucks · Rent of primary residence · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

Buying power of $100 since 1912

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $100 in 1912 (price index tracking began in 1913).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1912 $100.00 -
1913 $98.88 -1.12%
1914 $99.88 1.01%
1915 $100.88 1.00%
1916 $108.87 7.92%
1917 $127.85 17.43%
1918 $150.82 17.97%
1919 $172.80 14.57%
1920 $199.77 15.61%
1921 $178.79 -10.50%
1922 $167.80 -6.15%
1923 $170.80 1.79%
1924 $170.80 0.00%
1925 $174.80 2.34%
1926 $176.79 1.14%
1927 $173.80 -1.69%
1928 $170.80 -1.72%
1929 $170.80 0.00%
1930 $166.80 -2.34%
1931 $151.82 -8.98%
1932 $136.84 -9.87%
1933 $129.85 -5.11%
1934 $133.84 3.08%
1935 $136.84 2.24%
1936 $138.84 1.46%
1937 $143.83 3.60%
1938 $140.84 -2.08%
1939 $138.84 -1.42%
1940 $139.84 0.72%
1941 $146.83 5.00%
1942 $162.81 10.88%
1943 $172.80 6.13%
1944 $175.79 1.73%
1945 $179.79 2.27%
1946 $194.77 8.33%
1947 $222.74 14.36%
1948 $240.72 8.07%
1949 $237.72 -1.24%
1950 $240.72 1.26%
1951 $259.70 7.88%
1952 $264.69 1.92%
1953 $266.69 0.75%
1954 $268.69 0.75%
1955 $267.69 -0.37%
1956 $271.68 1.49%
1957 $280.67 3.31%
1958 $288.66 2.85%
1959 $290.66 0.69%
1960 $295.65 1.72%
1961 $298.65 1.01%
1962 $301.65 1.00%
1963 $305.64 1.32%
1964 $309.64 1.31%
1965 $314.63 1.61%
1966 $323.62 2.86%
1967 $333.61 3.09%
1968 $347.59 4.19%
1969 $366.57 5.46%
1970 $387.55 5.72%
1971 $404.53 4.38%
1972 $417.51 3.21%
1973 $443.48 6.22%
1974 $492.42 11.04%
1975 $537.37 9.13%
1976 $568.34 5.76%
1977 $605.29 6.50%
1978 $651.24 7.59%
1979 $725.15 11.35%
1980 $823.04 13.50%
1981 $907.94 10.32%
1982 $963.87 6.16%
1983 $994.84 3.21%
1984 $1,037.79 4.32%
1985 $1,074.74 3.56%
1986 $1,094.72 1.86%
1987 $1,134.67 3.65%
1988 $1,181.62 4.14%
1989 $1,238.55 4.82%
1990 $1,305.47 5.40%
1991 $1,360.41 4.21%
1992 $1,401.36 3.01%
1993 $1,443.31 2.99%
1994 $1,480.27 2.56%
1995 $1,522.22 2.83%
1996 $1,567.17 2.95%
1997 $1,603.12 2.29%
1998 $1,628.10 1.56%
1999 $1,664.05 2.21%
2000 $1,719.99 3.36%
2001 $1,768.93 2.85%
2002 $1,796.90 1.58%
2003 $1,837.85 2.28%
2004 $1,886.79 2.66%
2005 $1,950.72 3.39%
2006 $2,013.64 3.23%
2007 $2,071.00 2.85%
2008 $2,150.51 3.84%
2009 $2,142.86 -0.36%
2010 $2,178.01 1.64%
2011 $2,246.76 3.16%
2012 $2,293.26 2.07%
2013 $2,326.85 1.46%
2014 $2,364.59 1.62%
2015 $2,367.40 0.12%
2016 $2,397.27 1.26%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1912

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

  • Geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener presents the theory of continental drift to the Geological Association of Frankfurt.
  • Roald Amundsen explores the South Pole.
  • The first and last voyage of RMS Titanic takes place.
  • Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories. (The prize was established by Joseph Pulitzer.)

Inflation can vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1912 would be equivalent to £10,478.18 in 2016, an absolute change of £10,378.18 and a cumulative change of 10,478.18%.

Compare these numbers to the US's absolute change of $2,297.27 and percent change of 2,297.27%.


Data Source & Citation

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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “1912 dollars in 2016 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1912-dollars-in-2016.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


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