$100 in 1912 → $2,397.27 in 2016

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1912-2016 ($100)

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 2297.3% higher than prices in 1912.

In other words, $100 in the year 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%
Price difference ($100 base) $2,297.27
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 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 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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