$75,000 in 1921 → $993,087.99 in 2015

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $75,000 in 1921 to 2015

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2015 are 1,224.12% higher than average prices throughout 1921. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.79% per year during this period.

In other words, $75,000 in 1921 is equivalent in purchasing power to $993,087.99 in 2015, a difference of $918,087.99 over 94 years.

The 1921 inflation rate was -10.50%. The inflation rate in 2015 was 0.12%. The 2015 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.62% per year between 2015 and 2019.


Inflation from 1921 to 2015
Cumulative price change 1,224.12%
Average inflation rate 2.79%
Converted amount ($75,000 base) $993,087.99
Price difference ($75,000 base) $918,087.99
CPI in 1921 17.900
CPI in 2015 237.017
Inflation in 1921 -10.50%
Inflation in 2015 0.12%


U.S. Inflation since 1913
Annual Rate, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $75,000 in 1921

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $75,000 in 1921 (price index tracking began in 1635).

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
1921 $75,000.00 -10.50%
1922 $70,391.06 -6.15%
1923 $71,648.04 1.79%
1924 $71,648.04 0.00%
1925 $73,324.02 2.34%
1926 $74,162.01 1.14%
1927 $72,905.03 -1.69%
1928 $71,648.04 -1.72%
1929 $71,648.04 0.00%
1930 $69,972.07 -2.34%
1931 $63,687.15 -8.98%
1932 $57,402.23 -9.87%
1933 $54,469.27 -5.11%
1934 $56,145.25 3.08%
1935 $57,402.23 2.24%
1936 $58,240.22 1.46%
1937 $60,335.20 3.60%
1938 $59,078.21 -2.08%
1939 $58,240.22 -1.42%
1940 $58,659.22 0.72%
1941 $61,592.18 5.00%
1942 $68,296.09 10.88%
1943 $72,486.03 6.13%
1944 $73,743.02 1.73%
1945 $75,418.99 2.27%
1946 $81,703.91 8.33%
1947 $93,435.75 14.36%
1948 $100,977.65 8.07%
1949 $99,720.67 -1.24%
1950 $100,977.65 1.26%
1951 $108,938.55 7.88%
1952 $111,033.52 1.92%
1953 $111,871.51 0.75%
1954 $112,709.50 0.75%
1955 $112,290.50 -0.37%
1956 $113,966.48 1.49%
1957 $117,737.43 3.31%
1958 $121,089.39 2.85%
1959 $121,927.37 0.69%
1960 $124,022.35 1.72%
1961 $125,279.33 1.01%
1962 $126,536.31 1.00%
1963 $128,212.29 1.32%
1964 $129,888.27 1.31%
1965 $131,983.24 1.61%
1966 $135,754.19 2.86%
1967 $139,944.13 3.09%
1968 $145,810.06 4.19%
1969 $153,770.95 5.46%
1970 $162,569.83 5.72%
1971 $169,692.74 4.38%
1972 $175,139.66 3.21%
1973 $186,033.52 6.22%
1974 $206,564.25 11.04%
1975 $225,418.99 9.13%
1976 $238,407.82 5.76%
1977 $253,910.61 6.50%
1978 $273,184.36 7.59%
1979 $304,189.94 11.35%
1980 $345,251.40 13.50%
1981 $380,865.92 10.32%
1982 $404,329.61 6.16%
1983 $417,318.44 3.21%
1984 $435,335.20 4.32%
1985 $450,837.99 3.56%
1986 $459,217.88 1.86%
1987 $475,977.65 3.65%
1988 $495,670.39 4.14%
1989 $519,553.07 4.82%
1990 $547,625.70 5.40%
1991 $570,670.39 4.21%
1992 $587,849.16 3.01%
1993 $605,446.93 2.99%
1994 $620,949.72 2.56%
1995 $638,547.49 2.83%
1996 $657,402.23 2.95%
1997 $672,486.03 2.29%
1998 $682,960.89 1.56%
1999 $698,044.69 2.21%
2000 $721,508.38 3.36%
2001 $742,039.11 2.85%
2002 $753,770.95 1.58%
2003 $770,949.72 2.28%
2004 $791,480.45 2.66%
2005 $818,296.09 3.39%
2006 $844,692.74 3.23%
2007 $868,751.40 2.85%
2008 $902,107.54 3.84%
2009 $898,898.04 -0.36%
2010 $913,642.46 1.64%
2011 $942,481.84 3.16%
2012 $961,986.03 2.07%
2013 $976,076.82 1.46%
2014 $991,910.61 1.62%
2015 $993,087.99 0.12%
2016 $1,005,615.92 1.26%
2017 $1,027,039.11 2.13%
2018 $1,052,123.60 2.44%
2019 $1,059,117.32 0.66%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

Inflation by City

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1921 to 2015 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $75,000):

  • San Francisco, California: 3.03% average rate, $75,000 → $1,243,736.08, cumulative change of 1,558.31%
  • Seattle, Washington: 2.90% average rate, $75,000 → $1,100,805.96, cumulative change of 1,367.74%
  • New York: 2.86% average rate, $75,000 → $1,061,576.96, cumulative change of 1,315.44%
  • Boston, Massachusetts: 2.82% average rate, $75,000 → $1,028,800.31, cumulative change of 1,271.73%
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2.77% average rate, $75,000 → $982,094.45, cumulative change of 1,209.46%
  • Chicago, Illinois: 2.73% average rate, $75,000 → $939,995.87, cumulative change of 1,153.33%
  • Houston, Texas: 2.70% average rate, $75,000 → $915,753.22, cumulative change of 1,121.00%
  • Atlanta, Georgia: 2.63% average rate, $75,000 → $857,125.59, cumulative change of 1,042.83%
  • Detroit, Michigan: 2.60% average rate, $75,000 → $841,079.53, cumulative change of 1,021.44%

San Francisco, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 94 years between 1921 and 2015 (3.03%).

Detroit, Michigan experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 94 years between 1921 and 2015 (2.60%).

Note that some locations showing 0% inflation may have not yet reported latest data.


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £75,000.00 in 1921 would be equivalent to £3,311,688.31 in 2015, an absolute change of £3,236,688.31 and a cumulative change of 4,315.58%.

In Canada, CA$75,000.00 in 1921 would be equivalent to CA$1,009,308.51 in 2015, an absolute change of CA$934,308.51 and a cumulative change of 1,245.74%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $918,087.99 and total percent change of 1,224.12%.


Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1921 and 2015.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.79% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $75,000 in 1921 → 2015
Food 2.96 1,454.94 1,166,202.10
Shelter 4.14 4,444.11 3,408,080.67
Energy 3.95 3,699.71 2,849,784.73
Apparel 1.48 298.11 298,583.10
New vehicles 1.17 198.08 223,557.88
Used cars and trucks 0.87 125.59 169,189.94
Transportation services 4.09 4,221.50 3,241,121.74
Medical care services 5.20 11,594.84 8,771,130.35
Medical care commodities 3.06 1,607.00 1,280,250.49

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1921. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $75,000, 1921 to 2015

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2015CPI in 1921
×
1921 USD value
=
2015 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 17.9 in the year 1921 and 237.017 in 2015:

237.01717.9
×
$75,000
=
$993,087.99

$75,000 in 1921 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $993,087.99 in 2015.

To get the total inflation rate for the 94 years between 1921 and 2015, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2015 - CPI in 1921CPI in 1921
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (94 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

237.017 - 17.917.9
×
100
=
1,224%

Comparison to S&P 500 Index

The average inflation rate of 2.79% has a compounding effect between 1921 and 2015. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate compounds to produce an overall price difference of 1,224.12% over 94 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $75,000 in the S&P 500 index in 1921, our investment would be nominally worth approximately $854,157,452.55 in 2015. This is a return on investment of 1,138,776.60%, with an absolute return of $854,082,452.55.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered nominal. In order to evaluate the real return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 92.45% of returns ($789,580,429.91) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted real return of our $75,000 investment is $64,502,022.64.

Investment in S&P 500 Index, 1921-2015
Original Amount Final Amount Change
Nominal $75,000 $854,157,452.55 1,138,776.60%
Real
Inflation Adjusted
$75,000 $64,502,022.64 86,002.70%


News headlines from 1921

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

  • The Chinese Communist Party is founded by Chen Duxiu.
  • Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the United States House of Representatives.
  • Adolf Hitler is declared leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

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: “$75,000 in 1921 → 2015 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Mar. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1921-dollars-in-2015?amount=75000.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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


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