$3 in 1925 → $42.49 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1925-2018 ($3)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.89% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1316.3% higher than prices in 1925.

In other words, $3 in the year 1925 is equivalent in purchasing power to $42.49 in 2018, a difference of $39.49 over 93 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.26%1. If this number holds, $3 today will be equivalent to $3.04 next year.

Inflation from 1925 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1316.33%
Average inflation rate 2.89%
Price difference ($3 base) $39.49
CPI in 1925 17.5
CPI in 2018 247.867


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $3 since 1925

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1925 * 1925 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 17.5 in the year 1925 and 247.867 in 2018:

247.867 / 17.5 * $3 = $42.49

$3 in 1925 has the same "purchasing power" as $42.49 in 2018.


News headlines from 1925

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

  • Mein Kampf is published by Adolf Hitler.
  • The Ku Klux Klan's first national march takes place in Washington.
  • The last Qajar Shah of Iran is deposed with Reza Shah Pahlavi taking over.
  • Scopes monkey trial ends in Dayton, Tennessee, finding John T. Scopes guilty of teaching evolution.

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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