$200 in 1940 → $3,540.96 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1940-2018 ($200)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.75% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1670.5% higher than prices in 1940.

In other words, $200 in the year 1940 is equivalent in purchasing power to $3,540.96 in 2018, a difference of $3,340.96 over 78 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.26%1. If this number holds, $200 today will be equivalent to $202.52 next year.

Inflation from 1940 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1670.48%
Average inflation rate 3.75%
Price difference ($200 base) $3,340.96
CPI in 1940 14
CPI in 2018 247.867


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $200 since 1940

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1940 * 1940 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 14 in the year 1940 and 247.867 in 2018:

247.867 / 14 * $200 = $3,540.96

$200 in 1940 has the same "purchasing power" as $3,540.96 in 2018.


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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