# \$1 in 1945 → \$13.60 in 2017

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### U.S. Inflation Rate, 1945-2017 (\$1)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.69% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1260.0% higher than prices in 1945.

In other words, \$1 in the year 1945 is equivalent in purchasing power to \$13.60 in 2017, a difference of \$12.60 over 72 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

 Cumulative price change 1260.00% Average inflation rate 3.69% Price difference (\$1 base) \$12.60 CPI in 1945 18 CPI in 2017 244.786

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### How to calculate the inflation rate for \$1, 1945 to 2017

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1945 * 1945 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 18 in the year 1945 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 18 * \$1 = \$13.60

\$1 in 1945 has the same "purchasing power" as \$13.60 in 2017.

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

• The USSR captures Budapest from Germany in a battle that kills 159,000 people.
• The US Fleet captures Iwo Jima.
• 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Okinawa: the operation is believed to be the largest of World War II
• Iwo Jima is occupied by America, costing 6,000 American lives and a further 18,000 Japanese lives.
• Buchenwald, the first Nazi concentration camp, is liberated.

### 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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