According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.49% per year. Prices in 2018 are 928.5% higher than prices in 1950.
In other words, $2,500 in the year 1950 is equivalent in purchasing power to $25,712.34 in 2018, a difference of $23,212.34 over 68 years.
|Cumulative price change||928.49%|
|Average inflation rate||3.49%|
|Price difference ($2,500 base)||$23,212.34|
|CPI in 1950||24.1|
|CPI in 2018||247.867|
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Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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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