$2 in 1952 → $17.89 in 2015

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $2 in 1952 to 2015

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.54% per year. Prices in 2015 are 794.50% higher than prices in 1952.

In other words, $2 in 1952 is equivalent in purchasing power to $17.89 in 2015, a difference of $15.89 over 63 years.

The inflation rate in 2015 was 0.12%.

Inflation from 1952 to 2015
Cumulative price change 794.50%
Average inflation rate 3.54%
Converted amount ($2 base) $17.89
Price difference ($2 base) $15.89
CPI in 1952 26.5
CPI in 2015 237.017


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2018


CPI is the weighted combination of many categories. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1952 and 2015.

Compare these values to the overall average of 3.54% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) $2 in 1952 → 2015
Food 3.48 17.22
Shelter 4.14 25.82
Energy 3.95 22.89
Apparel 1.70 5.79
New vehicles 1.17 4.16
Used cars and trucks 0.87 3.45
Transportation services 3.35 15.94
Medical care services 5.72 66.32
Medical care commodities 4.40 30.13

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1952. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $2, 1952 to 2015

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2015 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 USD value = 2015 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 26.5 in the year 1952 and 237.017 in 2015:

237.017 / 26.5 * $2 = $17.89

$2 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $17.89 in 2015.


Buying power of $2 since 1952

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $2 in 1952 (price index tracking began in 1913).

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
1952 $2.00 1.92%
1953 $2.02 0.75%
1954 $2.03 0.75%
1955 $2.02 -0.37%
1956 $2.05 1.49%
1957 $2.12 3.31%
1958 $2.18 2.85%
1959 $2.20 0.69%
1960 $2.23 1.72%
1961 $2.26 1.01%
1962 $2.28 1.00%
1963 $2.31 1.32%
1964 $2.34 1.31%
1965 $2.38 1.61%
1966 $2.45 2.86%
1967 $2.52 3.09%
1968 $2.63 4.19%
1969 $2.77 5.46%
1970 $2.93 5.72%
1971 $3.06 4.38%
1972 $3.15 3.21%
1973 $3.35 6.22%
1974 $3.72 11.04%
1975 $4.06 9.13%
1976 $4.29 5.76%
1977 $4.57 6.50%
1978 $4.92 7.59%
1979 $5.48 11.35%
1980 $6.22 13.50%
1981 $6.86 10.32%
1982 $7.28 6.16%
1983 $7.52 3.21%
1984 $7.84 4.32%
1985 $8.12 3.56%
1986 $8.27 1.86%
1987 $8.57 3.65%
1988 $8.93 4.14%
1989 $9.36 4.82%
1990 $9.86 5.40%
1991 $10.28 4.21%
1992 $10.59 3.01%
1993 $10.91 2.99%
1994 $11.18 2.56%
1995 $11.50 2.83%
1996 $11.84 2.95%
1997 $12.11 2.29%
1998 $12.30 1.56%
1999 $12.57 2.21%
2000 $13.00 3.36%
2001 $13.37 2.85%
2002 $13.58 1.58%
2003 $13.89 2.28%
2004 $14.26 2.66%
2005 $14.74 3.39%
2006 $15.22 3.23%
2007 $15.65 2.85%
2008 $16.25 3.84%
2009 $16.19 -0.36%
2010 $16.46 1.64%
2011 $16.98 3.16%
2012 $17.33 2.07%
2013 $17.58 1.46%
2014 $17.87 1.62%
2015 $17.89 0.12%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1952

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

  • Queen Elizabeth II's succeeds King George VI to the British throne.
  • The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis of modern computers, is published for the first time by Geoffrey Dummer.

Inflation can vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £2.00 in 1952 would be equivalent to £51.91 in 2015, an absolute change of £49.91 and a cumulative change of 2,595.42%.

In Canada, CA$2.00 in 1952 would be equivalent to CA$17.94 in 2015, an absolute change of CA$15.94 and a cumulative change of 897.16%.

Compare these numbers to the US's absolute change of $15.89 and percent change of 794.50%.


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: “$2 in 1952 → 2015 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1952-dollars-in-2015?amount=2.

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


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