$2 in 1952 → $17.89 in 2015

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1952-2015 ($2)

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 794.5% higher than prices in 1952.

In other words, $2 in the year 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%
Price difference ($2 base) $15.89
CPI in 1952 26.5
CPI in 2015 237.017


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

Start with the 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" as $17.89 in 2015.


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 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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