$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, prices in 2015 are 794.40% higher than prices in 1952. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.54% per year during this period.

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 1952 inflation rate was 1.92%. The inflation rate in 2015 was 0.12%. The 2015 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.08% per year between 2015 and 2018.


Inflation from 1952 to 2015
Cumulative price change 794.40%
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
Inflation in 1952 1.92%
Inflation in 2015 0.12%


U.S. Inflation since 1913
Annual Rate, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

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 1635).

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%
2016 $18.11 1.26%
2017 $18.50 2.13%
2018 $19.03 2.87%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

Inflation by City

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1952 to 2015 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $2):

San Francisco, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 63 years between 1952 and 2015 (3.80%).

Detroit, Michigan experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 63 years between 1952 and 2015 (3.37%).


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also 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 2,495.42%.

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 797.16%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $15.89 and total percent change of 794.40%.


Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. 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 (%) Total Inflation (%) $2 in 1952 → 2015
Food 3.48 760.75 17.22
Shelter 4.14 1,190.75 25.82
Energy 3.95 1,044.72 22.89
Apparel 1.70 189.74 5.79
New vehicles 1.17 107.92 4.16
Used cars and trucks 0.87 72.50 3.45
Transportation services 3.35 696.91 15.94
Medical care services 5.72 3,215.96 66.32
Medical care commodities 4.40 1,406.55 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.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $2, 1952 to 2015

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2015CPI 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:

237.01726.5
×
$2
=
$17.89

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

To get the total inflation rate for the 63 years between 1952 and 2015, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2015 - CPI in 1952CPI in 1952
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (63 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

237.017 - 26.526.5
×
100
=
794%

Comparison to S&P 500 Index

The average inflation rate of 3.54% during these years has a compounding effect. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate produces an overall price difference of 794.40% over 63 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if you had invested $2 in the S&P 500 index in 1952, your investment would be worth approximately $1,192.30 in 2015. This is a change of 59,514.82%.

This means the nominal return on a $2 investment is $1,190.30, but inflation would eat into your real returns.

Inflation would account for 88.82% of your returns ($1,057.21), for an inflation-adjusted real return of about $133.08.


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.

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, 17 Oct. 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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