$3,600,000 in 1965 → $28,816,685.71 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $3,600,000 in 1965 to 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2018 are 700.46% higher than prices in 1965. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.70% per year during this period.

In other words, $3,600,000 in 1965 is equivalent in purchasing power to $28,816,685.71 in 2018, a difference of $25,216,685.71 over 53 years.

The 1965 inflation rate was 1.61%. The current inflation rate (2017 to 2018) is now 2.70%1. If this number holds, $3,600,000 today will be equivalent to $3,697,170.48 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.


Inflation from 1965 to 2018
Cumulative price change 700.46%
Average inflation rate 2.70%
Converted amount ($3,600,000 base) $28,816,685.71
Price difference ($3,600,000 base) $25,216,685.71
CPI in 1965 31.5
CPI in 2018 252.146
Inflation in 1965 1.61%
Inflation in 2018 2.70%


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

Buying power of $3,600,000 since 1965

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $3,600,000 in 1965 (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
1965 $3,600,000.00 1.61%
1966 $3,702,857.14 2.86%
1967 $3,817,142.86 3.09%
1968 $3,977,142.86 4.19%
1969 $4,194,285.71 5.46%
1970 $4,434,285.71 5.72%
1971 $4,628,571.43 4.38%
1972 $4,777,142.86 3.21%
1973 $5,074,285.71 6.22%
1974 $5,634,285.71 11.04%
1975 $6,148,571.43 9.13%
1976 $6,502,857.14 5.76%
1977 $6,925,714.29 6.50%
1978 $7,451,428.57 7.59%
1979 $8,297,142.86 11.35%
1980 $9,417,142.86 13.50%
1981 $10,388,571.43 10.32%
1982 $11,028,571.43 6.16%
1983 $11,382,857.14 3.21%
1984 $11,874,285.71 4.32%
1985 $12,297,142.86 3.56%
1986 $12,525,714.29 1.86%
1987 $12,982,857.14 3.65%
1988 $13,520,000.00 4.14%
1989 $14,171,428.57 4.82%
1990 $14,937,142.86 5.40%
1991 $15,565,714.29 4.21%
1992 $16,034,285.71 3.01%
1993 $16,514,285.71 2.99%
1994 $16,937,142.86 2.56%
1995 $17,417,142.86 2.83%
1996 $17,931,428.57 2.95%
1997 $18,342,857.14 2.29%
1998 $18,628,571.43 1.56%
1999 $19,040,000.00 2.21%
2000 $19,680,000.00 3.36%
2001 $20,240,000.00 2.85%
2002 $20,560,000.00 1.58%
2003 $21,028,571.43 2.28%
2004 $21,588,571.43 2.66%
2005 $22,320,000.00 3.39%
2006 $23,040,000.00 3.23%
2007 $23,696,228.57 2.85%
2008 $24,606,057.14 3.84%
2009 $24,518,514.29 -0.36%
2010 $24,920,685.71 1.64%
2011 $25,707,314.29 3.16%
2012 $26,239,314.29 2.07%
2013 $26,623,657.14 1.46%
2014 $27,055,542.86 1.62%
2015 $27,087,657.14 0.12%
2016 $27,429,371.43 1.26%
2017 $28,013,714.29 2.13%
2018 $28,816,685.71 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 1965 to 2018 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $3,600,000):

  • San Francisco, California: 4.28% average rate, $3,600,000 → $33,143,717.30, cumulative change of 820.66%
  • Seattle, Washington: 4.17% average rate, $3,600,000 → $31,432,469.67, cumulative change of 773.12%
  • Boston, Massachusetts: 4.11% average rate, $3,600,000 → $30,403,525.42, cumulative change of 744.54%
  • New York: 4.09% average rate, $3,600,000 → $30,150,795.81, cumulative change of 737.52%
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas: 3.94% average rate, $3,600,000 → $27,918,667.62, cumulative change of 675.52%
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 3.92% average rate, $3,600,000 → $27,601,788.86, cumulative change of 666.72%
  • Atlanta, Georgia: 3.91% average rate, $3,600,000 → $27,545,480.99, cumulative change of 665.15%
  • Houston, Texas: 3.91% average rate, $3,600,000 → $27,477,416.71, cumulative change of 663.26%
  • Chicago, Illinois: 3.87% average rate, $3,600,000 → $26,990,327.72, cumulative change of 649.73%
  • Detroit, Michigan: 3.86% average rate, $3,600,000 → $26,791,396.47, cumulative change of 644.21%

San Francisco, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 53 years between 1965 and 2018 (4.28%).

Detroit, Michigan experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 53 years between 1965 and 2018 (3.86%).


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £3,600,000.00 in 1965 would be equivalent to £67,701,690.00 in 2018, an absolute change of £64,101,690.00 and a cumulative change of 1,780.60%.

In Canada, CA$3,600,000.00 in 1965 would be equivalent to CA$28,063,157.89 in 2018, an absolute change of CA$24,463,157.89 and a cumulative change of 679.53%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $25,216,685.71 and total percent change of 700.46%.


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 1965 and 2018.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.70% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $3,600,000 in 1965 → 2018
Food 3.97 686.42 28,311,007.17
Shelter 4.69 1,034.24 40,832,749.93
Energy 4.35 855.93 34,413,647.06
Apparel 1.84 163.37 9,481,449.24
New vehicles 1.05 74.30 6,274,947.45
Used cars and trucks 0.61 38.33 4,979,739.27
Transportation services 3.35 471.93 20,589,631.19
Medical care services 6.07 2,175.84 81,930,251.10
Medical care commodities 4.29 825.29 33,310,444.24

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1965. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $3,600,000 since 1965

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018CPI in 1965
×
1965 USD value
=
2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 31.5 in the year 1965 and 252.146 in 2018:

252.14631.5
×
$3,600,000
=
$28,816,685.71

$3,600,000 in 1965 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $28,816,685.71 in 2018.

To get the total inflation rate for the 53 years between 1965 and 2018, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2018 - CPI in 1965CPI in 1965
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (53 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

252.146 - 31.531.5
×
100
=
700%

Alternate Measurements of Inflation

The above data describe the CPI for all items. Also of note is the Core CPI, which measures inflation for all items except for the more volatile categories of food and energy. Core inflation averaged 3.96% per year between 1965 and 2018 (vs all-CPI inflation of 2.70%), for an inflation total of 684.35%.

When using the core inflation measurement, $3,600,000 in 1965 is equivalent in buying power to $28,236,624.75 in 2018, a difference of $24,636,624.75. Recall that for All Items, the converted amount is $28,816,685.71 with a difference of $25,216,685.71.

In 1965, core inflation was 1.34%.


News headlines from 1965

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

  • Aleksei Leonov, a Soviet cosmonaut, makes the first Spacewalk, when he leaves the Hos spacecraft for 12 minutes.
  • Winston Churchill, is given the largest state funeral ever, it takes place in St Paul's Cathedral, London.
  • The Supreme Court legalises the use of contraception by married couples.
  • France becomes the third nation in space, after launching its first satellite.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, US President, signs the Voting Rights Act, making voting discrimination against minorities illegal.

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: “$3,600,000 in 1965 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Sep. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1965-dollars-in-2018?amount=3600000.

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