$50,000 in 1965 → $406,495.24 in 2019

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$50,000 in 1965 → $406,495.24 in 2019

U.S. Inflation Rate, $50,000 in 1965 to 2019

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2019 are 712.99% higher than average prices throughout 1965. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.96% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, $50,000 in 1965 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $406,495.24 in 2019, a difference of $356,495.24 over 54 years.

The 1965 inflation rate was 1.61%. The current inflation rate (2018 to 2019) is now 1.79%1. If this number holds, $50,000 today will be equivalent in buying power to $50,895.11 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.


Inflation from 1965 to 2019
Cumulative price change 712.99%
Average inflation rate 3.96%
Converted amount ($50,000 base) $406,495.24
Price difference ($50,000 base) $356,495.24
CPI in 1965 31.500
CPI in 2019 256.092
Inflation in 1965 1.61%
Inflation in 2019 1.79%

USD Inflation since 1913
Annual Rate, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $50,000 in 1965

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for $50,000 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 Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1965 $50,000.00 1.61%
1966 $51,428.57 2.86%
1967 $53,015.87 3.09%
1968 $55,238.10 4.19%
1969 $58,253.97 5.46%
1970 $61,587.30 5.72%
1971 $64,285.71 4.38%
1972 $66,349.21 3.21%
1973 $70,476.19 6.22%
1974 $78,253.97 11.04%
1975 $85,396.83 9.13%
1976 $90,317.46 5.76%
1977 $96,190.48 6.50%
1978 $103,492.06 7.59%
1979 $115,238.10 11.35%
1980 $130,793.65 13.50%
1981 $144,285.71 10.32%
1982 $153,174.60 6.16%
1983 $158,095.24 3.21%
1984 $164,920.63 4.32%
1985 $170,793.65 3.56%
1986 $173,968.25 1.86%
1987 $180,317.46 3.65%
1988 $187,777.78 4.14%
1989 $196,825.40 4.82%
1990 $207,460.32 5.40%
1991 $216,190.48 4.21%
1992 $222,698.41 3.01%
1993 $229,365.08 2.99%
1994 $235,238.10 2.56%
1995 $241,904.76 2.83%
1996 $249,047.62 2.95%
1997 $254,761.90 2.29%
1998 $258,730.16 1.56%
1999 $264,444.44 2.21%
2000 $273,333.33 3.36%
2001 $281,111.11 2.85%
2002 $285,555.56 1.58%
2003 $292,063.49 2.28%
2004 $299,841.27 2.66%
2005 $310,000.00 3.39%
2006 $320,000.00 3.23%
2007 $329,114.29 2.85%
2008 $341,750.79 3.84%
2009 $340,534.92 -0.36%
2010 $346,120.63 1.64%
2011 $357,046.03 3.16%
2012 $364,434.92 2.07%
2013 $369,773.02 1.46%
2014 $375,771.43 1.62%
2015 $376,217.46 0.12%
2016 $380,963.49 1.26%
2017 $389,079.37 2.13%
2018 $398,582.28 2.44%
2019 $406,495.24 1.99%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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Inflation by City

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1965 to 2019 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $50,000):

  • San Francisco, California: 4.25% average rate, $50,000 → $474,066.21, cumulative change of 848.13%
  • Seattle, Washington: 4.13% average rate, $50,000 → $445,133.19, cumulative change of 790.27%
  • Boston, Massachusetts: 4.07% average rate, $50,000 → $431,332.82, cumulative change of 762.67%
  • New York: 4.04% average rate, $50,000 → $424,138.82, cumulative change of 748.28%
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas: 3.90% average rate, $50,000 → $394,742.04, cumulative change of 689.48%
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 3.86% average rate, $50,000 → $386,967.18, cumulative change of 673.93%
  • Atlanta, Georgia: 3.86% average rate, $50,000 → $385,968.00, cumulative change of 671.94%
  • Houston, Texas: 3.85% average rate, $50,000 → $385,132.41, cumulative change of 670.26%
  • Chicago, Illinois: 3.82% average rate, $50,000 → $378,555.50, cumulative change of 657.11%
  • Detroit, Michigan: 3.79% average rate, $50,000 → $373,521.67, cumulative change of 647.04%

San Francisco, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 54 years between 1965 and 2019 (4.25%).

Detroit, Michigan experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 54 years between 1965 and 2019 (3.79%).

Note that some locations showing 0% inflation may have not yet reported latest data.


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £50,000.00 in 1965 would be equivalent to £960,121.60 in 2019, an absolute change of £910,121.60 and a cumulative change of 1,820.24%.

In Canada, CA$50,000.00 in 1965 would be equivalent to CA$390,058.48 in 2019, an absolute change of CA$340,058.48 and a cumulative change of 680.12%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $356,495.24 and total percent change of 712.99%.


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 2019.

Compare these values to the overall average of 3.96% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $50,000 in 1965 → 2019
Food 3.93 700.06 400,032.35
Shelter 4.66 1,067.12 583,559.59
Energy 4.22 833.14 466,572.11
Apparel 1.79 161.34 130,672.20
New vehicles 1.05 75.57 87,786.01
Used cars and trucks 0.61 38.94 69,472.08
Transportation services 4.48 968.80 534,398.88
Medical care services 6.00 2,228.54 1,164,270.04
Medical care commodities 4.03 744.74 422,371.54

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 $50,000 since 1965

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019CPI in 1965
×
1965 USD value
=
2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 31.5 in the year 1965 and 256.092 in 2019:

256.09231.5
×
$50,000
=
$406,495.24

$50,000 in 1965 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $406,495.24 in 2019.

To get the total inflation rate for the 54 years between 1965 and 2019, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2019 - CPI in 1965CPI in 1965
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (54 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

256.092 - 31.531.5
×
100
=
713%

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 3.92% per year between 1965 and 2019 (vs all-CPI inflation of 3.96%), for an inflation total of 699.06%.

When using the core inflation measurement, $50,000 in 1965 is equivalent in buying power to $399,528.24 in 2019, a difference of $349,528.24. Recall that for All Items, the converted amount is $406,495.24 with a difference of $356,495.24.

In 1965, core inflation was 1.43%.


Comparison to S&P 500 Index

The average inflation rate of 3.96% has a compounding effect between 1965 and 2019. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate compounds to produce an overall price difference of 712.99% over 54 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $50,000 in the S&P 500 index in 1965, our investment would be nominally worth approximately $8,221,235.97 in 2019. This is a return on investment of 16,342.47%, with an absolute return of $8,171,235.97.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered nominal. In order to evaluate the real return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 87.70% of returns ($7,166,152.12) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted real return of our $50,000 investment is $1,005,083.85.

Investment in S&P 500 Index, 1965-2019
Original Amount Final Amount Change
Nominal $50,000 $8,221,235.97 16,342.47%
Real
Inflation Adjusted
$50,000 $1,005,083.85 2,010.17%


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: “$50,000 in 1965 → 2019 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Jun. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1965-dollars-in-2019?amount=50000.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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


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Inflation from 1965 to 2019
Cumulative price change 712.99%
Average inflation rate 3.96%
Converted amount ($50,000 base) $406,495.24
Price difference ($50,000 base) $356,495.24
CPI in 1965 31.500
CPI in 2019 256.092
Inflation in 1965 1.61%
Inflation in 2019 1.79%