According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.99% per year. Prices in 2017 are 504.0% higher than prices in 1971.
In other words, $1 in the year 1971 is equivalent in purchasing power to $6.04 in 2017, a difference of $5.04 over 46 years.
The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.
|Cumulative price change||504.00%|
|Average inflation rate||3.99%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$5.04|
|CPI in 1971||40.5|
|CPI in 2017||244.786|
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Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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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