$13.82 in 1981 → $37.22 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1981-2017 ($13.82)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.79% per year. Prices in 2017 are 169.3% higher than prices in 1981.

In other words, $13.82 in the year 1981 is equivalent in purchasing power to $37.22 in 2017, a difference of $23.40 over 36 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1981 to 2017
Cumulative price change 169.32%
Average inflation rate 2.79%
Price difference ($13.82 base) $23.40
CPI in 1981 90.9
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $13.82, 1981 to 2017

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1981 * 1981 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 90.9 in the year 1981 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 90.9 * $13.82 = $37.22

$13.82 in 1981 has the same "purchasing power" as $37.22 in 2017.


News headlines from 1981

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

  • Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the President of the United States.
  • IBM introduces its first PC - Personal Computer.
  • United States Center for Disease Control reports that pneumonia is affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles, which marks the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

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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