# \$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%.

 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

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

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.

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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