$13.82 in 1985 → $31.48 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $13.82 in 1985 to 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2017 are 127.81% higher than prices in 1985. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.61% per year during this period.

In other words, $13.82 in 1985 is equivalent in purchasing power to $31.48 in 2017, a difference of $17.66 over 32 years.

The 1985 inflation rate was 3.56%. The inflation rate in 2017 was 2.13%. The 2017 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.87% per year between 2017 and 2018.


Inflation from 1985 to 2017
Cumulative price change 127.81%
Average inflation rate 2.61%
Converted amount ($13.82 base) $31.48
Price difference ($13.82 base) $17.66
CPI in 1985 107.6
CPI in 2017 245.12
Inflation in 1985 3.56%
Inflation in 2017 2.13%


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

Buying power of $13.82 since 1985

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $13.82 in 1985 (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
1985 $13.82 3.56%
1986 $14.08 1.86%
1987 $14.59 3.65%
1988 $15.19 4.14%
1989 $15.93 4.82%
1990 $16.79 5.40%
1991 $17.49 4.21%
1992 $18.02 3.01%
1993 $18.56 2.99%
1994 $19.03 2.56%
1995 $19.57 2.83%
1996 $20.15 2.95%
1997 $20.61 2.29%
1998 $20.94 1.56%
1999 $21.40 2.21%
2000 $22.12 3.36%
2001 $22.75 2.85%
2002 $23.11 1.58%
2003 $23.63 2.28%
2004 $24.26 2.66%
2005 $25.08 3.39%
2006 $25.89 3.23%
2007 $26.63 2.85%
2008 $27.65 3.84%
2009 $27.55 -0.36%
2010 $28.01 1.64%
2011 $28.89 3.16%
2012 $29.49 2.07%
2013 $29.92 1.46%
2014 $30.41 1.62%
2015 $30.44 0.12%
2016 $30.83 1.26%
2017 $31.48 2.13%
2018 $32.39 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 1985 to 2017 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $13.82):

San Diego, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 32 years between 1985 and 2017 (3.52%).

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 32 years between 1985 and 2017 (2.33%).


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £13.82 in 1985 would be equivalent to £39.79 in 2017, an absolute change of £25.97 and a cumulative change of 187.95%.

In Canada, CA$13.82 in 1985 would be equivalent to CA$28.11 in 2017, an absolute change of CA$14.29 and a cumulative change of 103.43%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $17.66 and total percent change of 127.81%.


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 1985 and 2017.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.61% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $13.82 in 1985 → 2017
Food 2.73 136.87 32.74
Shelter 3.17 171.19 37.48
Energy 2.22 101.60 27.86
Apparel 0.56 19.60 16.53
New vehicles 1.02 38.58 19.15
Used cars and trucks 0.61 21.60 16.81
Transportation services 3.29 181.66 38.92
Medical care services 4.80 347.80 61.89
Medical care commodities 3.78 227.38 45.24

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1985. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $13.82, 1985 to 2017

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017CPI in 1985
×
1985 USD value
=
2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 107.6 in the year 1985 and 245.12 in 2017:

245.12107.6
×
$13.82
=
$31.48

$13.82 in 1985 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $31.48 in 2017.

To get the total inflation rate for the 32 years between 1985 and 2017, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2017 - CPI in 1985CPI in 1985
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (32 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

245.12 - 107.6107.6
×
100
=
128%

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 2.65% per year between 1985 and 2017 (vs all-CPI inflation of 2.61%), for an inflation total of 130.75%.

When using the core inflation measurement, $13.82 in 1985 is equivalent in buying power to $31.89 in 2017, a difference of $18.07. Recall that for All Items, the converted amount is $31.48 with a difference of $17.66.

In 1985, core inflation was 4.38%.


Comparison to S&P 500 Index

The average inflation rate of 2.61% during these years has a compounding effect. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate produces an overall price difference of 127.81% over 32 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if you had invested $13.82 in the S&P 500 index in 1985, your investment would be worth approximately $475.93 in 2017. This is a change of 3,343.76%.

This means the nominal return on a $13.82 investment is $462.11, but inflation would eat into your real returns.

Inflation would account for 56.10% of your returns ($259.26), for an inflation-adjusted real return of about $202.85.


News headlines from 1985

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

  • Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as leader of the Soviet Union.
  • Earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 rocks Mexico City and kills 10,000 people, leaving over 250,000 homeless.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (leader of the Soviet Union) and Ronald Reagan (President of the United States) meet for the first time.
  • Ernie Wise makes the first mobile phone call in the UK.

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: “$13.82 in 1985 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Oct. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1985-dollars-in-2017?amount=13.82.

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