$1 in 1990 → $1.87 in 2017

The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.35% per year between 1990 and 2017. $1 in the year 1990 is worth $1.87 in 2017.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.88%1.


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate since 1990

Start with the CPI inflation formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1990 * 1990 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 130.7 in the year 1990 and 244.524 in 2017:

244.524 / 130.7 * $1 = $1.87

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 1990 is $1.87 in 2017.


News headlines from 1990

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • Nelson Mandela is released having spent 27 years in South African prison.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope takes its first photos from space.
  • Dr Penny Jamieson, becomes the first woman to be made an Anglican Bishop, in New Zeeland
  • The United States sends troops to Saudi Arabia, marking the beginning of Operation Desert Shield.


Inflation Data Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual (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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