The U.S. dollar experienced an **average inflation rate** of 2.17% per year between 1995 and 2017. $100 in the year 1995 is worth $160.45 in 2017.

The **current inflation rate** in 2017 is 1.88%^{1}.

**How to calculate inflation since 1995**

Start with the CPI inflation formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1995 * 1995 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 152.4 in the year 1995 and 244.524 in 2017:

244.524 / 152.4 * $100 = **$160.45**

The "purchasing power" of $100 from 1995 is $160.45 in 2017.

**Source: **The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual 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.