$100 in 2018 → $3.93 in 1913

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $100 in 2018 to 1913

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1913 are 96.07% lower than prices in 2018. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.13% per year during this period.

In other words, $100 in 2018 is equivalent in purchasing power to $3.93 in 1913, a difference of $-96.07 over 105 years.

The 1913 inflation rate was 2.06%. The current inflation rate (2017 to 2018) is now 2.18%1. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent to $102.18 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.


Inflation from 2018 to 1913
Cumulative price change -96.07%
Average inflation rate 3.13%
Converted amount ($100 base) $3.93
Price difference ($100 base) $-96.07
CPI in 2018 252.038
CPI in 1913 9.900
Inflation in 1913 2.06%
Inflation in 2018 2.18%


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

Buying power of $100 since 1913

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $100 in 1913 (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
1913 $100.00 2.06%
1914 $101.01 1.01%
1915 $102.02 1.00%
1916 $110.10 7.92%
1917 $129.29 17.43%
1918 $152.53 17.97%
1919 $174.75 14.57%
1920 $202.02 15.61%
1921 $180.81 -10.50%
1922 $169.70 -6.15%
1923 $172.73 1.79%
1924 $172.73 0.00%
1925 $176.77 2.34%
1926 $178.79 1.14%
1927 $175.76 -1.69%
1928 $172.73 -1.72%
1929 $172.73 0.00%
1930 $168.69 -2.34%
1931 $153.54 -8.98%
1932 $138.38 -9.87%
1933 $131.31 -5.11%
1934 $135.35 3.08%
1935 $138.38 2.24%
1936 $140.40 1.46%
1937 $145.45 3.60%
1938 $142.42 -2.08%
1939 $140.40 -1.42%
1940 $141.41 0.72%
1941 $148.48 5.00%
1942 $164.65 10.88%
1943 $174.75 6.13%
1944 $177.78 1.73%
1945 $181.82 2.27%
1946 $196.97 8.33%
1947 $225.25 14.36%
1948 $243.43 8.07%
1949 $240.40 -1.24%
1950 $243.43 1.26%
1951 $262.63 7.88%
1952 $267.68 1.92%
1953 $269.70 0.75%
1954 $271.72 0.75%
1955 $270.71 -0.37%
1956 $274.75 1.49%
1957 $283.84 3.31%
1958 $291.92 2.85%
1959 $293.94 0.69%
1960 $298.99 1.72%
1961 $302.02 1.01%
1962 $305.05 1.00%
1963 $309.09 1.32%
1964 $313.13 1.31%
1965 $318.18 1.61%
1966 $327.27 2.86%
1967 $337.37 3.09%
1968 $351.52 4.19%
1969 $370.71 5.46%
1970 $391.92 5.72%
1971 $409.09 4.38%
1972 $422.22 3.21%
1973 $448.48 6.22%
1974 $497.98 11.04%
1975 $543.43 9.13%
1976 $574.75 5.76%
1977 $612.12 6.50%
1978 $658.59 7.59%
1979 $733.33 11.35%
1980 $832.32 13.50%
1981 $918.18 10.32%
1982 $974.75 6.16%
1983 $1,006.06 3.21%
1984 $1,049.49 4.32%
1985 $1,086.87 3.56%
1986 $1,107.07 1.86%
1987 $1,147.47 3.65%
1988 $1,194.95 4.14%
1989 $1,252.53 4.82%
1990 $1,320.20 5.40%
1991 $1,375.76 4.21%
1992 $1,417.17 3.01%
1993 $1,459.60 2.99%
1994 $1,496.97 2.56%
1995 $1,539.39 2.83%
1996 $1,584.85 2.95%
1997 $1,621.21 2.29%
1998 $1,646.46 1.56%
1999 $1,682.83 2.21%
2000 $1,739.39 3.36%
2001 $1,788.89 2.85%
2002 $1,817.17 1.58%
2003 $1,858.59 2.28%
2004 $1,908.08 2.66%
2005 $1,972.73 3.39%
2006 $2,036.36 3.23%
2007 $2,094.36 2.85%
2008 $2,174.78 3.84%
2009 $2,167.04 -0.36%
2010 $2,202.59 1.64%
2011 $2,272.11 3.16%
2012 $2,319.13 2.07%
2013 $2,353.10 1.46%
2014 $2,391.27 1.62%
2015 $2,394.11 0.12%
2016 $2,424.31 1.26%
2017 $2,475.96 2.13%
2018 $2,545.84 2.82%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 2018 would be equivalent to £0.89 in 1913, an absolute change of £-99.11 and a cumulative change of -99.11%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $-96.07 and total percent change of -96.07%.


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 2018 and 1913.

Compare these values to the overall average of 3.13% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1913 → 2018
Food 3.13 2,453.72 2,553.72
Shelter 4.10 6,731.11 6,831.11
Energy 3.89 5,406.10 5,506.10
Apparel 2.05 746.45 846.45
New vehicles 1.05 200.65 300.65
Used cars and trucks 0.61 90.17 190.17
Transportation services 3.35 3,065.21 3,165.21
Medical care services 5.11 18,611.08 18,711.08
Medical care commodities 4.28 8,088.60 8,188.60

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 2018. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1913 to 2018

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1913CPI in 2018
×
2018 USD value
=
1913 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 252.038 in the year 2018 and 9.9 in 1913:

9.9252.038
×
$100
=
$3.93

$100 in 2018 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $3.93 in 1913.

To get the total inflation rate for the 105 years between 1913 and 2018, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1913 - CPI in 2018CPI in 2018
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (105 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.9 - 252.038252.038
×
100
=
-96%

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: “$100 in 2018 → 1913 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 13 Dec. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/2018-dollars-in-1913?amount=100.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


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