U.S. inflation rate in 1925: 2.34%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1925-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1925 was 17.5. the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.91% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1299.0% higher than prices in 1925.

In other words, $1 in the year 1925 is equivalent to $13.99 in 2017, a difference of $12.99 over 92 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 1925 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1299.00%
Average inflation rate 2.91%
Price difference ($1 base) $12.99
CPI in 1925 17.5
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1925

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1925 * 1925 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 17.5 in the year 1925 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 17.5 * $1 = $13.99

$1 in 1925 has the same "purchasing power" as $13.99 in 2017.


News headlines from 1925

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

  • Mein Kampf (previously: Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice) is published by Adolf Hitler .
  • The Ku Klux Klan's first national march takes place in Washington.
  • The last Qajar Shah of Iran is deposed with Reza Shah Pahlavi taking over.
  • Scopes monkey trial ends in Dayton, Tennessee, finding John T. Scopes guilty of teaching evolution.

Inflation Data Source: 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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