U.S. inflation rate in 1928: -1.72%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1928-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1928 was 17.1. 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 3.03% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1331.0% higher than prices in 1928.

In other words, $1 in the year 1928 is equivalent to $14.31 in 2017, a difference of $13.31 over 89 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 1928 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1331.00%
Average inflation rate 3.03%
Price difference ($1 base) $13.31
CPI in 1928 17.1
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1928

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1928 * 1928 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 17.1 in the year 1928 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 17.1 * $1 = $14.31

$1 in 1928 has the same "purchasing power" as $14.31 in 2017.


News headlines from 1928

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

  • Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru requests Indian independence.
  • Alexander Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist, accidentally discovers penicillin while studying influenza.

Inflation Data Source

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.

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