The consumer price index (CPI) in 1938 was 14.1. 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 3.68% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1636.0% higher than prices in 1938.
In other words, $1 in the year 1938 is equivalent to $17.36 in 2017, a difference of $16.36 over 79 years.
|Cumulative price change||1636.00%|
|Average inflation rate||3.68%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$16.36|
|CPI in 1938||14.1|
|CPI in 2017||244.786|
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Inflation Data Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' 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.