U.S. inflation rate in 1952: 1.92%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1952-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1952 was 26.5. the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.45% per year. Prices in 2018 are 840.0% higher than prices in 1952.

In other words, $1 in the year 1952 is equivalent in purchasing power to $9.40 in 2018, a difference of $8.40 over 66 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.72%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 1952 to 2018
Cumulative price change 840.00%
Average inflation rate 3.45%
Price difference ($1 base) $8.40
CPI in 1952 26.5
CPI in 2018 248.991


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1952

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 26.5 in the year 1952 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 26.5 * $1 = $9.40

$1 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" as $9.40 in 2018.


News headlines from 1952

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

  • Queen Elizabeth II's succeeds King George VI to the British throne.
  • The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis of modern computers, is published for the first time by Geoffrey Dummer.

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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