U.S. inflation rate in 1954: 0.75%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1954-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1954 was 26.9. 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 3.54% per year. Prices in 2018 are 826.0% higher than prices in 1954.

In other words, $1 in the year 1954 is equivalent in purchasing power to $9.26 in 2018, a difference of $8.26 over 64 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 1954 to 2018
Cumulative price change 826.00%
Average inflation rate 3.54%
Price difference ($1 base) $8.26
CPI in 1954 26.9
CPI in 2018 248.991


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1954

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1954 * 1954 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 26.9 in the year 1954 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 26.9 * $1 = $9.26

$1 in 1954 has the same "purchasing power" as $9.26 in 2018.


News headlines from 1954

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

  • IBM gives the first public demonstration of a machine translation system in their New York, head office.
  • Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser becomes Prime Minister of Egypt.
  • 7 years of fighting ends in Indochina after a formal peace agreement is made between the French and the Communist Viet Minh.

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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