U.S. inflation rate in 1969: 5.46%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1969-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1969 was 36.7. 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 3.98% per year. Prices in 2018 are 578.0% higher than prices in 1969.

In other words, $1 in the year 1969 is equivalent in purchasing power to $6.78 in 2018, a difference of $5.78 over 49 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 1969 to 2018
Cumulative price change 578.00%
Average inflation rate 3.98%
Price difference ($1 base) $5.78
CPI in 1969 36.7
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 1969

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1969 * 1969 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 36.7 in the year 1969 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 36.7 * $1 = $6.78

$1 in 1969 has the same "purchasing power" as $6.78 in 2018.


News headlines from 1969

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

  • Golda Meir becomes first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  • Colonel Muammar Gaddafi deposes King Idris during the Libyan revolution.
  • Millions protest against the war on Vietnam Moratorium Day.

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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