U.S. inflation rate in 1969: 5.46%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1969-2017 ($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, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.03% per year. Prices in 2017 are 567.0% higher than prices in 1969.

In other words, $1 in the year 1969 is equivalent to $6.67 in 2017, a difference of $5.67 over 48 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 1969 to 2017
Cumulative price change 567.00%
Average inflation rate 4.03%
Price difference ($1 base) $5.67
CPI in 1969 36.7
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1969

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1969 * 1969 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 36.7 in the year 1969 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 36.7 * $1 = $6.67

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 1969 is $6.67 in 2017.


News headlines from 1969

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • 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: 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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