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 3.96% per year. Prices in 2018 are 572.0% higher than prices in 1969.

In other words, $1 in the year 1969 is equivalent in purchasing power to $6.72 in 2018, a difference of $5.72 over 49 years.

The
current inflation rate
in 2018 is 0.77%^{1}. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.01 next year.

Cumulative price change | 572.00% |

Average inflation rate | 3.96% |

Price difference ($1 base) | $5.72 |

CPI in 1969 | 36.7 |

CPI in 2018 | 246.669 |

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 246.669 in 2018:

246.669 / 36.7 * $1 =

$1 in 1969 has the same "purchasing power" as $6.72 in 2018.

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.

Raw data for these calculations comes from 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.

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