The consumer price index (CPI) in 1970 was 38.8. 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 4.00% per year. Prices in 2017 are 531.0% higher than prices in 1970.
In other words, $1 in the year 1970 is equivalent to $6.31 in 2017, a difference of $5.31 over 47 years.
|Cumulative price change||531.00%|
|Average inflation rate||4.00%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$5.31|
|CPI in 1970||38.8|
|CPI in 2017||244.786|
Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.
Inflation Data Source: 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.