The consumer price index (CPI) in 1973 was 44.4. 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 3.95% per year. Prices in 2017 are 451.0% higher than prices in 1973.
In other words, $1 in the year 1973 is equivalent to $5.51 in 2017, a difference of $4.51 over 44 years.
|Cumulative price change||451.00%|
|Average inflation rate||3.95%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$4.51|
|CPI in 1973||44.4|
|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.