U.S. inflation rate in 1975: 9.13%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1975-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1975 was 53.8. 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 3.67% per year. Prices in 2017 are 355.0% higher than prices in 1975.

In other words, $1 in the year 1975 is equivalent to $4.55 in 2017, a difference of $3.55 over 42 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 1975 to 2017
Cumulative price change 355.00%
Average inflation rate 3.67%
Price difference ($1 base) $3.55
CPI in 1975 53.8
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 1975

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1975 * 1975 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 53.8 in the year 1975 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 53.8 * $1 = $4.55

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 1975 is $4.55 in 2017.


News headlines from 1975

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

  • Margaret Thatcher becomes leader of the British Conservative Party, after defeating Edward Heath.
  • Ethiopia abrogates its 3,000-year-old monarchy.
  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft.
  • The US signals the beginning of the end of its involvement Vietnam, after it begins to evacuate its citizens from Saigon.
  • Gough Whitlam is removed by Governor General Sir John Kerr: the first time an elected Prime Minister had been deposed in 200 years (Australia).

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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