The consumer price index (CPI) in 1978 was 65.2. 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 3.38% per year. Prices in 2018 are 278.0% higher than prices in 1978.
In other words, $1 in the year 1978 is equivalent in purchasing power to $3.78 in 2018, a difference of $2.78 over 40 years.
|Cumulative price change||278.00%|
|Average inflation rate||3.38%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$2.78|
|CPI in 1978||65.2|
|CPI in 2018||246.669|
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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