U.S. inflation rate in 1982: 6.16%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1982-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1982 was 96.5. 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 2.70% per year. Prices in 2017 are 154.0% higher than prices in 1982.

In other words, $1 in the year 1982 is equivalent to $2.54 in 2017, a difference of $1.54 over 35 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 1982 to 2017
Cumulative price change 154.00%
Average inflation rate 2.70%
Price difference ($1 base) $1.54
CPI in 1982 96.5
CPI in 2017 244.786


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1982

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1982 * 1982 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 96.5 in the year 1982 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 96.5 * $1 = $2.54

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 1982 is $2.54 in 2017.


News headlines from 1982

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

  • The Falkland Islands are seized from Great Britain by several thousand Argentine troops.
  • Canada's constitution is adopted.
  • The General Belgrano, an Argentine cruiser is sunk by Conqueror, a British Submarine; more than 350 men are killed
  • Argentina surrenders to Great Britain ending the Falklands conflict.

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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