U.S. inflation rate in 1983: 3.21%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1983-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1983 was 99.6. 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 2.63% per year. Prices in 2018 are 148.0% higher than prices in 1983.

In other words, $1 in the year 1983 is equivalent in purchasing power to $2.48 in 2018, a difference of $1.48 over 35 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 0.77%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.01 next year.

Inflation from 1983 to 2018
Cumulative price change 148.00%
Average inflation rate 2.63%
Price difference ($1 base) $1.48
CPI in 1983 99.6
CPI in 2018 246.669


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1983

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1983 * 1983 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 99.6 in the year 1983 and 246.669 in 2018:

246.669 / 99.6 * $1 = $2.48

$1 in 1983 has the same "purchasing power" as $2.48 in 2018.


News headlines from 1983

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • 26 million pounds in gold, diamonds and cash is stolen from Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport in London, which is considered to be one of the world's greatest robberies.
  • Ronald Reagan ends the United States embargo against Guatemala.

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from 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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