U.S. inflation rate in 1986: 1.86%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1986-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1986 was 109.6. 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 2.62% per year. Prices in 2017 are 123.0% higher than prices in 1986.

In other words, $1 in the year 1986 is equivalent to $2.23 in 2017, a difference of $1.23 over 31 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 1986 to 2017
Cumulative price change 123.00%
Average inflation rate 2.62%
Price difference ($1 base) $1.23
CPI in 1986 109.6
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 1986

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1986 * 1986 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 109.6 in the year 1986 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 109.6 * $1 = $2.23

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 1986 is $2.23 in 2017.


News headlines from 1986

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

  • Ferdinand Marcos becomes president of the Philippines after rigged elections.
  • 6.5 million People hold hands across the US in an event referred to as Hands Across America.
  • Doctors announce that the drug AZT will be available to AIDS patients.
  • Talks between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev begin at the Reykjavik summit.
  • Mrs. Davina Thompson receives the first heart, lung and liver transplant in Cambridge, England.

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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