U.S. inflation rate in 1992: 3.01%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1992-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1992 was 140.3. 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 2.24% per year. Prices in 2017 are 74.0% higher than prices in 1992.

In other words, $1 in the year 1992 is equivalent to $1.74 in 2017, a difference of $0.74 over 25 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 1992 to 2017
Cumulative price change 74.00%
Average inflation rate 2.24%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.74
CPI in 1992 140.3
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1992

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1992 * 1992 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 140.3 in the year 1992 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 140.3 * $1 = $1.74

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 1992 is $1.74 in 2017.


News headlines from 1992

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

  • The Conservative party wins the 1992 British general election, returning John Major to his role as Prime Minister.
  • Nelson Mandela's meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar.
  • Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States,.

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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