U.S. inflation rate in 1992: 3.01%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1992-2018 ($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 consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.22% per year. Prices in 2018 are 77.0% higher than prices in 1992.

In other words, $1 in the year 1992 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.77 in 2018, a difference of $0.77 over 26 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.72%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 1992 to 2018
Cumulative price change 77.00%
Average inflation rate 2.22%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.77
CPI in 1992 140.3
CPI in 2018 248.991


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 1992

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1992 * 1992 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 140.3 in the year 1992 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 140.3 * $1 = $1.77

$1 in 1992 has the same "purchasing power" as $1.77 in 2018.


News headlines from 1992

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

  • 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

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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