U.S. inflation rate in 1995: 2.83%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1995-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1995 was 152.4. 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 2.19% per year. Prices in 2017 are 61.0% higher than prices in 1995.

In other words, $1 in the year 1995 is equivalent to $1.61 in 2017, a difference of $0.61 over 22 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 1995 to 2017
Cumulative price change 61.00%
Average inflation rate 2.19%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.61
CPI in 1995 152.4
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1995

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1995 * 1995 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 152.4 in the year 1995 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 152.4 * $1 = $1.61

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 1995 is $1.61 in 2017.


News headlines from 1995

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

  • Bosnian Serbs massacre over 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.
  • Scientists discover the Hale-Bopp Comet; which later became visible to the naked eye.
  • Signing of the Dayton Agreement in Paris in order to end conflicts between former Yugoslavian republics
  • 170 countries agree to the unconditional and indefinite extending of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
  • Austria, Finland and Sweden accede to the European Union.

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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