The consumer price index (CPI) in 1997 was 160.5. 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 2.08% per year. Prices in 2018 are 54.0% higher than prices in 1997.
In other words, $1 in the year 1997 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.54 in 2018, a difference of $0.54 over 21 years.
|Cumulative price change||54.00%|
|Average inflation rate||2.08%|
|Price difference ($1 base)||$0.54|
|CPI in 1997||160.5|
|CPI in 2018||246.669|
Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:
Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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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