U.S. inflation rate in 2005: 3.39%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2005-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2005 was 195.3. 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 1.86% per year. Prices in 2018 are 27.0% higher than prices in 2005.

In other words, $1 in the year 2005 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.27 in 2018, a difference of $0.27 over 13 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 2005 to 2018
Cumulative price change 27.00%
Average inflation rate 1.86%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.27
CPI in 2005 195.3
CPI in 2018 248.991


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 2005

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2005 * 2005 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 195.3 in the year 2005 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 195.3 * $1 = $1.27

$1 in 2005 has the same "purchasing power" as $1.27 in 2018.


News headlines from 2005

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

  • Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asks Parliament to amend Article 76 and orders constitutional changes in order to allow multi-candidate presidential elections.
  • Syria's 29-year-long military domination of Lebanon ends, after it withdraws the last of its 14,000 troops under international pressure.
  • A coordinated bomb attack hits London's public transport system, during the morning rush hour, killing 52 and injuring a further 700 people.
  • Angela Merkel becomes first female Chancellor of Germany.

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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