U.S. inflation rate in 2005: 3.39%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2005-2017 ($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, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.88% per year. Prices in 2017 are 25.0% higher than prices in 2005.

In other words, $1 in the year 2005 is equivalent to $1.25 in 2017, a difference of $0.25 over 12 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 2005 to 2017
Cumulative price change 25.00%
Average inflation rate 1.88%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.25
CPI in 2005 195.3
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 2005

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2005 * 2005 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 195.3 in the year 2005 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 195.3 * $1 = $1.25

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 2005 is $1.25 in 2017.


News headlines from 2005

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

  • 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: 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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