U.S. inflation rate in 2006: 3.23%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2006-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2006 was 201.6. 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 1.81% per year. Prices in 2018 are 24.0% higher than prices in 2006.

In other words, $1 in the year 2006 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.24 in 2018, a difference of $0.24 over 12 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 2006 to 2018
Cumulative price change 24.00%
Average inflation rate 1.81%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.24
CPI in 2006 201.6
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 2006

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2006 * 2006 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 201.6 in the year 2006 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 201.6 * $1 = $1.24

$1 in 2006 has the same "purchasing power" as $1.24 in 2018.


News headlines from 2006

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

  • Nepali security forces injure 243 pro-democracy protesters.
  • North Kora is alleged to have tested its first nuclear device.

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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