U.S. inflation rate in 2010: 1.64%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2010-2017 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2010 was 218.056. 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 1.63% per year. Prices in 2017 are 12.0% higher than prices in 2010.

In other words, $1 in the year 2010 is equivalent to $1.12 in 2017, a difference of $0.12 over 7 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 2010 to 2017
Cumulative price change 12.00%
Average inflation rate 1.63%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.12
CPI in 2010 218.056
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

S&P 500 price · S&P 500 earnings · Shiller P/E

How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 2010

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2010 * 2010 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 218.056 in the year 2010 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 218.056 * $1 = $1.12

$1 in 2010 has the same "purchasing power" as $1.12 in 2017.


News headlines from 2010

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

  • The Copiapo mining accident in Chile ends, after 33 miners resurface having spent 69 days trapped in the ruins.
  • Big Haiti earthquake kills 230,000 people and leaves most of Port-au-Prince, its capital, in ruins.
  • An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon (a drilling rig), kills 11 people and spills a massive amount of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The US army abolishes the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, which had banned homosexuals from openly serving in the US military.

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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