U.S. inflation rate in 2010: 1.64%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2010-2018 ($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 consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.65% per year. Prices in 2018 are 14.0% higher than prices in 2010.

In other words, $1 in the year 2010 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.14 in 2018, a difference of $0.14 over 8 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 2010 to 2018
Cumulative price change 14.00%
Average inflation rate 1.65%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.14
CPI in 2010 218.056
CPI in 2018 248.991


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 2010

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2010 * 2010 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 218.056 in the year 2010 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 218.056 * $1 = $1.14

$1 in 2010 has the same "purchasing power" as $1.14 in 2018.


News headlines from 2010

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

  • 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

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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