U.S. inflation rate in 2012: 2.07%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 2012-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2012 was 229.594. 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 1.29% per year. Prices in 2018 are 8.0% higher than prices in 2012.

In other words, $1 in the year 2012 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.08 in 2018, a difference of $0.08 over 6 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 2012 to 2018
Cumulative price change 8.00%
Average inflation rate 1.29%
Price difference ($1 base) $0.08
CPI in 2012 229.594
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 2012

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2012 * 2012 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 229.594 in the year 2012 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 229.594 * $1 = $1.08

$1 in 2012 has the same "purchasing power" as $1.08 in 2018.


News headlines from 2012

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

  • Wikileaks discloses 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company.
  • Kim Jong-un is officially appointed as Supreme Leader of North Korea.
  • Ecuador guarantees political asylum to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks.

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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