According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2019 are 2,487.30% higher than average prices throughout 1913. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.12% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, $720 in 1913 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $18,628.58 in 2019, a difference of $17,908.58 over 106 years.

The 1913 inflation rate was 2.06%. The current inflation rate (2018 to 2019) is now 1.65%^{1}. If this number holds, $720 today will be equivalent in buying power to $731.87 next year.
The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

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Cumulative price change | 2,487.30% |

Average inflation rate | 3.12% |

Converted amount ($720 base) | $18,628.58 |

Price difference ($720 base) | $17,908.58 |

CPI in 1913 | 9.900 |

CPI in 2019 | 256.143 |

Inflation in 1913 | 2.06% |

Inflation in 2019 | 1.65% |

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for $720 in 1913 (price index tracking began in 1635).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £720.00 in 1913 would be equivalent to £82,390.19 in 2019, an absolute change of £81,670.19 and a cumulative change of 11,343.08%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $17,908.58 and total percent change of 2,487.30%.

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1913 and 2019.

Compare these values to the overall average of 3.12% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $720 in 1913 → 2019 |
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Food | 3.12 | 2,495.37 | 18,686.68 |

Shelter | 4.08 | 6,859.58 | 50,108.99 |

Energy | 3.78 | 5,005.31 | 36,758.20 |

Apparel | 2.02 | 736.19 | 6,020.60 |

New vehicles | 1.04 | 199.91 | 2,159.36 |

Used cars and trucks | 0.62 | 93.08 | 1,390.16 |

Transportation services | 4.02 | 6,454.94 | 47,195.53 |

Medical care services | 5.07 | 18,907.50 | 136,854.01 |

Medical care commodities | 3.00 | 2,196.28 | 16,533.25 |

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1913. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019CPI in 1913

×

1913 USD value

=

2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.9 in the year 1913 and 256.143 in 2019:

256.1439.9

×

$720

=

$720 in 1913 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $18,628.58 in 2019.

To get the total inflation rate for the 106 years between 1913 and 2019, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2019 - CPI in 1913CPI in 1913

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

256.143 - 9.99.9

×

100

=

The average inflation rate of 3.12% has a compounding effect between 1913 and 2019. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate compounds to produce an overall price difference of 2,487.30% over 106 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $720 in the S&P 500 index in 1913, our investment would be *nominally* worth approximately $17,242,840.19 in 2019. This is a return on investment of 2,394,738.91%, with an absolute return of $17,242,120.19.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered *nominal*. In order to evaluate the *real* return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 96.13% of returns ($16,575,707.32) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted *real* return of our $720 investment is $666,412.86.

Original Amount | Final Amount | Change | |
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Nominal |
$720 | $17,242,840.19 | 2,394,738.91% |

RealInflation Adjusted |
$720 | $666,412.86 | 92,557.34% |

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

- The House of Commons accepts Home Rule for Ireland.
- China's first parliament is opened in Beijing.
- The nation of Albania is formed.
- The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line.

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$720 in 1913 → 2019 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Jul. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1913?amount=720.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

Cumulative price change | 2,487.30% |

Average inflation rate | 3.12% |

Converted amount ($720 base) | $18,628.58 |

Price difference ($720 base) | $17,908.58 |

CPI in 1913 | 9.900 |

CPI in 2019 | 256.143 |

Inflation in 1913 | 2.06% |

Inflation in 2019 | 1.65% |