$10 in 1749 is worth $370.34 in 2015

Value of $10 from 1749 to 2015

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2015 are 3,603.39% higher than average prices since 1749. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.37% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $10 in 1749 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $370.34 in 2015, a difference of $360.34 over 266 years.

The 1749 inflation rate was 1.59%. The inflation rate in 2015 was 0.12%. The 2015 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.58% per year between 2015 and 2020.


Inflation from 1749 to 2015
Cumulative price change 3,603.39%
Average inflation rate 1.37%
Converted amount ($10 base) $370.34
Price difference ($10 base) $360.34
CPI in 1749 6.400
CPI in 2015 237.017
Inflation in 1749 1.59%
Inflation in 2015 0.12%

USD Inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $10 in 1749

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $10 in 1749 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $10, you would need to end with $370.34 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $10 is equivalent to $370.34 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.S. dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1749 dollars, the chart below shows how $10 is worth less over 266 years.

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:

Dollar inflation: 1749-2015
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1749 $10.00 1.59%
1750 $10.00 0.00%
1751 $10.00 0.00%
1752 $10.31 3.12%
1753 $10.00 -3.03%
1754 $9.53 -4.69%
1755 $9.38 -1.64%
1756 $9.06 -3.33%
1757 $9.69 6.90%
1758 $10.47 8.06%
1759 $12.34 17.91%
1760 $11.87 -3.80%
1761 $10.78 -9.21%
1762 $11.72 8.70%
1763 $11.72 0.00%
1764 $10.94 -6.67%
1765 $11.25 2.86%
1766 $12.03 6.94%
1767 $11.87 -1.30%
1768 $11.25 -5.26%
1769 $11.87 5.56%
1770 $12.81 7.89%
1771 $12.19 -4.88%
1772 $14.22 16.67%
1773 $13.44 -5.49%
1774 $12.66 -5.81%
1775 $12.03 -4.94%
1776 $13.59 12.99%
1777 $16.56 21.84%
1778 $21.56 30.19%
1779 $19.06 -11.59%
1780 $21.41 12.30%
1781 $17.34 -18.98%
1782 $18.91 9.01%
1783 $16.56 -12.40%
1784 $15.94 -3.77%
1785 $15.16 -4.90%
1786 $14.84 -2.06%
1787 $14.53 -2.11%
1788 $13.91 -4.30%
1789 $13.75 -1.12%
1790 $14.37 4.55%
1791 $14.69 2.17%
1792 $15.00 2.13%
1793 $15.47 3.13%
1794 $17.19 11.11%
1795 $19.69 14.55%
1796 $20.62 4.76%
1797 $19.84 -3.79%
1798 $19.22 -3.15%
1799 $19.22 0.00%
1800 $19.69 2.44%
1801 $19.84 0.79%
1802 $16.72 -15.75%
1803 $17.66 5.61%
1804 $18.44 4.42%
1805 $18.28 -0.85%
1806 $19.06 4.27%
1807 $18.12 -4.92%
1808 $19.69 8.62%
1809 $19.22 -2.38%
1810 $19.22 0.00%
1811 $20.47 6.50%
1812 $20.78 1.53%
1813 $25.00 20.30%
1814 $27.50 10.00%
1815 $24.06 -12.50%
1816 $22.03 -8.44%
1817 $20.78 -5.67%
1818 $19.84 -4.51%
1819 $19.84 0.00%
1820 $18.28 -7.87%
1821 $17.66 -3.42%
1822 $18.28 3.54%
1823 $16.41 -10.26%
1824 $15.16 -7.62%
1825 $15.47 2.06%
1826 $15.47 0.00%
1827 $15.63 1.01%
1828 $14.84 -5.00%
1829 $14.53 -2.11%
1830 $14.37 -1.08%
1831 $13.59 -5.43%
1832 $13.44 -1.15%
1833 $13.13 -2.33%
1834 $13.44 2.38%
1835 $13.75 2.33%
1836 $14.53 5.68%
1837 $15.00 3.23%
1838 $14.53 -3.12%
1839 $14.53 0.00%
1840 $13.59 -6.45%
1841 $13.59 0.00%
1842 $12.81 -5.75%
1843 $11.56 -9.76%
1844 $11.72 1.35%
1845 $11.87 1.33%
1846 $12.03 1.32%
1847 $12.81 6.49%
1848 $12.34 -3.66%
1849 $12.03 -2.53%
1850 $12.19 1.30%
1851 $12.03 -1.28%
1852 $12.03 0.00%
1853 $12.03 0.00%
1854 $13.13 9.09%
1855 $13.59 3.57%
1856 $13.28 -2.30%
1857 $13.59 2.35%
1858 $12.81 -5.75%
1859 $12.97 1.22%
1860 $12.97 0.00%
1861 $13.75 6.02%
1862 $15.78 14.77%
1863 $19.69 24.75%
1864 $24.53 24.60%
1865 $25.47 3.82%
1866 $24.84 -2.45%
1867 $23.13 -6.92%
1868 $22.19 -4.05%
1869 $21.25 -4.23%
1870 $20.47 -3.68%
1871 $19.06 -6.87%
1872 $19.06 0.00%
1873 $18.75 -1.64%
1874 $17.81 -5.00%
1875 $17.19 -3.51%
1876 $16.72 -2.73%
1877 $16.41 -1.87%
1878 $15.63 -4.76%
1879 $15.63 0.00%
1880 $15.94 2.00%
1881 $15.94 0.00%
1882 $15.94 0.00%
1883 $15.78 -0.98%
1884 $15.31 -2.97%
1885 $15.16 -1.02%
1886 $14.69 -3.09%
1887 $14.84 1.06%
1888 $14.84 0.00%
1889 $14.37 -3.16%
1890 $14.22 -1.09%
1891 $14.22 0.00%
1892 $14.22 0.00%
1893 $14.06 -1.10%
1894 $13.44 -4.44%
1895 $13.13 -2.33%
1896 $13.13 0.00%
1897 $12.97 -1.19%
1898 $12.97 0.00%
1899 $12.97 0.00%
1900 $13.13 1.20%
1901 $13.28 1.19%
1902 $13.44 1.18%
1903 $13.75 2.33%
1904 $13.91 1.14%
1905 $13.75 -1.12%
1906 $14.06 2.27%
1907 $14.69 4.44%
1908 $14.37 -2.13%
1909 $14.22 -1.09%
1910 $14.84 4.40%
1911 $14.84 0.00%
1912 $15.16 2.11%
1913 $15.47 2.06%
1914 $15.63 1.01%
1915 $15.78 1.00%
1916 $17.03 7.92%
1917 $20.00 17.43%
1918 $23.59 17.97%
1919 $27.03 14.57%
1920 $31.25 15.61%
1921 $27.97 -10.50%
1922 $26.25 -6.15%
1923 $26.72 1.79%
1924 $26.72 0.00%
1925 $27.34 2.34%
1926 $27.66 1.14%
1927 $27.19 -1.69%
1928 $26.72 -1.72%
1929 $26.72 0.00%
1930 $26.09 -2.34%
1931 $23.75 -8.98%
1932 $21.41 -9.87%
1933 $20.31 -5.11%
1934 $20.94 3.08%
1935 $21.41 2.24%
1936 $21.72 1.46%
1937 $22.50 3.60%
1938 $22.03 -2.08%
1939 $21.72 -1.42%
1940 $21.88 0.72%
1941 $22.97 5.00%
1942 $25.47 10.88%
1943 $27.03 6.13%
1944 $27.50 1.73%
1945 $28.13 2.27%
1946 $30.47 8.33%
1947 $34.84 14.36%
1948 $37.66 8.07%
1949 $37.19 -1.24%
1950 $37.66 1.26%
1951 $40.63 7.88%
1952 $41.41 1.92%
1953 $41.72 0.75%
1954 $42.03 0.75%
1955 $41.88 -0.37%
1956 $42.50 1.49%
1957 $43.91 3.31%
1958 $45.16 2.85%
1959 $45.47 0.69%
1960 $46.25 1.72%
1961 $46.72 1.01%
1962 $47.19 1.00%
1963 $47.81 1.32%
1964 $48.44 1.31%
1965 $49.22 1.61%
1966 $50.62 2.86%
1967 $52.19 3.09%
1968 $54.37 4.19%
1969 $57.34 5.46%
1970 $60.62 5.72%
1971 $63.28 4.38%
1972 $65.31 3.21%
1973 $69.37 6.22%
1974 $77.03 11.04%
1975 $84.06 9.13%
1976 $88.91 5.76%
1977 $94.69 6.50%
1978 $101.88 7.59%
1979 $113.44 11.35%
1980 $128.75 13.50%
1981 $142.03 10.32%
1982 $150.78 6.16%
1983 $155.62 3.21%
1984 $162.34 4.32%
1985 $168.12 3.56%
1986 $171.25 1.86%
1987 $177.50 3.65%
1988 $184.84 4.14%
1989 $193.75 4.82%
1990 $204.22 5.40%
1991 $212.81 4.21%
1992 $219.22 3.01%
1993 $225.78 2.99%
1994 $231.56 2.56%
1995 $238.13 2.83%
1996 $245.16 2.95%
1997 $250.78 2.29%
1998 $254.69 1.56%
1999 $260.31 2.21%
2000 $269.06 3.36%
2001 $276.72 2.85%
2002 $281.09 1.58%
2003 $287.50 2.28%
2004 $295.16 2.66%
2005 $305.16 3.39%
2006 $315.00 3.23%
2007 $323.97 2.85%
2008 $336.41 3.84%
2009 $335.21 -0.36%
2010 $340.71 1.64%
2011 $351.47 3.16%
2012 $358.74 2.07%
2013 $364.00 1.46%
2014 $369.90 1.62%
2015 $370.34 0.12%
2016 $375.01 1.26%
2017 $383.00 2.13%
2018 $392.55 2.49%
2019 $399.46 1.76%
2020 $400.61 0.29%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1749 amounts in 2015 dollars, based on the 3,603.39% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 2015
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1749 $37.03 dollars in 2015
$5 dollars in 1749 $185.17 dollars in 2015
$10 dollars in 1749 $370.34 dollars in 2015
$50 dollars in 1749 $1,851.70 dollars in 2015
$100 dollars in 1749 $3,703.39 dollars in 2015
$500 dollars in 1749 $18,516.95 dollars in 2015
$1,000 dollars in 1749 $37,033.91 dollars in 2015
$5,000 dollars in 1749 $185,169.53 dollars in 2015
$10,000 dollars in 1749 $370,339.06 dollars in 2015
$50,000 dollars in 1749 $1,851,695.31 dollars in 2015
$100,000 dollars in 1749 $3,703,390.62 dollars in 2015
$500,000 dollars in 1749 $18,516,953.12 dollars in 2015
$1,000,000 dollars in 1749 $37,033,906.25 dollars in 2015

Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1749 and 2015.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.37% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $10 in 1749 → 2015
Food and beverages 4.15 5,028,940.76 502,904.08
Housing 4.35 8,363,775.18 836,387.52
Apparel 2.11 26,026.11 2,612.61
Transportation 3.36 649,746.89 64,984.69
Medical care 5.28 87,023,820.58 8,702,392.06
Recreation 1.12 1,810.66 191.07
Education and communication 2.20 32,822.70 3,292.27
Other goods and services 5.28 88,403,495.46 8,840,359.55

The graph below compares inflation in categories of goods over time. Click on a category such as "Food" to toggle it on or off:

For all these visualizations, it's important to note that not all categories may have been tracked since 1749. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $10, 1749 to 2015

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1749 and 2015:

CPI in 2015 CPI in 1749
×
1749 USD value
=
2015 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 6.4 in the year 1749 and 237.017 in 2015:

237.0176.4
×
$10
=
$370.34

$10 in 1749 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $370.34 in 2015.

To get the total inflation rate for the 266 years between 1749 and 2015, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2015 - CPI in 1749CPI in 1749
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (266 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

237.017 - 6.46.4
×
100
=
3,603%

Data Source & Citation

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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$10 in 1749 → 2015 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 31 May. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1749-dollars-in-2015?amount=10.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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


Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1749 to 2015
Cumulative price change 3,603.39%
Average inflation rate 1.37%
Converted amount ($10 base) $370.34
Price difference ($10 base) $360.34
CPI in 1749 6.400
CPI in 2015 237.017
Inflation in 1749 1.59%
Inflation in 2015 0.12%