$30 in 1787 is worth $790.71 in 2017

Value of $30 from 1787 to 2017

$30 in 1787 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $790.71 in 2017, an increase of $760.71 over 230 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 1.43% per year between 1787 and 2017, producing a cumulative price increase of 2,535.70%.

This means that prices in 2017 are 26.36 times higher than average prices since 1787, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1787 was -2.11%. The inflation rate in 2017 was 2.13%. The 2017 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.99% per year between 2017 and 2022.


Inflation from 1787 to 2017
Cumulative price change2,535.70%
Average inflation rate1.43%
Converted amount ($30 base)$790.71
Price difference ($30 base)$760.71
CPI in 17879.300
CPI in 2017245.120
Inflation in 1787-2.11%
Inflation in 20172.13%
$30 in 1787$790.71 in 2017

USD inflation since 1787
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $30 in 1787

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $30 in 1787 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $30, you would need to end with $790.71 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $30 is equivalent to $790.71 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 1787 dollars, the chart below shows how $30 is worth less over 230 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: 1787-2017
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1787$30.00-2.11%
1788$28.71-4.30%
1789$28.39-1.12%
1790$29.684.55%
1791$30.322.17%
1792$30.972.13%
1793$31.943.13%
1794$35.4811.11%
1795$40.6514.55%
1796$42.584.76%
1797$40.97-3.79%
1798$39.68-3.15%
1799$39.680.00%
1800$40.652.44%
1801$40.970.79%
1802$34.52-15.75%
1803$36.455.61%
1804$38.064.42%
1805$37.74-0.85%
1806$39.354.27%
1807$37.42-4.92%
1808$40.658.62%
1809$39.68-2.38%
1810$39.680.00%
1811$42.266.50%
1812$42.901.53%
1813$51.6120.30%
1814$56.7710.00%
1815$49.68-12.50%
1816$45.48-8.44%
1817$42.90-5.67%
1818$40.97-4.51%
1819$40.970.00%
1820$37.74-7.87%
1821$36.45-3.42%
1822$37.743.54%
1823$33.87-10.26%
1824$31.29-7.62%
1825$31.942.06%
1826$31.940.00%
1827$32.261.01%
1828$30.65-5.00%
1829$30.00-2.11%
1830$29.68-1.08%
1831$28.06-5.43%
1832$27.74-1.15%
1833$27.10-2.33%
1834$27.742.38%
1835$28.392.33%
1836$30.005.68%
1837$30.973.23%
1838$30.00-3.12%
1839$30.000.00%
1840$28.06-6.45%
1841$28.060.00%
1842$26.45-5.75%
1843$23.87-9.76%
1844$24.191.35%
1845$24.521.33%
1846$24.841.32%
1847$26.456.49%
1848$25.48-3.66%
1849$24.84-2.53%
1850$25.161.30%
1851$24.84-1.28%
1852$24.840.00%
1853$24.840.00%
1854$27.109.09%
1855$28.063.57%
1856$27.42-2.30%
1857$28.062.35%
1858$26.45-5.75%
1859$26.771.22%
1860$26.770.00%
1861$28.396.02%
1862$32.5814.77%
1863$40.6524.75%
1864$50.6524.60%
1865$52.583.82%
1866$51.29-2.45%
1867$47.74-6.92%
1868$45.81-4.05%
1869$43.87-4.23%
1870$42.26-3.68%
1871$39.35-6.87%
1872$39.350.00%
1873$38.71-1.64%
1874$36.77-5.00%
1875$35.48-3.51%
1876$34.52-2.73%
1877$33.87-1.87%
1878$32.26-4.76%
1879$32.260.00%
1880$32.902.00%
1881$32.900.00%
1882$32.900.00%
1883$32.58-0.98%
1884$31.61-2.97%
1885$31.29-1.02%
1886$30.32-3.09%
1887$30.651.06%
1888$30.650.00%
1889$29.68-3.16%
1890$29.35-1.09%
1891$29.350.00%
1892$29.350.00%
1893$29.03-1.10%
1894$27.74-4.44%
1895$27.10-2.33%
1896$27.100.00%
1897$26.77-1.19%
1898$26.770.00%
1899$26.770.00%
1900$27.101.20%
1901$27.421.19%
1902$27.741.18%
1903$28.392.33%
1904$28.711.14%
1905$28.39-1.12%
1906$29.032.27%
1907$30.324.44%
1908$29.68-2.13%
1909$29.35-1.09%
1910$30.654.40%
1911$30.650.00%
1912$31.292.11%
1913$31.942.06%
1914$32.261.01%
1915$32.581.00%
1916$35.167.92%
1917$41.2917.43%
1918$48.7117.97%
1919$55.8114.57%
1920$64.5215.61%
1921$57.74-10.50%
1922$54.19-6.15%
1923$55.161.79%
1924$55.160.00%
1925$56.452.34%
1926$57.101.14%
1927$56.13-1.69%
1928$55.16-1.72%
1929$55.160.00%
1930$53.87-2.34%
1931$49.03-8.98%
1932$44.19-9.87%
1933$41.94-5.11%
1934$43.233.08%
1935$44.192.24%
1936$44.841.46%
1937$46.453.60%
1938$45.48-2.08%
1939$44.84-1.42%
1940$45.160.72%
1941$47.425.00%
1942$52.5810.88%
1943$55.816.13%
1944$56.771.73%
1945$58.062.27%
1946$62.908.33%
1947$71.9414.36%
1948$77.748.07%
1949$76.77-1.24%
1950$77.741.26%
1951$83.877.88%
1952$85.481.92%
1953$86.130.75%
1954$86.770.75%
1955$86.45-0.37%
1956$87.741.49%
1957$90.653.31%
1958$93.232.85%
1959$93.870.69%
1960$95.481.72%
1961$96.451.01%
1962$97.421.00%
1963$98.711.32%
1964$100.001.31%
1965$101.611.61%
1966$104.522.86%
1967$107.743.09%
1968$112.264.19%
1969$118.395.46%
1970$125.165.72%
1971$130.654.38%
1972$134.843.21%
1973$143.236.22%
1974$159.0311.04%
1975$173.559.13%
1976$183.555.76%
1977$195.486.50%
1978$210.327.59%
1979$234.1911.35%
1980$265.8113.50%
1981$293.2310.32%
1982$311.296.16%
1983$321.293.21%
1984$335.164.32%
1985$347.103.56%
1986$353.551.86%
1987$366.453.65%
1988$381.614.14%
1989$400.004.82%
1990$421.615.40%
1991$439.354.21%
1992$452.583.01%
1993$466.132.99%
1994$478.062.56%
1995$491.612.83%
1996$506.132.95%
1997$517.742.29%
1998$525.811.56%
1999$537.422.21%
2000$555.483.36%
2001$571.292.85%
2002$580.321.58%
2003$593.552.28%
2004$609.352.66%
2005$630.003.39%
2006$650.323.23%
2007$668.852.85%
2008$694.533.84%
2009$692.05-0.36%
2010$703.411.64%
2011$725.613.16%
2012$740.632.07%
2013$751.471.46%
2014$763.661.62%
2015$764.570.12%
2016$774.221.26%
2017$790.712.13%
2018$810.422.49%
2019$824.701.76%
2020$834.881.23%
2021$874.104.70%
2022$961.339.98%*
* 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 1787 amounts in 2017 dollars, based on the 2,535.70% change in prices:

Conversion: 1787 dollars in 2017
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1787$26.36 dollars in 2017
$5 dollars in 1787$131.78 dollars in 2017
$10 dollars in 1787$263.57 dollars in 2017
$50 dollars in 1787$1,317.85 dollars in 2017
$100 dollars in 1787$2,635.70 dollars in 2017
$500 dollars in 1787$13,178.49 dollars in 2017
$1,000 dollars in 1787$26,356.99 dollars in 2017
$5,000 dollars in 1787$131,784.95 dollars in 2017
$10,000 dollars in 1787$263,569.89 dollars in 2017
$50,000 dollars in 1787$1,317,849.46 dollars in 2017
$100,000 dollars in 1787$2,635,698.92 dollars in 2017
$500,000 dollars in 1787$13,178,494.62 dollars in 2017
$1,000,000 dollars in 1787$26,356,989.25 dollars in 2017

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £30.00 in 1787 would be equivalent to £4,478.75 in 2017, an absolute change of £4,448.75 and a cumulative change of 14,829.17%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $760.71 and total percent change of 2,535.70%.


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 1787 and 2017.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.43% per year:

CategoryAvg Inflation (%)Total Inflation (%)$30 in 1787 → 2017
Food and beverages4.01845,193.98253,588.19
Housing4.291,561,412.50468,453.75
Apparel2.0711,056.853,347.05
Transportation3.29170,341.5951,132.48
Medical care4.804,782,056.291,434,646.89
Recreation1.111,176.89383.07
Education and communication1.978,690.222,637.07
Other goods and services5.1510,456,965.623,137,119.69

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 1787. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to calculate inflation rate for $30, 1787 to 2017

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1787 and 2017:

CPI in 2017 CPI in 1787
×
1787 USD value
=
2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.3 in the year 1787 and 245.12 in 2017:

245.129.3
×
$30
=
$790.71

$30 in 1787 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $790.71 in 2017.

To get the total inflation rate for the 230 years between 1787 and 2017, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2017 - CPI in 1787CPI in 1787
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (230 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

245.12 - 9.39.3
×
100
=
2,536%

Data source & citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1634 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University and from the American Antiquarian Society.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$30 in 1787 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 7 Dec. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/1787-dollars-in-2017?amount=30.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

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 1787 to 2017
Cumulative price change2,535.70%
Average inflation rate1.43%
Converted amount ($30 base)$790.71
Price difference ($30 base)$760.71
CPI in 17879.300
CPI in 2017245.120
Inflation in 1787-2.11%
Inflation in 20172.13%
$30 in 1787$790.71 in 2017