$6 in 1789 is worth $161.41 in 2014

Value of $6 from 1789 to 2014

$6 in 1789 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $161.41 in 2014, an increase of $155.41 over 225 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 1.47% per year between 1789 and 2014, producing a cumulative price increase of 2,590.18%.

This means that prices in 2014 are 26.90 times higher than average prices since 1789, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1789 inflation rate was -1.12%. The inflation rate in 2014 was 1.62%. The 2014 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.25% per year between 2014 and 2021.


Inflation from 1789 to 2014
Cumulative price change 2,590.18%
Average inflation rate 1.47%
Converted amount ($6 base) $161.41
Price difference ($6 base) $155.41
CPI in 1789 8.800
CPI in 2014 236.736
Inflation in 1789 -1.12%
Inflation in 2014 1.62%
$6 in 1789 $161.41 in 2014

USD Inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $6 in 1789

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $6 in 1789 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $6, you would need to end with $161.41 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $6 is equivalent to $161.41 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 1789 dollars, the chart below shows how $6 is worth less over 225 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: 1789-2014
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1789 $6.00 -1.12%
1790 $6.27 4.55%
1791 $6.41 2.17%
1792 $6.55 2.13%
1793 $6.75 3.13%
1794 $7.50 11.11%
1795 $8.59 14.55%
1796 $9.00 4.76%
1797 $8.66 -3.79%
1798 $8.39 -3.15%
1799 $8.39 0.00%
1800 $8.59 2.44%
1801 $8.66 0.79%
1802 $7.30 -15.75%
1803 $7.70 5.61%
1804 $8.05 4.42%
1805 $7.98 -0.85%
1806 $8.32 4.27%
1807 $7.91 -4.92%
1808 $8.59 8.62%
1809 $8.39 -2.38%
1810 $8.39 0.00%
1811 $8.93 6.50%
1812 $9.07 1.53%
1813 $10.91 20.30%
1814 $12.00 10.00%
1815 $10.50 -12.50%
1816 $9.61 -8.44%
1817 $9.07 -5.67%
1818 $8.66 -4.51%
1819 $8.66 0.00%
1820 $7.98 -7.87%
1821 $7.70 -3.42%
1822 $7.98 3.54%
1823 $7.16 -10.26%
1824 $6.61 -7.62%
1825 $6.75 2.06%
1826 $6.75 0.00%
1827 $6.82 1.01%
1828 $6.48 -5.00%
1829 $6.34 -2.11%
1830 $6.27 -1.08%
1831 $5.93 -5.43%
1832 $5.86 -1.15%
1833 $5.73 -2.33%
1834 $5.86 2.38%
1835 $6.00 2.33%
1836 $6.34 5.68%
1837 $6.55 3.23%
1838 $6.34 -3.12%
1839 $6.34 0.00%
1840 $5.93 -6.45%
1841 $5.93 0.00%
1842 $5.59 -5.75%
1843 $5.05 -9.76%
1844 $5.11 1.35%
1845 $5.18 1.33%
1846 $5.25 1.32%
1847 $5.59 6.49%
1848 $5.39 -3.66%
1849 $5.25 -2.53%
1850 $5.32 1.30%
1851 $5.25 -1.28%
1852 $5.25 0.00%
1853 $5.25 0.00%
1854 $5.73 9.09%
1855 $5.93 3.57%
1856 $5.80 -2.30%
1857 $5.93 2.35%
1858 $5.59 -5.75%
1859 $5.66 1.22%
1860 $5.66 0.00%
1861 $6.00 6.02%
1862 $6.89 14.77%
1863 $8.59 24.75%
1864 $10.70 24.60%
1865 $11.11 3.82%
1866 $10.84 -2.45%
1867 $10.09 -6.92%
1868 $9.68 -4.05%
1869 $9.27 -4.23%
1870 $8.93 -3.68%
1871 $8.32 -6.87%
1872 $8.32 0.00%
1873 $8.18 -1.64%
1874 $7.77 -5.00%
1875 $7.50 -3.51%
1876 $7.30 -2.73%
1877 $7.16 -1.87%
1878 $6.82 -4.76%
1879 $6.82 0.00%
1880 $6.95 2.00%
1881 $6.95 0.00%
1882 $6.95 0.00%
1883 $6.89 -0.98%
1884 $6.68 -2.97%
1885 $6.61 -1.02%
1886 $6.41 -3.09%
1887 $6.48 1.06%
1888 $6.48 0.00%
1889 $6.27 -3.16%
1890 $6.20 -1.09%
1891 $6.20 0.00%
1892 $6.20 0.00%
1893 $6.14 -1.10%
1894 $5.86 -4.44%
1895 $5.73 -2.33%
1896 $5.73 0.00%
1897 $5.66 -1.19%
1898 $5.66 0.00%
1899 $5.66 0.00%
1900 $5.73 1.20%
1901 $5.80 1.19%
1902 $5.86 1.18%
1903 $6.00 2.33%
1904 $6.07 1.14%
1905 $6.00 -1.12%
1906 $6.14 2.27%
1907 $6.41 4.44%
1908 $6.27 -2.13%
1909 $6.20 -1.09%
1910 $6.48 4.40%
1911 $6.48 0.00%
1912 $6.61 2.11%
1913 $6.75 2.06%
1914 $6.82 1.01%
1915 $6.89 1.00%
1916 $7.43 7.92%
1917 $8.73 17.43%
1918 $10.30 17.97%
1919 $11.80 14.57%
1920 $13.64 15.61%
1921 $12.20 -10.50%
1922 $11.45 -6.15%
1923 $11.66 1.79%
1924 $11.66 0.00%
1925 $11.93 2.34%
1926 $12.07 1.14%
1927 $11.86 -1.69%
1928 $11.66 -1.72%
1929 $11.66 0.00%
1930 $11.39 -2.34%
1931 $10.36 -8.98%
1932 $9.34 -9.87%
1933 $8.86 -5.11%
1934 $9.14 3.08%
1935 $9.34 2.24%
1936 $9.48 1.46%
1937 $9.82 3.60%
1938 $9.61 -2.08%
1939 $9.48 -1.42%
1940 $9.55 0.72%
1941 $10.02 5.00%
1942 $11.11 10.88%
1943 $11.80 6.13%
1944 $12.00 1.73%
1945 $12.27 2.27%
1946 $13.30 8.33%
1947 $15.20 14.36%
1948 $16.43 8.07%
1949 $16.23 -1.24%
1950 $16.43 1.26%
1951 $17.73 7.88%
1952 $18.07 1.92%
1953 $18.20 0.75%
1954 $18.34 0.75%
1955 $18.27 -0.37%
1956 $18.55 1.49%
1957 $19.16 3.31%
1958 $19.70 2.85%
1959 $19.84 0.69%
1960 $20.18 1.72%
1961 $20.39 1.01%
1962 $20.59 1.00%
1963 $20.86 1.32%
1964 $21.14 1.31%
1965 $21.48 1.61%
1966 $22.09 2.86%
1967 $22.77 3.09%
1968 $23.73 4.19%
1969 $25.02 5.46%
1970 $26.45 5.72%
1971 $27.61 4.38%
1972 $28.50 3.21%
1973 $30.27 6.22%
1974 $33.61 11.04%
1975 $36.68 9.13%
1976 $38.80 5.76%
1977 $41.32 6.50%
1978 $44.45 7.59%
1979 $49.50 11.35%
1980 $56.18 13.50%
1981 $61.98 10.32%
1982 $65.80 6.16%
1983 $67.91 3.21%
1984 $70.84 4.32%
1985 $73.36 3.56%
1986 $74.73 1.86%
1987 $77.45 3.65%
1988 $80.66 4.14%
1989 $84.55 4.82%
1990 $89.11 5.40%
1991 $92.86 4.21%
1992 $95.66 3.01%
1993 $98.52 2.99%
1994 $101.05 2.56%
1995 $103.91 2.83%
1996 $106.98 2.95%
1997 $109.43 2.29%
1998 $111.14 1.56%
1999 $113.59 2.21%
2000 $117.41 3.36%
2001 $120.75 2.85%
2002 $122.66 1.58%
2003 $125.45 2.28%
2004 $128.80 2.66%
2005 $133.16 3.39%
2006 $137.45 3.23%
2007 $141.37 2.85%
2008 $146.80 3.84%
2009 $146.28 -0.36%
2010 $148.67 1.64%
2011 $153.37 3.16%
2012 $156.54 2.07%
2013 $158.83 1.46%
2014 $161.41 1.62%
2015 $161.60 0.12%
2016 $163.64 1.26%
2017 $167.13 2.13%
2018 $171.29 2.49%
2019 $174.31 1.76%
2020 $176.46 1.23%
2021 $188.58 6.87%*
* 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 1789 amounts in 2014 dollars, based on the 2,590.18% change in prices:

Conversion: 1789 dollars in 2014
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1789 $26.90 dollars in 2014
$5 dollars in 1789 $134.51 dollars in 2014
$10 dollars in 1789 $269.02 dollars in 2014
$50 dollars in 1789 $1,345.09 dollars in 2014
$100 dollars in 1789 $2,690.18 dollars in 2014
$500 dollars in 1789 $13,450.91 dollars in 2014
$1,000 dollars in 1789 $26,901.82 dollars in 2014
$5,000 dollars in 1789 $134,509.09 dollars in 2014
$10,000 dollars in 1789 $269,018.18 dollars in 2014
$50,000 dollars in 1789 $1,345,090.91 dollars in 2014
$100,000 dollars in 1789 $2,690,181.82 dollars in 2014
$500,000 dollars in 1789 $13,450,909.09 dollars in 2014
$1,000,000 dollars in 1789 $26,901,818.18 dollars in 2014

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £6.00 in 1789 would be equivalent to £818.92 in 2014, an absolute change of £812.92 and a cumulative change of 13,548.65%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $155.41 and total percent change of 2,590.18%.


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 1789 and 2014.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.47% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $6 in 1789 → 2014
Food and beverages 4.20 1,057,634.35 63,464.06
Housing 4.40 1,619,934.00 97,202.04
Apparel 2.15 11,841.73 716.50
Transportation 3.51 232,483.42 13,955.01
Medical care 4.87 4,394,504.95 263,676.30
Recreation 1.15 1,216.06 78.96
Education and communication 2.28 16,028.79 967.73
Other goods and services 5.36 12,663,722.48 759,829.35

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 1789. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $6, 1789 to 2014

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1789 and 2014:

CPI in 2014 CPI in 1789
×
1789 USD value
=
2014 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.8 in the year 1789 and 236.736 in 2014:

236.7368.8
×
$6
=
$161.41

$6 in 1789 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $161.41 in 2014.

To get the total inflation rate for the 225 years between 1789 and 2014, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2014 - CPI in 1789CPI in 1789
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (225 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

236.736 - 8.88.8
×
100
=
2,590%

News headlines from 1789

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

  • George Washington is elected President and John Adams is elected Vice-President by the first US Electoral College.
  • William Wilberforce proposes the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom House of Commons.
  • The fall of the Bastille Prison marks the beginning of the French Revolution

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: “$6 in 1789 → 2014 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 Nov. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/1789-dollars-in-2014?amount=6.

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 1789 to 2014
Cumulative price change 2,590.18%
Average inflation rate 1.47%
Converted amount ($6 base) $161.41
Price difference ($6 base) $155.41
CPI in 1789 8.800
CPI in 2014 236.736
Inflation in 1789 -1.12%
Inflation in 2014 1.62%
$6 in 1789 $161.41 in 2014