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# \$100 in 1796 → \$1,818.23 in 2016

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### U.S. Inflation Rate, \$100 in 1796 to 2016

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2016 are 1,718.23% higher than average prices since 1796. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.33% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, \$100 in 1796 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1,818.23 in 2016, a difference of \$1,718.23 over 220 years.

The 1796 inflation rate was 4.76%. The inflation rate in 2016 was 1.26%. The 2016 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.72% per year between 2016 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 1,718.23% Average inflation rate 1.33% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$1,818.23 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,718.23 CPI in 1796 13.200 CPI in 2016 240.007 Inflation in 1796 4.76% Inflation in 2016 1.26%

USD Inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

### Buying power of \$100 in 1796

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1796 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$1,818.23 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$1,818.23 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 1796 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 buys less over the past 220 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:

Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1796 \$100.00 4.76%
1797 \$96.21 -3.79%
1798 \$93.18 -3.15%
1799 \$93.18 0.00%
1800 \$95.45 2.44%
1801 \$96.21 0.79%
1802 \$81.06 -15.75%
1803 \$85.61 5.61%
1804 \$89.39 4.42%
1805 \$88.64 -0.85%
1806 \$92.42 4.27%
1807 \$87.88 -4.92%
1808 \$95.45 8.62%
1809 \$93.18 -2.38%
1810 \$93.18 0.00%
1811 \$99.24 6.50%
1812 \$100.76 1.53%
1813 \$121.21 20.30%
1814 \$133.33 10.00%
1815 \$116.67 -12.50%
1816 \$106.82 -8.44%
1817 \$100.76 -5.67%
1818 \$96.21 -4.51%
1819 \$96.21 0.00%
1820 \$88.64 -7.87%
1821 \$85.61 -3.42%
1822 \$88.64 3.54%
1823 \$79.55 -10.26%
1824 \$73.48 -7.62%
1825 \$75.00 2.06%
1826 \$75.00 0.00%
1827 \$75.76 1.01%
1828 \$71.97 -5.00%
1829 \$70.45 -2.11%
1830 \$69.70 -1.08%
1831 \$65.91 -5.43%
1832 \$65.15 -1.15%
1833 \$63.64 -2.33%
1834 \$65.15 2.38%
1835 \$66.67 2.33%
1836 \$70.45 5.68%
1837 \$72.73 3.23%
1838 \$70.45 -3.12%
1839 \$70.45 0.00%
1840 \$65.91 -6.45%
1841 \$65.91 0.00%
1842 \$62.12 -5.75%
1843 \$56.06 -9.76%
1844 \$56.82 1.35%
1845 \$57.58 1.33%
1846 \$58.33 1.32%
1847 \$62.12 6.49%
1848 \$59.85 -3.66%
1849 \$58.33 -2.53%
1850 \$59.09 1.30%
1851 \$58.33 -1.28%
1852 \$58.33 0.00%
1853 \$58.33 0.00%
1854 \$63.64 9.09%
1855 \$65.91 3.57%
1856 \$64.39 -2.30%
1857 \$65.91 2.35%
1858 \$62.12 -5.75%
1859 \$62.88 1.22%
1860 \$62.88 0.00%
1861 \$66.67 6.02%
1862 \$76.52 14.77%
1863 \$95.45 24.75%
1864 \$118.94 24.60%
1865 \$123.48 3.82%
1866 \$120.45 -2.45%
1867 \$112.12 -6.92%
1868 \$107.58 -4.05%
1869 \$103.03 -4.23%
1870 \$99.24 -3.68%
1871 \$92.42 -6.87%
1872 \$92.42 0.00%
1873 \$90.91 -1.64%
1874 \$86.36 -5.00%
1875 \$83.33 -3.51%
1876 \$81.06 -2.73%
1877 \$79.55 -1.87%
1878 \$75.76 -4.76%
1879 \$75.76 0.00%
1880 \$77.27 2.00%
1881 \$77.27 0.00%
1882 \$77.27 0.00%
1883 \$76.52 -0.98%
1884 \$74.24 -2.97%
1885 \$73.48 -1.02%
1886 \$71.21 -3.09%
1887 \$71.97 1.06%
1888 \$71.97 0.00%
1889 \$69.70 -3.16%
1890 \$68.94 -1.09%
1891 \$68.94 0.00%
1892 \$68.94 0.00%
1893 \$68.18 -1.10%
1894 \$65.15 -4.44%
1895 \$63.64 -2.33%
1896 \$63.64 0.00%
1897 \$62.88 -1.19%
1898 \$62.88 0.00%
1899 \$62.88 0.00%
1900 \$63.64 1.20%
1901 \$64.39 1.19%
1902 \$65.15 1.18%
1903 \$66.67 2.33%
1904 \$67.42 1.14%
1905 \$66.67 -1.12%
1906 \$68.18 2.27%
1907 \$71.21 4.44%
1908 \$69.70 -2.13%
1909 \$68.94 -1.09%
1910 \$71.97 4.40%
1911 \$71.97 0.00%
1912 \$73.48 2.11%
1913 \$75.00 2.06%
1914 \$75.76 1.01%
1915 \$76.52 1.00%
1916 \$82.58 7.92%
1917 \$96.97 17.43%
1918 \$114.39 17.97%
1919 \$131.06 14.57%
1920 \$151.52 15.61%
1921 \$135.61 -10.50%
1922 \$127.27 -6.15%
1923 \$129.55 1.79%
1924 \$129.55 0.00%
1925 \$132.58 2.34%
1926 \$134.09 1.14%
1927 \$131.82 -1.69%
1928 \$129.55 -1.72%
1929 \$129.55 0.00%
1930 \$126.52 -2.34%
1931 \$115.15 -8.98%
1932 \$103.79 -9.87%
1933 \$98.48 -5.11%
1934 \$101.52 3.08%
1935 \$103.79 2.24%
1936 \$105.30 1.46%
1937 \$109.09 3.60%
1938 \$106.82 -2.08%
1939 \$105.30 -1.42%
1940 \$106.06 0.72%
1941 \$111.36 5.00%
1942 \$123.48 10.88%
1943 \$131.06 6.13%
1944 \$133.33 1.73%
1945 \$136.36 2.27%
1946 \$147.73 8.33%
1947 \$168.94 14.36%
1948 \$182.58 8.07%
1949 \$180.30 -1.24%
1950 \$182.58 1.26%
1951 \$196.97 7.88%
1952 \$200.76 1.92%
1953 \$202.27 0.75%
1954 \$203.79 0.75%
1955 \$203.03 -0.37%
1956 \$206.06 1.49%
1957 \$212.88 3.31%
1958 \$218.94 2.85%
1959 \$220.45 0.69%
1960 \$224.24 1.72%
1961 \$226.52 1.01%
1962 \$228.79 1.00%
1963 \$231.82 1.32%
1964 \$234.85 1.31%
1965 \$238.64 1.61%
1966 \$245.45 2.86%
1967 \$253.03 3.09%
1968 \$263.64 4.19%
1969 \$278.03 5.46%
1970 \$293.94 5.72%
1971 \$306.82 4.38%
1972 \$316.67 3.21%
1973 \$336.36 6.22%
1974 \$373.48 11.04%
1975 \$407.58 9.13%
1976 \$431.06 5.76%
1977 \$459.09 6.50%
1978 \$493.94 7.59%
1979 \$550.00 11.35%
1980 \$624.24 13.50%
1981 \$688.64 10.32%
1982 \$731.06 6.16%
1983 \$754.55 3.21%
1984 \$787.12 4.32%
1985 \$815.15 3.56%
1986 \$830.30 1.86%
1987 \$860.61 3.65%
1988 \$896.21 4.14%
1989 \$939.39 4.82%
1990 \$990.15 5.40%
1991 \$1,031.82 4.21%
1992 \$1,062.88 3.01%
1993 \$1,094.70 2.99%
1994 \$1,122.73 2.56%
1995 \$1,154.55 2.83%
1996 \$1,188.64 2.95%
1997 \$1,215.91 2.29%
1998 \$1,234.85 1.56%
1999 \$1,262.12 2.21%
2000 \$1,304.55 3.36%
2001 \$1,341.67 2.85%
2002 \$1,362.88 1.58%
2003 \$1,393.94 2.28%
2004 \$1,431.06 2.66%
2005 \$1,479.55 3.39%
2006 \$1,527.27 3.23%
2007 \$1,570.77 2.85%
2008 \$1,631.08 3.84%
2009 \$1,625.28 -0.36%
2010 \$1,651.94 1.64%
2011 \$1,704.08 3.16%
2012 \$1,739.35 2.07%
2013 \$1,764.83 1.46%
2014 \$1,793.45 1.62%
2015 \$1,795.58 0.12%
2016 \$1,818.23 1.26%
2017 \$1,856.97 2.13%
2018 \$1,903.26 2.49%
2019 \$1,936.80 1.76%
2020 \$1,946.77 0.51%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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### Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1796 would be equivalent to £10,377.00 in 2016, an absolute change of £10,277.00 and a cumulative change of 10,277.00%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$1,718.23 and total percent change of 1,718.23%.

### Inflation by Spending Category

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 1796 and 2016.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.33% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$100 in 1796 → 2016
Food and beverages 4.07 654,157.92 654,257.92
Housing 4.31 1,086,137.24 1,086,237.24
Apparel 2.09 9,465.93 9,565.93
Transportation 3.29 122,794.19 122,894.19
Medical care 5.25 7,812,381.31 7,812,481.31
Recreation 1.11 1,023.65 1,123.65
Education and communication 2.14 10,354.30 10,454.30
Other goods and services 5.21 7,174,546.17 7,174,646.17

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 1796. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100, 1796 to 2016

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2016CPI in 1796
×
1796 USD value
=
2016 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.2 in the year 1796 and 240.007 in 2016:

240.00713.2
×
\$100
=
\$1,818.23

\$100 in 1796 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1,818.23 in 2016.

To get the total inflation rate for the 220 years between 1796 and 2016, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2016 - CPI in 1796CPI in 1796
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (220 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

240.007 - 13.213.2
×
100
=
1,718%

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

• Dr Edward Jenner inoculates someone against smallpox for the first time in Berkley.
• The first elephant from India arrives in the United States
• Defeat of Piedmontese by a Napoleon-lead French army at Battle of Mondovi
• U.S. celebrates its first Independence Day holiday

### 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: “1796 dollars in 2016 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 28 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1796-dollars-in-2016.