£100,000 in 1920 → £4,248,616.60 in 2017

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U.K. Inflation Rate, £100,000 from 1920 to 2017

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, prices in 2017 are 4,148.62% higher than average prices since 1920. The British pound experienced an average inflation rate of 3.94% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a pound decreased.

In other words, £100,000 in 1920 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £4,248,616.60 in 2017, a difference of £4,148,616.60 over 97 years.

The 1920 inflation rate was 15.53%. The inflation rate in 2017 was 3.58%. The 2017 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.93% per year between 2017 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 4,148.62% Average inflation rate 3.94% Converted amount (£100,000 base) £4,248,616.60 Price difference (£100,000 base) £4,148,616.60 CPI in 1920 25.300 CPI in 2017 1,074.900 Inflation in 1920 15.53% Inflation in 2017 3.58%

GBP Inflation since 1750
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI

Buying power of £100,000 in 1920

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £100,000 in 1920 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £100,000, you would need to end with £4,248,616.60 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £100,000 is equivalent to £4,248,616.60 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.K. pound decreases over time. In other words, a pound will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a pound over time. By calculating the value in 1920 dollars, the chart below shows how £100,000 buys less over the past 97 years.

According to the Office for National Statistics, each of these GBP amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1920 £100,000.00 15.53%
1921 £91,304.35 -8.70%
1922 £78,656.13 -13.85%
1923 £73,913.04 -6.03%
1924 £73,517.79 -0.53%
1925 £73,517.79 0.00%
1926 £73,122.53 -0.54%
1927 £71,146.25 -2.70%
1928 £71,146.25 0.00%
1929 £70,355.73 -1.11%
1930 £68,379.45 -2.81%
1931 £65,612.65 -4.05%
1932 £64,031.62 -2.41%
1933 £62,450.59 -2.47%
1934 £62,450.59 0.00%
1935 £62,845.85 0.63%
1936 £63,241.11 0.63%
1937 £65,612.65 3.75%
1938 £66,403.16 1.20%
1939 £68,379.45 2.98%
1940 £79,841.90 16.76%
1941 £88,537.55 10.89%
1942 £94,861.66 7.14%
1943 £98,023.72 3.33%
1944 £100,790.51 2.82%
1945 £103,557.31 2.75%
1946 £106,719.37 3.05%
1947 £114,229.25 7.04%
1948 £122,924.90 7.61%
1949 £126,482.21 2.89%
1950 £130,434.78 3.13%
1951 £142,292.49 9.09%
1952 £155,335.97 9.17%
1953 £160,079.05 3.05%
1954 £163,241.11 1.98%
1955 £170,355.73 4.36%
1956 £179,051.38 5.10%
1957 £185,375.49 3.53%
1958 £191,304.35 3.20%
1959 £192,094.86 0.41%
1960 £194,071.15 1.03%
1961 £200,790.51 3.46%
1962 £209,486.17 4.33%
1963 £213,438.74 1.89%
1964 £220,553.36 3.33%
1965 £230,830.04 4.66%
1966 £239,920.95 3.94%
1967 £246,245.06 2.64%
1968 £257,707.51 4.65%
1969 £271,541.50 5.37%
1970 £288,932.81 6.40%
1971 £316,205.53 9.44%
1972 £338,735.18 7.13%
1973 £369,565.22 9.10%
1974 £428,853.75 16.04%
1975 £532,806.32 24.24%
1976 £620,948.62 16.54%
1977 £719,367.59 15.85%
1978 £779,051.38 8.30%
1979 £883,399.21 13.39%
1980 £1,042,292.49 17.99%
1981 £1,166,007.91 11.87%
1982 £1,266,403.16 8.61%
1983 £1,324,505.93 4.59%
1984 £1,390,513.83 4.98%
1985 £1,475,098.81 6.08%
1986 £1,525,296.44 3.40%
1987 £1,588,932.81 4.17%
1988 £1,666,798.42 4.90%
1989 £1,796,442.69 7.78%
1990 £1,966,403.16 9.46%
1991 £2,081,818.18 5.87%
1992 £2,159,683.79 3.74%
1993 £2,194,071.15 1.59%
1994 £2,247,035.57 2.41%
1995 £2,324,901.19 3.47%
1996 £2,381,027.67 2.41%
1997 £2,455,731.23 3.14%
1998 £2,539,920.95 3.43%
1999 £2,579,051.38 1.54%
2000 £2,655,335.97 2.96%
2001 £2,702,371.54 1.77%
2002 £2,747,430.83 1.67%
2003 £2,826,877.47 2.89%
2004 £2,911,067.19 2.98%
2005 £2,993,280.63 2.82%
2006 £3,088,932.81 3.20%
2007 £3,221,343.87 4.29%
2008 £3,349,802.37 3.99%
2009 £3,332,015.81 -0.53%
2010 £3,485,770.75 4.61%
2011 £3,667,193.68 5.20%
2012 £3,784,980.24 3.21%
2013 £3,900,000.00 3.04%
2014 £3,992,094.86 2.36%
2015 £4,031,620.55 0.99%
2016 £4,101,581.03 1.74%
2017 £4,248,616.60 3.58%
2018 £4,354,123.91 2.48%
2019 £4,432,498.14 1.80%
2020 £4,498,985.62 1.50%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £100,000, 1920 to 2017

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017CPI in 1920
×
1920 GBP value
=
2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 25.3 in the year 1920 and 1074.9 in 2017:

1074.925.3
×
£100,000
=
£4,248,616.60

£100,000 in 1920 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £4,248,616.60 in 2017.

To get the total inflation rate for the 97 years between 1920 and 2017, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2017 - CPI in 1920CPI in 1920
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (97 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1074.9 - 25.325.3
×
100
=
4,149%

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

• The League of Nations' first assembly takes place in Paris.
• The British Parliament passes the Fourth Home Rule Act, dividing Ireland into two parts and leading to a yearlong Anglo-Irish war in the southern counties.
• The Catholic Church canonizes Joan of Arc, formally making her a saint.
• The 19th Amendment to the constitution is ratified, granting U.S. woman suffrage for the first time.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the composite price index published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). A composite index is created by combining price data from several different published sources, both official and unofficial. The Consumer Price Index, normally used to compute inflation, has only been tracked since 1988. All inflation calculations after 1988 use the Office for National Statistics' Consumer Price Index, except for 2017, which is based on The Bank of England's forecast.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “£100,000 in 1920 → 2017 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Feb. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1920-GBP-in-2017?amount=100000.