$100 in 1931 is worth $1,453.16 in 2009

Value of $100 from 1931 to 2009

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 2009 are 1,353.16% higher than average prices since 1931. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.49% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $100 in 1931 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,453.16 in 2009, a difference of $1,353.16 over 78 years.

The 1931 inflation rate was -10.23%. The inflation rate in 2009 was 1.32%. The 2009 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.58% per year between 2009 and 2020.


Inflation from 1931 to 2009
Cumulative price change 1,353.16%
Average inflation rate 3.49%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,453.16
Price difference ($100 base) $1,353.16
CPI in 1931 7.900
CPI in 2009 114.800
Inflation in 1931 -10.23%
Inflation in 2009 1.32%

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1931

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1931 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $1,453.16 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $1,453.16 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Canadian 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 1931 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 78 years.

According to Statistics Canada, each of these CAD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Dollar inflation: 1931-2009
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1931 $100.00 -10.23%
1932 $92.41 -7.59%
1933 $89.87 -2.74%
1934 $91.14 1.41%
1935 $93.67 2.78%
1936 $94.94 1.35%
1937 $98.73 4.00%
1938 $96.20 -2.56%
1939 $98.73 2.63%
1940 $103.80 5.13%
1941 $110.13 6.10%
1942 $113.92 3.45%
1943 $116.46 2.22%
1944 $113.92 -2.17%
1945 $116.46 2.22%
1946 $122.78 5.43%
1947 $140.51 14.43%
1948 $153.16 9.01%
1949 $154.43 0.83%
1950 $163.29 5.74%
1951 $181.01 10.85%
1952 $178.48 -1.40%
1953 $178.48 0.00%
1954 $178.48 0.00%
1955 $179.75 0.71%
1956 $184.81 2.82%
1957 $188.61 2.05%
1958 $193.67 2.68%
1959 $196.20 1.31%
1960 $198.73 1.29%
1961 $198.73 0.00%
1962 $202.53 1.91%
1963 $206.33 1.88%
1964 $210.13 1.84%
1965 $216.46 3.01%
1966 $224.05 3.51%
1967 $232.91 3.95%
1968 $243.04 4.35%
1969 $254.43 4.69%
1970 $256.96 1.00%
1971 $269.62 4.93%
1972 $283.54 5.16%
1973 $310.13 9.38%
1974 $349.37 12.65%
1975 $382.28 9.42%
1976 $403.80 5.63%
1977 $441.77 9.40%
1978 $479.75 8.60%
1979 $526.58 9.76%
1980 $584.81 11.06%
1981 $655.70 12.12%
1982 $716.46 9.27%
1983 $749.37 4.59%
1984 $777.22 3.72%
1985 $811.39 4.40%
1986 $845.57 4.21%
1987 $881.01 4.19%
1988 $915.19 3.88%
1989 $963.29 5.26%
1990 $1,011.39 4.99%
1991 $1,049.37 3.75%
1992 $1,072.15 2.17%
1993 $1,089.87 1.65%
1994 $1,092.41 0.23%
1995 $1,111.39 1.74%
1996 $1,135.44 2.16%
1997 $1,144.30 0.78%
1998 $1,155.70 1.00%
1999 $1,186.08 2.63%
2000 $1,224.05 3.20%
2001 $1,232.91 0.72%
2002 $1,279.75 3.80%
2003 $1,306.33 2.08%
2004 $1,334.18 2.13%
2005 $1,362.03 2.09%
2006 $1,384.81 1.67%
2007 $1,417.72 2.38%
2008 $1,434.18 1.16%
2009 $1,453.16 1.32%
2010 $1,487.34 2.35%
2011 $1,521.52 2.30%
2012 $1,534.18 0.83%
2013 $1,553.16 1.24%
2014 $1,575.95 1.47%
2015 $1,601.27 1.61%
2016 $1,625.32 1.50%
2017 $1,650.63 1.56%
2018 $1,655.70 0.31%
2019 $1,688.61 1.99%
2020 $1,726.58 2.25%*
* 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 1931 amounts in 2009 dollars, based on the 1,353.16% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 2009
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1931 $14.53 dollars in 2009
$5 dollars in 1931 $72.66 dollars in 2009
$10 dollars in 1931 $145.32 dollars in 2009
$50 dollars in 1931 $726.58 dollars in 2009
$100 dollars in 1931 $1,453.16 dollars in 2009
$500 dollars in 1931 $7,265.82 dollars in 2009
$1,000 dollars in 1931 $14,531.65 dollars in 2009
$5,000 dollars in 1931 $72,658.23 dollars in 2009
$10,000 dollars in 1931 $145,316.46 dollars in 2009
$50,000 dollars in 1931 $726,582.28 dollars in 2009
$100,000 dollars in 1931 $1,453,164.56 dollars in 2009
$500,000 dollars in 1931 $7,265,822.78 dollars in 2009
$1,000,000 dollars in 1931 $14,531,645.57 dollars in 2009

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1931 to 2009

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1931 and 2009:

CPI in 2009 CPI in 1931
×
1931 CAD value
=
2009 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.9 in the year 1931 and 114.8 in 2009:

114.87.9
×
$100
=
$1,453.16

$100 in 1931 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,453.16 in 2009.

To get the total inflation rate for the 78 years between 1931 and 2009, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2009 - CPI in 1931CPI in 1931
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (78 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

114.8 - 7.97.9
×
100
=
1,353%

News headlines from 1931

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

  • The Empire State Building opens in New York.
  • A railway explosion is faked by the Japanese in order to create a pretext for their Manchuria invasion.
  • Proclamation of the Chinese People's Republic by Mao Zedong.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Canada's annual Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1914 and computed by Statistics Canada (StatCan).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “1931 dollars in 2009 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 13 Aug. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1931-CAD-in-2009.

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 1931 to 2009
Cumulative price change 1,353.16%
Average inflation rate 3.49%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,453.16
Price difference ($100 base) $1,353.16
CPI in 1931 7.900
CPI in 2009 114.800
Inflation in 1931 -10.23%
Inflation in 2009 1.32%