# \$100 in 1940 is worth \$1,032.93 in 1992

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## Value of \$100 from 1940 to 1992

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 1992 are 932.93% higher than average prices since 1940. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.59% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$100 in 1940 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1,032.93 in 1992, a difference of \$932.93 over 52 years.

The 1940 inflation rate was 5.13%. The inflation rate in 1992 was 2.17%. The 1992 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.72% per year between 1992 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 932.93% Average inflation rate 4.59% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$1,032.93 Price difference (\$100 base) \$932.93 CPI in 1940 8.200 CPI in 1992 84.700 Inflation in 1940 5.13% Inflation in 1992 2.17%

## Buying power of \$100 in 1940

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1940 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$1,032.93 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$1,032.93 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 1940 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 is worth less over 52 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: 1940-1992
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1940 \$100.00 5.13%
1941 \$106.10 6.10%
1942 \$109.76 3.45%
1943 \$112.20 2.22%
1944 \$109.76 -2.17%
1945 \$112.20 2.22%
1946 \$118.29 5.43%
1947 \$135.37 14.43%
1948 \$147.56 9.01%
1949 \$148.78 0.83%
1950 \$157.32 5.74%
1951 \$174.39 10.85%
1952 \$171.95 -1.40%
1953 \$171.95 0.00%
1954 \$171.95 0.00%
1955 \$173.17 0.71%
1956 \$178.05 2.82%
1957 \$181.71 2.05%
1958 \$186.59 2.68%
1959 \$189.02 1.31%
1960 \$191.46 1.29%
1961 \$191.46 0.00%
1962 \$195.12 1.91%
1963 \$198.78 1.88%
1964 \$202.44 1.84%
1965 \$208.54 3.01%
1966 \$215.85 3.51%
1967 \$224.39 3.95%
1968 \$234.15 4.35%
1969 \$245.12 4.69%
1970 \$247.56 1.00%
1971 \$259.76 4.93%
1972 \$273.17 5.16%
1973 \$298.78 9.38%
1974 \$336.59 12.65%
1975 \$368.29 9.42%
1976 \$389.02 5.63%
1977 \$425.61 9.40%
1978 \$462.20 8.60%
1979 \$507.32 9.76%
1980 \$563.41 11.06%
1981 \$631.71 12.12%
1982 \$690.24 9.27%
1983 \$721.95 4.59%
1984 \$748.78 3.72%
1985 \$781.71 4.40%
1986 \$814.63 4.21%
1987 \$848.78 4.19%
1988 \$881.71 3.88%
1989 \$928.05 5.26%
1990 \$974.39 4.99%
1991 \$1,010.98 3.75%
1992 \$1,032.93 2.17%
1993 \$1,050.00 1.65%
1994 \$1,052.44 0.23%
1995 \$1,070.73 1.74%
1996 \$1,093.90 2.16%
1997 \$1,102.44 0.78%
1998 \$1,113.41 1.00%
1999 \$1,142.68 2.63%
2000 \$1,179.27 3.20%
2001 \$1,187.80 0.72%
2002 \$1,232.93 3.80%
2003 \$1,258.54 2.08%
2004 \$1,285.37 2.13%
2005 \$1,312.20 2.09%
2006 \$1,334.15 1.67%
2007 \$1,365.85 2.38%
2008 \$1,381.71 1.16%
2009 \$1,400.00 1.32%
2010 \$1,432.93 2.35%
2011 \$1,465.85 2.30%
2012 \$1,478.05 0.83%
2013 \$1,496.34 1.24%
2014 \$1,518.29 1.47%
2015 \$1,542.68 1.61%
2016 \$1,565.85 1.50%
2017 \$1,590.24 1.56%
2018 \$1,595.12 0.31%
2019 \$1,626.83 1.99%
2020 \$1,663.41 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 1940 amounts in 1992 dollars, based on the 932.93% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 1992
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1940 \$10.33 dollars in 1992
\$5 dollars in 1940 \$51.65 dollars in 1992
\$10 dollars in 1940 \$103.29 dollars in 1992
\$50 dollars in 1940 \$516.46 dollars in 1992
\$100 dollars in 1940 \$1,032.93 dollars in 1992
\$500 dollars in 1940 \$5,164.63 dollars in 1992
\$1,000 dollars in 1940 \$10,329.27 dollars in 1992
\$5,000 dollars in 1940 \$51,646.34 dollars in 1992
\$10,000 dollars in 1940 \$103,292.68 dollars in 1992
\$50,000 dollars in 1940 \$516,463.41 dollars in 1992
\$100,000 dollars in 1940 \$1,032,926.83 dollars in 1992
\$500,000 dollars in 1940 \$5,164,634.15 dollars in 1992
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1940 \$10,329,268.29 dollars in 1992

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100, 1940 to 1992

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1940 and 1992:

CPI in 1992 CPI in 1940
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 8.2 in the year 1940 and 84.7 in 1992:

84.78.2
×
\$100
=
\$1,032.93

\$100 in 1940 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1,032.93 in 1992.

To get the total inflation rate for the 52 years between 1940 and 1992, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1992 - CPI in 1940CPI in 1940
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (52 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

84.7 - 8.28.2
×
100
=
933%

## 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: “\$100 in 1940 → 1992 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 May. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1940-CAD-in-1992?amount=100.