# \$100 in 1941 is worth \$767.82 in 1986

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## Value of \$100 from 1941 to 1986

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 1986 are 667.82% higher than average prices since 1941. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.63% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$100 in 1941 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$767.82 in 1986, a difference of \$667.82 over 45 years.

The 1941 inflation rate was 6.10%. The inflation rate in 1986 was 4.21%. The 1986 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.12% per year between 1986 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 667.82% Average inflation rate 4.63% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$767.82 Price difference (\$100 base) \$667.82 CPI in 1941 8.700 CPI in 1986 66.800 Inflation in 1941 6.10% Inflation in 1986 4.21%

## Buying power of \$100 in 1941

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1941 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$767.82 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$767.82 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 1941 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 is worth less over 45 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: 1941-1986
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1941 \$100.00 6.10%
1942 \$103.45 3.45%
1943 \$105.75 2.22%
1944 \$103.45 -2.17%
1945 \$105.75 2.22%
1946 \$111.49 5.43%
1947 \$127.59 14.43%
1948 \$139.08 9.01%
1949 \$140.23 0.83%
1950 \$148.28 5.74%
1951 \$164.37 10.85%
1952 \$162.07 -1.40%
1953 \$162.07 0.00%
1954 \$162.07 0.00%
1955 \$163.22 0.71%
1956 \$167.82 2.82%
1957 \$171.26 2.05%
1958 \$175.86 2.68%
1959 \$178.16 1.31%
1960 \$180.46 1.29%
1961 \$180.46 0.00%
1962 \$183.91 1.91%
1963 \$187.36 1.88%
1964 \$190.80 1.84%
1965 \$196.55 3.01%
1966 \$203.45 3.51%
1967 \$211.49 3.95%
1968 \$220.69 4.35%
1969 \$231.03 4.69%
1970 \$233.33 1.00%
1971 \$244.83 4.93%
1972 \$257.47 5.16%
1973 \$281.61 9.38%
1974 \$317.24 12.65%
1975 \$347.13 9.42%
1976 \$366.67 5.63%
1977 \$401.15 9.40%
1978 \$435.63 8.60%
1979 \$478.16 9.76%
1980 \$531.03 11.06%
1981 \$595.40 12.12%
1982 \$650.57 9.27%
1983 \$680.46 4.59%
1984 \$705.75 3.72%
1985 \$736.78 4.40%
1986 \$767.82 4.21%
1987 \$800.00 4.19%
1988 \$831.03 3.88%
1989 \$874.71 5.26%
1990 \$918.39 4.99%
1991 \$952.87 3.75%
1992 \$973.56 2.17%
1993 \$989.66 1.65%
1994 \$991.95 0.23%
1995 \$1,009.20 1.74%
1996 \$1,031.03 2.16%
1997 \$1,039.08 0.78%
1998 \$1,049.43 1.00%
1999 \$1,077.01 2.63%
2000 \$1,111.49 3.20%
2001 \$1,119.54 0.72%
2002 \$1,162.07 3.80%
2003 \$1,186.21 2.08%
2004 \$1,211.49 2.13%
2005 \$1,236.78 2.09%
2006 \$1,257.47 1.67%
2007 \$1,287.36 2.38%
2008 \$1,302.30 1.16%
2009 \$1,319.54 1.32%
2010 \$1,350.57 2.35%
2011 \$1,381.61 2.30%
2012 \$1,393.10 0.83%
2013 \$1,410.34 1.24%
2014 \$1,431.03 1.47%
2015 \$1,454.02 1.61%
2016 \$1,475.86 1.50%
2017 \$1,498.85 1.56%
2018 \$1,503.45 0.31%
2019 \$1,533.33 1.99%
2020 \$1,567.82 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 1941 amounts in 1986 dollars, based on the 667.82% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 1986
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1941 \$7.68 dollars in 1986
\$5 dollars in 1941 \$38.39 dollars in 1986
\$10 dollars in 1941 \$76.78 dollars in 1986
\$50 dollars in 1941 \$383.91 dollars in 1986
\$100 dollars in 1941 \$767.82 dollars in 1986
\$500 dollars in 1941 \$3,839.08 dollars in 1986
\$1,000 dollars in 1941 \$7,678.16 dollars in 1986
\$5,000 dollars in 1941 \$38,390.80 dollars in 1986
\$10,000 dollars in 1941 \$76,781.61 dollars in 1986
\$50,000 dollars in 1941 \$383,908.05 dollars in 1986
\$100,000 dollars in 1941 \$767,816.09 dollars in 1986
\$500,000 dollars in 1941 \$3,839,080.46 dollars in 1986
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1941 \$7,678,160.92 dollars in 1986

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100, 1941 to 1986

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1941 and 1986:

CPI in 1986 CPI in 1941
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 8.7 in the year 1941 and 66.8 in 1986:

66.88.7
×
\$100
=
\$767.82

\$100 in 1941 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$767.82 in 1986.

To get the total inflation rate for the 45 years between 1941 and 1986, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1986 - CPI in 1941CPI in 1941
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (45 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

66.8 - 8.78.7
×
100
=
668%

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

• 6,000 Jews are exterminated in the Bucharest pogrom in Romania.
• Kuomintang troops open fire at communist forces, leading to the resumption of the Chinese civil war.
• The British battle cruiser the HMS Hood is sunk by the German Battleship Bismarck, leading to 1,416 dead and only 3 survivors.
• Germany, Italy, and Romania declare war on the Soviet Union.

## 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: “1941 dollars in 1986 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 3 Jun. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1941-CAD-in-1986.