# \$100 in 1945 is worth \$1,225 in 1985

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## Value of \$100 from 1945 to 1985

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1985 are 1,125.00% higher than average prices since 1945. The Australian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 6.46% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$100 in 1945 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1,225 in 1985, a difference of \$1,125.00 over 40 years.

The 1945 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1985 was 6.52%. The 1985 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.17% per year between 1985 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 1,125.00% Average inflation rate 6.46% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$1,225 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,125.00 CPI in 1945 3.200 CPI in 1985 39.200 Inflation in 1945 0.00% Inflation in 1985 6.52%

AUD Inflation since 1922
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Statistics CPI

## Buying power of \$100 in 1945

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1945 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$1,225 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$1,225 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Australian 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 1945 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 is worth less over 40 years.

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

Dollar inflation: 1945-1985
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1945 \$100.00 -
1946 \$100.00 0.00%
1947 \$106.25 6.25%
1948 \$115.63 8.82%
1949 \$125.00 8.11%
1950 \$137.50 10.00%
1951 \$162.50 18.18%
1952 \$190.62 17.31%
1953 \$200.00 4.92%
1954 \$203.13 1.56%
1955 \$206.25 1.54%
1956 \$218.75 6.06%
1957 \$225.00 2.86%
1958 \$225.00 0.00%
1959 \$231.25 2.78%
1960 \$240.63 4.05%
1961 \$243.75 1.30%
1962 \$243.75 0.00%
1963 \$246.88 1.28%
1964 \$253.12 2.53%
1965 \$262.50 3.70%
1966 \$268.75 2.38%
1967 \$278.13 3.49%
1968 \$287.50 3.37%
1969 \$296.88 3.26%
1970 \$306.25 3.16%
1971 \$325.00 6.12%
1972 \$343.75 5.77%
1973 \$375.00 9.09%
1974 \$434.38 15.83%
1975 \$500.00 15.11%
1976 \$565.63 13.13%
1977 \$634.38 12.15%
1978 \$684.37 7.88%
1979 \$746.87 9.13%
1980 \$825.00 10.46%
1981 \$903.12 9.47%
1982 \$1,003.13 11.07%
1983 \$1,106.25 10.28%
1984 \$1,150.00 3.95%
1985 \$1,225.00 6.52%
1986 \$1,337.50 9.18%
1987 \$1,450.00 8.41%
1988 \$1,556.25 7.33%
1989 \$1,671.88 7.43%
1990 \$1,796.88 7.48%
1991 \$1,853.12 3.13%
1992 \$1,871.88 1.01%
1993 \$1,903.13 1.67%
1994 \$1,940.63 1.97%
1995 \$2,031.25 4.67%
1996 \$2,084.38 2.62%
1997 \$2,090.63 0.30%
1998 \$2,106.25 0.75%
1999 \$2,137.50 1.48%
2000 \$2,234.38 4.53%
2001 \$2,331.25 4.34%
2002 \$2,403.13 3.08%
2003 \$2,468.75 2.73%
2004 \$2,525.00 2.28%
2005 \$2,593.75 2.72%
2006 \$2,684.38 3.49%
2007 \$2,746.88 2.33%
2008 \$2,868.75 4.44%
2009 \$2,918.75 1.74%
2010 \$3,003.12 2.89%
2011 \$3,103.12 3.33%
2012 \$3,156.25 1.71%
2013 \$3,234.38 2.48%
2014 \$3,315.62 2.51%
2015 \$3,365.63 1.51%
2016 \$3,409.37 1.30%
2017 \$3,475.00 1.92%
2018 \$3,518.75 1.26%
2019 \$3,585.61 1.90%
2020 \$3,653.73 1.90%*
* 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 1945 amounts in 1985 dollars, based on the 1,125.00% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 1985
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1945 \$12.25 dollars in 1985
\$5 dollars in 1945 \$61.25 dollars in 1985
\$10 dollars in 1945 \$122.50 dollars in 1985
\$50 dollars in 1945 \$612.50 dollars in 1985
\$100 dollars in 1945 \$1,225.00 dollars in 1985
\$500 dollars in 1945 \$6,125.00 dollars in 1985
\$1,000 dollars in 1945 \$12,250.00 dollars in 1985
\$5,000 dollars in 1945 \$61,250.00 dollars in 1985
\$10,000 dollars in 1945 \$122,500.00 dollars in 1985
\$50,000 dollars in 1945 \$612,500.00 dollars in 1985
\$100,000 dollars in 1945 \$1,225,000.00 dollars in 1985
\$500,000 dollars in 1945 \$6,125,000.00 dollars in 1985
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1945 \$12,250,000.00 dollars in 1985

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100, 1945 to 1985

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1945 and 1985:

CPI in 1985 CPI in 1945
×
1945 AUD value
=
1985 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 3.2 in the year 1945 and 39.2 in 1985:

39.23.2
×
\$100
=
\$1,225

\$100 in 1945 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1,225 in 1985.

To get the total inflation rate for the 40 years between 1945 and 1985, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1985 - CPI in 1945CPI in 1945
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (40 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

39.2 - 3.23.2
×
100
=
1,125%

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

• The USSR captures Budapest from Germany in a battle that kills 159,000 people.
• The US Fleet captures Iwo Jima.
• 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Okinawa: the operation is believed to be the largest of World War II
• Iwo Jima is occupied by America, costing 6,000 American lives and a further 18,000 Japanese lives.
• Buchenwald, the first Nazi concentration camp, is liberated.

## Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Australia's annual (CPI) as provided by the Reserve Bank of Australia. The consumer price index was established in 1922 and is tracked by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “1945 dollars in 1985 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 May. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1945-AUD-in-1985.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

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.

 Cumulative price change 1,125.00% Average inflation rate 6.46% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$1,225 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,125.00 CPI in 1945 3.200 CPI in 1985 39.200 Inflation in 1945 0.00% Inflation in 1985 6.52%