$100 in 1946 is worth $3,475 in 2017

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Value of $100 from 1946 to 2017

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2017 are 3,375.00% higher than average prices since 1946. The Australian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.12% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $100 in 1946 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $3,475 in 2017, a difference of $3,375.00 over 71 years.

The 1946 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.92%. The 2017 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.69% per year between 2017 and 2020.


Inflation from 1946 to 2017
Cumulative price change 3,375.00%
Average inflation rate 5.12%
Converted amount ($100 base) $3,475
Price difference ($100 base) $3,375.00
CPI in 1946 3.200
CPI in 2017 111.200
Inflation in 1946 0.00%
Inflation in 2017 1.92%

AUD Inflation since 1922
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1946

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1946 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $3,475 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $3,475 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 1946 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 71 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: 1946-2017
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1946 $100.00 -
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 1946 amounts in 2017 dollars, based on the 3,375.00% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 2017
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1946 $34.75 dollars in 2017
$5 dollars in 1946 $173.75 dollars in 2017
$10 dollars in 1946 $347.50 dollars in 2017
$50 dollars in 1946 $1,737.50 dollars in 2017
$100 dollars in 1946 $3,475.00 dollars in 2017
$500 dollars in 1946 $17,375.00 dollars in 2017
$1,000 dollars in 1946 $34,750.00 dollars in 2017
$5,000 dollars in 1946 $173,750.00 dollars in 2017
$10,000 dollars in 1946 $347,500.00 dollars in 2017
$50,000 dollars in 1946 $1,737,500.00 dollars in 2017
$100,000 dollars in 1946 $3,475,000.00 dollars in 2017
$500,000 dollars in 1946 $17,375,000.00 dollars in 2017
$1,000,000 dollars in 1946 $34,750,000.00 dollars in 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1946 to 2017

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1946 and 2017:

CPI in 2017 CPI in 1946
×
1946 AUD value
=
2017 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 3.2 in the year 1946 and 111.2 in 2017:

111.23.2
×
$100
=
$3,475

$100 in 1946 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $3,475 in 2017.

To get the total inflation rate for the 71 years between 1946 and 2017, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2017 - CPI in 1946CPI in 1946
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (71 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

111.2 - 3.23.2
×
100
=
3,375%

News headlines from 1946

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

  • The United Nations General Assembly meets for the first time in London.
  • President Harry Truman sets up the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA.
  • The US State Department releases the Acheson-Lilenthal Report outlining a plan for how the US can limit nuclear power internationally, marking the beginning of Cold War.
  • Twenty-two Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes during the Nuremburg trials.

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: “1946 dollars in 2017 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 3 Jun. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1946-AUD-in-2017.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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 1946 to 2017
Cumulative price change 3,375.00%
Average inflation rate 5.12%
Converted amount ($100 base) $3,475
Price difference ($100 base) $3,375.00
CPI in 1946 3.200
CPI in 2017 111.200
Inflation in 1946 0.00%
Inflation in 2017 1.92%