$1 in 1950 is worth $0.84 in 1948

Value of $1 from 1950 to 1948

$1 in 1950 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $0.84 in 1948, an increase of $-0.16 over 2 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 9.05% per year between 1948 and 1950, producing a cumulative price increase of -15.91%.

This means that prices in 1948 are 15.91% lower than average prices since 1950, according to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index.

The 1948 inflation rate was 8.82%. The inflation rate in 1950 was 10.00%. The 1950 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 4.74% per year between 1950 and 2021.


Inflation from 1950 to 1948
Cumulative price change -15.91%
Average inflation rate 9.05%
Converted amount ($1 base) $0.84
Price difference ($1 base) $-0.16
CPI in 1950 4.400
CPI in 1948 3.700
Inflation in 1948 8.82%
Inflation in 1950 10.00%
$1 in 1950 $0.84 in 1948

AUD Inflation since 1922
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $1 in 1948

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1 in 1948 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with $1, you would need to end with $0.84 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $1 is equivalent to $0.84 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 1948 dollars, the chart below shows how $1 is worth less over 2 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: 1948-1950
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1948 $1.00 8.82%
1949 $1.08 8.11%
1950 $1.19 10.00%
1951 $1.41 18.18%
1952 $1.65 17.31%
1953 $1.73 4.92%
1954 $1.76 1.56%
1955 $1.78 1.54%
1956 $1.89 6.06%
1957 $1.95 2.86%
1958 $1.95 0.00%
1959 $2.00 2.78%
1960 $2.08 4.05%
1961 $2.11 1.30%
1962 $2.11 0.00%
1963 $2.14 1.28%
1964 $2.19 2.53%
1965 $2.27 3.70%
1966 $2.32 2.38%
1967 $2.41 3.49%
1968 $2.49 3.37%
1969 $2.57 3.26%
1970 $2.65 3.16%
1971 $2.81 6.12%
1972 $2.97 5.77%
1973 $3.24 9.09%
1974 $3.76 15.83%
1975 $4.32 15.11%
1976 $4.89 13.13%
1977 $5.49 12.15%
1978 $5.92 7.88%
1979 $6.46 9.13%
1980 $7.14 10.46%
1981 $7.81 9.47%
1982 $8.68 11.07%
1983 $9.57 10.28%
1984 $9.95 3.95%
1985 $10.59 6.52%
1986 $11.57 9.18%
1987 $12.54 8.41%
1988 $13.46 7.33%
1989 $14.46 7.43%
1990 $15.54 7.48%
1991 $16.03 3.13%
1992 $16.19 1.01%
1993 $16.46 1.67%
1994 $16.78 1.97%
1995 $17.57 4.67%
1996 $18.03 2.62%
1997 $18.08 0.30%
1998 $18.22 0.75%
1999 $18.49 1.48%
2000 $19.32 4.53%
2001 $20.16 4.34%
2002 $20.78 3.08%
2003 $21.35 2.73%
2004 $21.84 2.28%
2005 $22.43 2.72%
2006 $23.22 3.49%
2007 $23.76 2.33%
2008 $24.81 4.44%
2009 $25.24 1.74%
2010 $25.97 2.89%
2011 $26.84 3.33%
2012 $27.30 1.71%
2013 $27.97 2.48%
2014 $28.68 2.51%
2015 $29.11 1.51%
2016 $29.49 1.30%
2017 $30.05 1.92%
2018 $30.62 1.89%
2019 $31.11 1.59%
2020 $31.38 0.87%
2021 $31.86 1.55%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

This conversion table shows various other 1948 amounts in 1950 dollars, based on the -15.91% change in prices:

Conversion: 1948 dollars in 1950
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1948 $1.19 dollars in 1950
$5 dollars in 1948 $5.95 dollars in 1950
$10 dollars in 1948 $11.89 dollars in 1950
$50 dollars in 1948 $59.46 dollars in 1950
$100 dollars in 1948 $118.92 dollars in 1950
$500 dollars in 1948 $594.59 dollars in 1950
$1,000 dollars in 1948 $1,189.19 dollars in 1950
$5,000 dollars in 1948 $5,945.95 dollars in 1950
$10,000 dollars in 1948 $11,891.89 dollars in 1950
$50,000 dollars in 1948 $59,459.46 dollars in 1950
$100,000 dollars in 1948 $118,918.92 dollars in 1950
$500,000 dollars in 1948 $594,594.59 dollars in 1950
$1,000,000 dollars in 1948 $1,189,189.19 dollars in 1950

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1948 to 1950

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1948 and 1950:

CPI in 1948 CPI in 1950
×
1950 AUD value
=
1948 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 4.4 in the year 1950 and 3.7 in 1948:

3.74.4
×
$1
=
$0.84

$1 in 1950 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $0.84 in 1948.

To get the total inflation rate for the 2 years between 1948 and 1950, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1948 - CPI in 1950CPI in 1950
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (2 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

3.7 - 4.44.4
×
100
=
-16%

News headlines from 1948

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

  • Jerusalem is proclaimed the capital of Israel by Knesset
  • North Korea invades South Korea.
  • Harry Truman announces that America will seek to develop a hydrogen bomb.
  • Chinese forces occupy Tibet.

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: “$1 in 1950 → 1948 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 Sep. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/australia/inflation/1950?amount=1&endYear=1948.

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 1950 to 1948
Cumulative price change -15.91%
Average inflation rate 9.05%
Converted amount ($1 base) $0.84
Price difference ($1 base) $-0.16
CPI in 1950 4.400
CPI in 1948 3.700
Inflation in 1948 8.82%
Inflation in 1950 10.00%
$1 in 1950 $0.84 in 1948