$100 in 1945 is worth $1,493.48 today

Why a dollar today is worth only 7% of a dollar in 1945

Updated: May 12, 2021

$100 in 1945 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,493.48 today, an increase of $1,393.48 over 76 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.62% per year between 1945 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 1,393.48%.

This means that today's prices are 14.93 times higher than average prices since 1945, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 6.70% of what it could buy back then.

The 1945 inflation rate was 2.22%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 0.73%1. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $100.73 next year.


Inflation from 1945 to 2021
Cumulative price change 1,393.48%
Average inflation rate 3.62%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,493.48
Price difference ($100 base) $1,393.48
CPI in 1945 9.200
CPI in 2021 137.400
Inflation in 1945 2.22%
Inflation in 2021 0.73%
$100 in 1945 $1,493.48 in 2021

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1945

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1945 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $1,493.48 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $1,493.48 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 1945 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 76 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: 1945-2021
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1945 $100.00 2.22%
1946 $105.43 5.43%
1947 $120.65 14.43%
1948 $131.52 9.01%
1949 $132.61 0.83%
1950 $140.22 5.74%
1951 $155.43 10.85%
1952 $153.26 -1.40%
1953 $153.26 0.00%
1954 $153.26 0.00%
1955 $154.35 0.71%
1956 $158.70 2.82%
1957 $161.96 2.05%
1958 $166.30 2.68%
1959 $168.48 1.31%
1960 $170.65 1.29%
1961 $170.65 0.00%
1962 $173.91 1.91%
1963 $177.17 1.88%
1964 $180.43 1.84%
1965 $185.87 3.01%
1966 $192.39 3.51%
1967 $200.00 3.95%
1968 $208.70 4.35%
1969 $218.48 4.69%
1970 $220.65 1.00%
1971 $231.52 4.93%
1972 $243.48 5.16%
1973 $266.30 9.38%
1974 $300.00 12.65%
1975 $328.26 9.42%
1976 $346.74 5.63%
1977 $379.35 9.40%
1978 $411.96 8.60%
1979 $452.17 9.76%
1980 $502.17 11.06%
1981 $563.04 12.12%
1982 $615.22 9.27%
1983 $643.48 4.59%
1984 $667.39 3.72%
1985 $696.74 4.40%
1986 $726.09 4.21%
1987 $756.52 4.19%
1988 $785.87 3.88%
1989 $827.17 5.26%
1990 $868.48 4.99%
1991 $901.09 3.75%
1992 $920.65 2.17%
1993 $935.87 1.65%
1994 $938.04 0.23%
1995 $954.35 1.74%
1996 $975.00 2.16%
1997 $982.61 0.78%
1998 $992.39 1.00%
1999 $1,018.48 2.63%
2000 $1,051.09 3.20%
2001 $1,058.70 0.72%
2002 $1,098.91 3.80%
2003 $1,121.74 2.08%
2004 $1,145.65 2.13%
2005 $1,169.57 2.09%
2006 $1,189.13 1.67%
2007 $1,217.39 2.38%
2008 $1,231.52 1.16%
2009 $1,247.83 1.32%
2010 $1,277.17 2.35%
2011 $1,306.52 2.30%
2012 $1,317.39 0.83%
2013 $1,333.70 1.24%
2014 $1,353.26 1.47%
2015 $1,375.00 1.61%
2016 $1,395.65 1.50%
2017 $1,417.39 1.56%
2018 $1,421.74 0.31%
2019 $1,450.00 1.99%
2020 $1,482.61 2.25%
2021 $1,493.48 0.73%*
* 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 today's dollars, based on the 1,393.48% change in prices:

Conversion: 1945 dollars today
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1945 $14.93 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1945 $74.67 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1945 $149.35 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1945 $746.74 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1945 $1,493.48 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1945 $7,467.39 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1945 $14,934.78 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1945 $74,673.91 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1945 $149,347.83 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1945 $746,739.13 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1945 $1,493,478.26 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1945 $7,467,391.30 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1945 $14,934,782.61 dollars today

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100 since 1945

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

CPI today CPI in 1945
×
1945 CAD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 9.2 in the year 1945 and 137.4 in 2021:

137.49.2
×
$100
=
$1,493.48

$100 in 1945 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,493.48 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 76 years between 1945 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1945CPI in 1945
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (76 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

137.4 - 9.29.2
×
100
=
1,393%

News headlines from 1945

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 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: “Value of 1945 dollars today | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 12 May. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1945.

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 1945 to 2021
Cumulative price change 1,393.48%
Average inflation rate 3.62%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,493.48
Price difference ($100 base) $1,393.48
CPI in 1945 9.200
CPI in 2021 137.400
Inflation in 1945 2.22%
Inflation in 2021 0.73%
$100 in 1945 $1,493.48 in 2021