$100 in 1972 is worth $613.39 today

Why a dollar today is worth only 16% of a dollar in 1972

Updated: September 14, 2021

$100 in 1972 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $613.39 today, an increase of $513.39 over 49 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.77% per year between 1972 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 513.39%.

This means that today's prices are 6.13 times higher than average prices since 1972, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 16.30% of what it could buy back then.

The 1972 inflation rate was 5.16%. 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 1972 to 2021
Cumulative price change 513.39%
Average inflation rate 3.77%
Converted amount ($100 base) $613.39
Price difference ($100 base) $513.39
CPI in 1972 22.400
CPI in 2021 137.400
Inflation in 1972 5.16%
Inflation in 2021 0.73%
$100 in 1972 $613.39 in 2021

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1972

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1972 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $613.39 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $613.39 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 1972 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 49 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: 1972-2021
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1972 $100.00 5.16%
1973 $109.38 9.38%
1974 $123.21 12.65%
1975 $134.82 9.42%
1976 $142.41 5.63%
1977 $155.80 9.40%
1978 $169.20 8.60%
1979 $185.71 9.76%
1980 $206.25 11.06%
1981 $231.25 12.12%
1982 $252.68 9.27%
1983 $264.29 4.59%
1984 $274.11 3.72%
1985 $286.16 4.40%
1986 $298.21 4.21%
1987 $310.71 4.19%
1988 $322.77 3.88%
1989 $339.73 5.26%
1990 $356.70 4.99%
1991 $370.09 3.75%
1992 $378.13 2.17%
1993 $384.38 1.65%
1994 $385.27 0.23%
1995 $391.96 1.74%
1996 $400.45 2.16%
1997 $403.57 0.78%
1998 $407.59 1.00%
1999 $418.30 2.63%
2000 $431.70 3.20%
2001 $434.82 0.72%
2002 $451.34 3.80%
2003 $460.71 2.08%
2004 $470.54 2.13%
2005 $480.36 2.09%
2006 $488.39 1.67%
2007 $500.00 2.38%
2008 $505.80 1.16%
2009 $512.50 1.32%
2010 $524.55 2.35%
2011 $536.61 2.30%
2012 $541.07 0.83%
2013 $547.77 1.24%
2014 $555.80 1.47%
2015 $564.73 1.61%
2016 $573.21 1.50%
2017 $582.14 1.56%
2018 $583.93 0.31%
2019 $595.54 1.99%
2020 $608.93 2.25%
2021 $613.39 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 1972 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 513.39% change in prices:

Conversion: 1972 dollars today
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1972 $6.13 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1972 $30.67 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1972 $61.34 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1972 $306.70 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1972 $613.39 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1972 $3,066.96 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1972 $6,133.93 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1972 $30,669.64 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1972 $61,339.29 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1972 $306,696.43 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1972 $613,392.86 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1972 $3,066,964.29 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1972 $6,133,928.57 dollars today

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100 since 1972

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1972 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1972
×
1972 CAD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 22.4 in the year 1972 and 137.4 in 2021:

137.422.4
×
$100
=
$613.39

$100 in 1972 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $613.39 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 49 years between 1972 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1972CPI in 1972
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (49 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

137.4 - 22.422.4
×
100
=
513%

News headlines from 1972

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

  • The US's costliest natural disaster, Hurricane Agnes, causes 119 deaths and $3 billion damage.
  • The US Senate,ratifies the first Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • A member of the terrorist group Black September kills eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.
  • Pong, the first commercially successful video game is released by the co-founder of Atari.

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 1972 dollars today | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 14 Sep. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1972.

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 1972 to 2021
Cumulative price change 513.39%
Average inflation rate 3.77%
Converted amount ($100 base) $613.39
Price difference ($100 base) $513.39
CPI in 1972 22.400
CPI in 2021 137.400
Inflation in 1972 5.16%
Inflation in 2021 0.73%
$100 in 1972 $613.39 in 2021