£30,000 in 1833 is worth £3,750,303.92 today

Value of £30,000 from 1833 to 2021

£30,000 in 1833 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £3,750,303.92 today, an increase of £3,720,303.92 over 188 years. The pound had an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year between 1833 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 12,401.01%.

This means that today's prices are 125.01 times higher than average prices since 1833, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index. A pound today only buys 0.80% of what it could buy back then.

The 1833 inflation rate was -5.94%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 3.10%1. If this number holds, £30,000 today will be equivalent in buying power to £30,930.00 next year.


Inflation from 1833 to 2021
Cumulative price change 12,401.01%
Average inflation rate 2.60%
Converted amount (£30,000 base) £3,750,303.92
Price difference (£30,000 base) £3,720,303.92
CPI in 1833 9.500
CPI in 2021 1,187.596
Inflation in 1833 -5.94%
Inflation in 2021 3.10%
£30,000 in 1833 £3,750,303.92 in 2021

GBP Inflation since 1750
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI
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Buying power of £30,000 in 1833

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £30,000 in 1833 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £30,000, you would need to end with £3,750,303.92 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £30,000 is equivalent to £3,750,303.92 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.K. pound decreases over time. In other words, a pound will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a pound over time. By calculating the value in 1833 dollars, the chart below shows how £30,000 is worth less over 188 years.

According to the Office for National Statistics, each of these GBP amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Pound inflation: 1833-2021
Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1833 £30,000.00 -5.94%
1834 £27,473.68 -8.42%
1835 £28,105.26 2.30%
1836 £31,263.16 11.24%
1837 £31,894.74 2.02%
1838 £32,210.53 0.99%
1839 £34,421.05 6.86%
1840 £35,052.63 1.83%
1841 £34,421.05 -1.80%
1842 £31,578.95 -8.26%
1843 £28,105.26 -11.00%
1844 £28,105.26 0.00%
1845 £29,368.42 4.49%
1846 £30,631.58 4.30%
1847 £34,421.05 12.37%
1848 £30,000.00 -12.84%
1849 £28,105.26 -6.32%
1850 £26,526.32 -5.62%
1851 £25,578.95 -3.57%
1852 £25,578.95 0.00%
1853 £28,105.26 9.88%
1854 £32,210.53 14.61%
1855 £33,157.89 2.94%
1856 £33,157.89 0.00%
1857 £31,578.95 -4.76%
1858 £28,736.84 -9.00%
1859 £28,421.05 -1.10%
1860 £29,368.42 3.33%
1861 £30,000.00 2.15%
1862 £29,368.42 -2.11%
1863 £28,421.05 -3.23%
1864 £28,105.26 -1.11%
1865 £28,421.05 1.12%
1866 £30,000.00 5.56%
1867 £31,894.74 6.32%
1868 £31,578.95 -0.99%
1869 £30,000.00 -5.00%
1870 £30,000.00 0.00%
1871 £30,315.79 1.05%
1872 £31,578.95 4.17%
1873 £32,842.11 4.00%
1874 £31,578.95 -3.85%
1875 £30,947.37 -2.00%
1876 £30,947.37 0.00%
1877 £30,631.58 -1.02%
1878 £30,000.00 -2.06%
1879 £28,736.84 -4.21%
1880 £29,684.21 3.30%
1881 £29,368.42 -1.06%
1882 £29,684.21 1.08%
1883 £29,368.42 -1.06%
1884 £28,736.84 -2.15%
1885 £27,789.47 -3.30%
1886 £27,473.68 -1.14%
1887 £27,157.89 -1.15%
1888 £27,473.68 1.16%
1889 £27,789.47 1.15%
1890 £27,789.47 0.00%
1891 £28,105.26 1.14%
1892 £28,105.26 0.00%
1893 £27,789.47 -1.12%
1894 £27,473.68 -1.14%
1895 £27,157.89 -1.15%
1896 £26,842.11 -1.16%
1897 £27,473.68 2.35%
1898 £27,473.68 0.00%
1899 £27,789.47 1.15%
1900 £29,052.63 4.55%
1901 £29,052.63 0.00%
1902 £29,052.63 0.00%
1903 £29,368.42 1.09%
1904 £29,368.42 0.00%
1905 £29,368.42 0.00%
1906 £29,368.42 0.00%
1907 £29,684.21 1.08%
1908 £29,684.21 0.00%
1909 £30,000.00 1.06%
1910 £30,315.79 1.05%
1911 £30,315.79 0.00%
1912 £31,263.16 3.13%
1913 £30,947.37 -1.01%
1914 £30,947.37 0.00%
1915 £34,736.84 12.24%
1916 £41,052.63 18.18%
1917 £51,473.68 25.38%
1918 £62,842.11 22.09%
1919 £69,157.89 10.05%
1920 £79,894.74 15.53%
1921 £72,947.37 -8.70%
1922 £62,842.11 -13.85%
1923 £59,052.63 -6.03%
1924 £58,736.84 -0.53%
1925 £58,736.84 0.00%
1926 £58,421.05 -0.54%
1927 £56,842.11 -2.70%
1928 £56,842.11 0.00%
1929 £56,210.53 -1.11%
1930 £54,631.58 -2.81%
1931 £52,421.05 -4.05%
1932 £51,157.89 -2.41%
1933 £49,894.74 -2.47%
1934 £49,894.74 0.00%
1935 £50,210.53 0.63%
1936 £50,526.32 0.63%
1937 £52,421.05 3.75%
1938 £53,052.63 1.20%
1939 £54,631.58 2.98%
1940 £63,789.47 16.76%
1941 £70,736.84 10.89%
1942 £75,789.47 7.14%
1943 £78,315.79 3.33%
1944 £80,526.32 2.82%
1945 £82,736.84 2.75%
1946 £85,263.16 3.05%
1947 £91,263.16 7.04%
1948 £98,210.53 7.61%
1949 £101,052.63 2.89%
1950 £104,210.53 3.13%
1951 £113,684.21 9.09%
1952 £124,105.26 9.17%
1953 £127,894.74 3.05%
1954 £130,421.05 1.98%
1955 £136,105.26 4.36%
1956 £143,052.63 5.10%
1957 £148,105.26 3.53%
1958 £152,842.11 3.20%
1959 £153,473.68 0.41%
1960 £155,052.63 1.03%
1961 £160,421.05 3.46%
1962 £167,368.42 4.33%
1963 £170,526.32 1.89%
1964 £176,210.53 3.33%
1965 £184,421.05 4.66%
1966 £191,684.21 3.94%
1967 £196,736.84 2.64%
1968 £205,894.74 4.65%
1969 £216,947.37 5.37%
1970 £230,842.11 6.40%
1971 £252,631.58 9.44%
1972 £270,631.58 7.13%
1973 £295,263.16 9.10%
1974 £342,631.58 16.04%
1975 £425,684.21 24.24%
1976 £496,105.26 16.54%
1977 £574,736.84 15.85%
1978 £622,421.05 8.30%
1979 £705,789.47 13.39%
1980 £832,736.84 17.99%
1981 £931,578.95 11.87%
1982 £1,011,789.47 8.61%
1983 £1,058,210.53 4.59%
1984 £1,110,947.37 4.98%
1985 £1,178,526.32 6.08%
1986 £1,218,631.58 3.40%
1987 £1,269,473.68 4.17%
1988 £1,331,684.21 4.90%
1989 £1,435,263.16 7.78%
1990 £1,571,052.63 9.46%
1991 £1,663,263.16 5.87%
1992 £1,725,473.68 3.74%
1993 £1,752,947.37 1.59%
1994 £1,795,263.16 2.41%
1995 £1,857,473.68 3.47%
1996 £1,902,315.79 2.41%
1997 £1,962,000.00 3.14%
1998 £2,029,263.16 3.43%
1999 £2,060,526.32 1.54%
2000 £2,121,473.68 2.96%
2001 £2,159,052.63 1.77%
2002 £2,195,052.63 1.67%
2003 £2,258,526.32 2.89%
2004 £2,325,789.47 2.98%
2005 £2,391,473.68 2.82%
2006 £2,467,894.74 3.20%
2007 £2,573,684.21 4.29%
2008 £2,676,315.79 3.99%
2009 £2,662,105.26 -0.53%
2010 £2,784,947.37 4.61%
2011 £2,929,894.74 5.20%
2012 £3,024,000.00 3.21%
2013 £3,115,894.74 3.04%
2014 £3,189,473.68 2.36%
2015 £3,221,052.63 0.99%
2016 £3,276,947.37 1.74%
2017 £3,394,421.05 3.58%
2018 £3,486,070.42 2.70%
2019 £3,573,222.18 2.50%
2020 £3,637,540.18 1.80%
2021 £3,750,303.92 3.10%*
* 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 1833 amounts in today's pounds, based on the 12,401.01% change in prices:

Conversion: 1833 pounds today
Initial value Equivalent value
£1 pound in 1833 £125.01 pounds today
£5 pounds in 1833 £625.05 pounds today
£10 pounds in 1833 £1,250.10 pounds today
£50 pounds in 1833 £6,250.51 pounds today
£100 pounds in 1833 £12,501.01 pounds today
£500 pounds in 1833 £62,505.07 pounds today
£1,000 pounds in 1833 £125,010.13 pounds today
£5,000 pounds in 1833 £625,050.65 pounds today
£10,000 pounds in 1833 £1,250,101.31 pounds today
£50,000 pounds in 1833 £6,250,506.53 pounds today
£100,000 pounds in 1833 £12,501,013.05 pounds today
£500,000 pounds in 1833 £62,505,065.26 pounds today
£1,000,000 pounds in 1833 £125,010,130.53 pounds today

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £30,000 since 1833

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1833 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1833
×
1833 GBP value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 9.5 in the year 1833 and 1187.59624 in 2021:

1187.596249.5
×
£30,000
=
£3,750,303.92

£30,000 in 1833 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £3,750,303.92 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 188 years between 1833 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1833CPI in 1833
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (188 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1187.59624 - 9.59.5
×
100
=
12,401%

News headlines from 1833

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

  • The Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic, fall under British control.
  • Joseph Pease, a Quaker, is admitted to Parliament.
  • Charles Darwin arrives at the Straits of Ponsonby, Fireland.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the composite price index published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). A composite index is created by combining price data from several different published sources, both official and unofficial. The Consumer Price Index, normally used to compute inflation, has only been tracked since 1988. All inflation calculations after 1988 use the Office for National Statistics' Consumer Price Index, except for 2017, which is based on The Bank of England's forecast.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “£30,000 in 1833 → 2021 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 2 Dec. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1833?amount=30000.

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 1833 to 2021
Cumulative price change 12,401.01%
Average inflation rate 2.60%
Converted amount (£30,000 base) £3,750,303.92
Price difference (£30,000 base) £3,720,303.92
CPI in 1833 9.500
CPI in 2021 1,187.596
Inflation in 1833 -5.94%
Inflation in 2021 3.10%
£30,000 in 1833 £3,750,303.92 in 2021