$100 in 1635 is worth $101.20 in 1900

Value of $100 from 1635 to 1900

$100 in 1635 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $101.20 in 1900, an increase of $1.20 over 265 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 0.00% per year between 1635 and 1900, producing a cumulative price increase of 1.20%.

This means that prices in 1900 are 1.01 times as high as average prices since 1635, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1635 was NaN%. The inflation rate in 1900 was 1.20%. The 1900 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.96% per year between 1900 and 2024.


Inflation from 1635 to 1900
Cumulative price change1.20%
Average inflation rate0.00%
Converted amount
$100 base
$101.20
Price difference
$100 base
$1.20
CPI in 16358.300
CPI in 19008.400
Inflation in 16350.00%
Inflation in 19001.20%
$100 in 1635$101.20 in 1900

USD inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1635

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1635 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $101.20 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $101.20 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.S. 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 1635 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 265 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Dollar inflation: 1635-1900
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1635$100.00-
1636$179.5279.52%
1637$154.22-14.09%
1638$80.72-47.66%
1639$132.5364.18%
1640$115.66-12.73%
1641$115.660.00%
1642$115.660.00%
1643$167.4744.79%
1644$120.48-28.06%
1645$106.02-12.00%
1646$66.27-37.50%
1647$49.40-25.45%
1648$87.9578.05%
1649$128.9246.58%
1650$68.67-46.73%
1651$91.5733.33%
1652$72.29-21.05%
1653$93.9830.00%
1654$93.980.00%
1655$90.36-3.85%
1656$89.16-1.33%
1657$72.29-18.92%
1658$46.99-35.00%
1659$53.0112.82%
1660$60.2413.64%
1661$50.60-16.00%
1662$54.227.14%
1663$54.220.00%
1664$54.220.00%
1665$45.78-15.56%
1666$45.780.00%
1667$49.407.89%
1668$51.814.88%
1669$48.19-6.98%
1670$48.190.00%
1671$48.190.00%
1672$48.190.00%
1673$46.99-2.50%
1674$49.405.13%
1675$43.37-12.20%
1676$44.582.78%
1677$45.782.70%
1678$43.37-5.26%
1679$43.370.00%
1680$50.6016.67%
1681$53.014.76%
1682$44.58-15.91%
1683$44.580.00%
1684$44.580.00%
1685$49.4010.81%
1686$45.78-7.32%
1687$45.780.00%
1688$42.17-7.89%
1689$43.372.86%
1690$44.582.78%
1691$46.995.41%
1692$43.37-7.69%
1693$40.96-5.56%
1694$43.375.88%
1695$40.96-5.56%
1696$48.1917.65%
1697$48.190.00%
1698$45.78-5.00%
1699$50.6010.53%
1700$49.40-2.38%
1701$51.814.88%
1702$46.99-9.30%
1703$46.990.00%
1704$55.4217.95%
1705$50.60-8.70%
1706$54.227.14%
1707$51.81-4.44%
1708$43.37-16.28%
1709$54.2225.00%
1710$49.40-8.89%
1711$48.19-2.44%
1712$45.78-5.00%
1713$49.407.89%
1714$44.58-9.76%
1715$53.0118.92%
1716$49.40-6.82%
1717$54.229.76%
1718$49.40-8.89%
1719$54.229.76%
1720$50.60-6.67%
1721$48.19-4.76%
1722$49.402.50%
1723$50.602.44%
1724$51.812.38%
1725$60.2416.28%
1726$56.63-6.00%
1727$60.246.38%
1728$55.42-8.00%
1729$55.420.00%
1730$55.420.00%
1731$50.60-8.70%
1732$45.78-9.52%
1733$46.992.63%
1734$45.78-2.56%
1735$48.195.26%
1736$45.78-5.00%
1737$48.195.26%
1738$49.402.50%
1739$44.58-9.76%
1740$46.995.41%
1741$78.3166.67%
1742$69.88-10.77%
1743$62.65-10.34%
1744$57.83-7.69%
1745$55.42-4.17%
1746$57.834.35%
1747$63.8610.42%
1748$75.9018.87%
1749$77.111.59%
1750$77.110.00%
1751$77.110.00%
1752$79.523.12%
1753$77.11-3.03%
1754$73.49-4.69%
1755$72.29-1.64%
1756$69.88-3.33%
1757$74.706.90%
1758$80.728.06%
1759$95.1817.91%
1760$91.57-3.80%
1761$83.13-9.21%
1762$90.368.70%
1763$90.360.00%
1764$84.34-6.67%
1765$86.752.86%
1766$92.776.94%
1767$91.57-1.30%
1768$86.75-5.26%
1769$91.575.56%
1770$98.807.89%
1771$93.98-4.88%
1772$109.6416.67%
1773$103.61-5.49%
1774$97.59-5.81%
1775$92.77-4.94%
1776$104.8212.99%
1777$127.7121.84%
1778$166.2730.19%
1779$146.99-11.59%
1780$165.0612.30%
1781$133.73-18.98%
1782$145.789.01%
1783$127.71-12.40%
1784$122.89-3.77%
1785$116.87-4.90%
1786$114.46-2.06%
1787$112.05-2.11%
1788$107.23-4.30%
1789$106.02-1.12%
1790$110.844.55%
1791$113.252.17%
1792$115.662.13%
1793$119.283.13%
1794$132.5311.11%
1795$151.8114.55%
1796$159.044.76%
1797$153.01-3.79%
1798$148.19-3.15%
1799$148.190.00%
1800$151.812.44%
1801$153.010.79%
1802$128.92-15.75%
1803$136.145.61%
1804$142.174.42%
1805$140.96-0.85%
1806$146.994.27%
1807$139.76-4.92%
1808$151.818.62%
1809$148.19-2.38%
1810$148.190.00%
1811$157.836.50%
1812$160.241.53%
1813$192.7720.30%
1814$212.0510.00%
1815$185.54-12.50%
1816$169.88-8.44%
1817$160.24-5.67%
1818$153.01-4.51%
1819$153.010.00%
1820$140.96-7.87%
1821$136.14-3.42%
1822$140.963.54%
1823$126.51-10.26%
1824$116.87-7.62%
1825$119.282.06%
1826$119.280.00%
1827$120.481.01%
1828$114.46-5.00%
1829$112.05-2.11%
1830$110.84-1.08%
1831$104.82-5.43%
1832$103.61-1.15%
1833$101.20-2.33%
1834$103.612.38%
1835$106.022.33%
1836$112.055.68%
1837$115.663.23%
1838$112.05-3.12%
1839$112.050.00%
1840$104.82-6.45%
1841$104.820.00%
1842$98.80-5.75%
1843$89.16-9.76%
1844$90.361.35%
1845$91.571.33%
1846$92.771.32%
1847$98.806.49%
1848$95.18-3.66%
1849$92.77-2.53%
1850$93.981.30%
1851$92.77-1.28%
1852$92.770.00%
1853$92.770.00%
1854$101.209.09%
1855$104.823.57%
1856$102.41-2.30%
1857$104.822.35%
1858$98.80-5.75%
1859$100.001.22%
1860$100.000.00%
1861$106.026.02%
1862$121.6914.77%
1863$151.8124.75%
1864$189.1624.60%
1865$196.393.82%
1866$191.57-2.45%
1867$178.31-6.92%
1868$171.08-4.05%
1869$163.86-4.23%
1870$157.83-3.68%
1871$146.99-6.87%
1872$146.990.00%
1873$144.58-1.64%
1874$137.35-5.00%
1875$132.53-3.51%
1876$128.92-2.73%
1877$126.51-1.87%
1878$120.48-4.76%
1879$120.480.00%
1880$122.892.00%
1881$122.890.00%
1882$122.890.00%
1883$121.69-0.98%
1884$118.07-2.97%
1885$116.87-1.02%
1886$113.25-3.09%
1887$114.461.06%
1888$114.460.00%
1889$110.84-3.16%
1890$109.64-1.09%
1891$109.640.00%
1892$109.640.00%
1893$108.43-1.10%
1894$103.61-4.44%
1895$101.20-2.33%
1896$101.200.00%
1897$100.00-1.19%
1898$100.000.00%
1899$100.000.00%
1900$101.201.20%
1901$102.411.19%
1902$103.611.18%
1903$106.022.33%
1904$107.231.14%
1905$106.02-1.12%
1906$108.432.27%
1907$113.254.44%
1908$110.84-2.13%
1909$109.64-1.09%
1910$114.464.40%
1911$114.460.00%
1912$116.872.11%
1913$119.282.06%
1914$120.481.01%
1915$121.691.00%
1916$131.337.92%
1917$154.2217.43%
1918$181.9317.97%
1919$208.4314.57%
1920$240.9615.61%
1921$215.66-10.50%
1922$202.41-6.15%
1923$206.021.79%
1924$206.020.00%
1925$210.842.34%
1926$213.251.14%
1927$209.64-1.69%
1928$206.02-1.72%
1929$206.020.00%
1930$201.20-2.34%
1931$183.13-8.98%
1932$165.06-9.87%
1933$156.63-5.11%
1934$161.453.08%
1935$165.062.24%
1936$167.471.46%
1937$173.493.60%
1938$169.88-2.08%
1939$167.47-1.42%
1940$168.670.72%
1941$177.115.00%
1942$196.3910.88%
1943$208.436.13%
1944$212.051.73%
1945$216.872.27%
1946$234.948.33%
1947$268.6714.36%
1948$290.368.07%
1949$286.75-1.24%
1950$290.361.26%
1951$313.257.88%
1952$319.281.92%
1953$321.690.75%
1954$324.100.75%
1955$322.89-0.37%
1956$327.711.49%
1957$338.553.31%
1958$348.192.85%
1959$350.600.69%
1960$356.631.72%
1961$360.241.01%
1962$363.861.00%
1963$368.671.32%
1964$373.491.31%
1965$379.521.61%
1966$390.362.86%
1967$402.413.09%
1968$419.284.19%
1969$442.175.46%
1970$467.475.72%
1971$487.954.38%
1972$503.613.21%
1973$534.946.22%
1974$593.9811.04%
1975$648.199.13%
1976$685.545.76%
1977$730.126.50%
1978$785.547.59%
1979$874.7011.35%
1980$992.7713.50%
1981$1,095.1810.32%
1982$1,162.656.16%
1983$1,200.003.21%
1984$1,251.814.32%
1985$1,296.393.56%
1986$1,320.481.86%
1987$1,368.673.65%
1988$1,425.304.14%
1989$1,493.984.82%
1990$1,574.705.40%
1991$1,640.964.21%
1992$1,690.363.01%
1993$1,740.962.99%
1994$1,785.542.56%
1995$1,836.142.83%
1996$1,890.362.95%
1997$1,933.732.29%
1998$1,963.861.56%
1999$2,007.232.21%
2000$2,074.703.36%
2001$2,133.732.85%
2002$2,167.471.58%
2003$2,216.872.28%
2004$2,275.902.66%
2005$2,353.013.39%
2006$2,428.923.23%
2007$2,498.102.85%
2008$2,594.013.84%
2009$2,584.78-0.36%
2010$2,627.181.64%
2011$2,710.113.16%
2012$2,766.192.07%
2013$2,806.711.46%
2014$2,852.241.62%
2015$2,855.630.12%
2016$2,891.651.26%
2017$2,953.252.13%
2018$3,026.872.49%
2019$3,080.211.76%
2020$3,118.211.23%
2021$3,264.704.70%
2022$3,525.978.00%
2023$3,671.114.12%
2024$3,777.692.90%*
* 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 1635 amounts in 1900 dollars, based on the 1.20% change in prices:

Conversion: 1635 dollars in 1900
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1635$1.01 dollars in 1900
$5 dollars in 1635$5.06 dollars in 1900
$10 dollars in 1635$10.12 dollars in 1900
$50 dollars in 1635$50.60 dollars in 1900
$100 dollars in 1635$101.20 dollars in 1900
$500 dollars in 1635$506.02 dollars in 1900
$1,000 dollars in 1635$1,012.05 dollars in 1900
$5,000 dollars in 1635$5,060.24 dollars in 1900
$10,000 dollars in 1635$10,120.48 dollars in 1900
$50,000 dollars in 1635$50,602.41 dollars in 1900
$100,000 dollars in 1635$101,204.82 dollars in 1900
$500,000 dollars in 1635$506,024.10 dollars in 1900
$1,000,000 dollars in 1635$1,012,048.19 dollars in 1900

Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes.

This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1635 and 1900.

Compare these values to the overall average of 0.00% per year:

CategoryAvg Inflation (%)Total Inflation (%)$100 in 1635 → 1900
Food and beverages0.000.00100.00
Housing0.000.00100.00
Apparel0.000.00100.00
Transportation0.000.00100.00
Medical care0.000.00100.00
Recreation0.000.00100.00
Education and communication0.000.00100.00
Other goods and services0.000.00100.00

The graph below compares inflation in categories of goods over time. Click on a category such as "Food" to toggle it on or off:

For all these visualizations, it's important to note that not all categories may have been tracked since 1635. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to calculate inflation rate for $100, 1635 to 1900

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1635 and 1900:

CPI in 1900 CPI in 1635
×
1635 USD value
=
1900 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.3 in the year 1635 and 8.4 in 1900:

8.48.3
×
$100
=
$101.20

$100 in 1635 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $101.20 in 1900.

To get the total inflation rate for the 265 years between 1635 and 1900, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1900 - CPI in 1635CPI in 1635
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (265 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.4 - 8.38.3
×
100
=
1%

Data source & citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Price index data from 1774 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University and from the American Antiquarian Society. Price index data from 1634 to 1773 is from the American Antiquarian Society, using British pound equivalents.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$100 in 1635 → 1900 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 16 May. 2024, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1635?endYear=1900&amount=100.

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 1635 to 1900
Cumulative price change1.20%
Average inflation rate0.00%
Converted amount
$100 base
$101.20
Price difference
$100 base
$1.20
CPI in 16358.300
CPI in 19008.400
Inflation in 16350.00%
Inflation in 19001.20%
$100 in 1635$101.20 in 1900