$100 in 1795 is worth $76.98 in 1912

Value of $100 from 1795 to 1912

$100 in 1795 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $76.98 in 1912, a difference of $-23.02 over 117 years. The dollar had an average deflation rate of -0.22% per year since 1795, producing a cumulative price change of -23.02%.

This means that prices in 1912 are 23.02% lower than average prices since 1795, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1795 was 14.55%. The inflation rate in 1912 was 2.11%. The 1912 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.13% per year between 1912 and 2022.


Inflation from 1795 to 1912
Cumulative price change -23.02%
Average inflation rate -0.22%
Converted amount ($100 base) $76.98
Price difference ($100 base) $-23.02
CPI in 1795 12.600
CPI in 1912 9.700
Inflation in 1795 14.55%
Inflation in 1912 2.11%
$100 in 1795 $76.98 in 1912

USD inflation since 1795
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1795

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1795 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $76.98 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

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: 1795-1912
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1795 $100.00 14.55%
1796 $104.76 4.76%
1797 $100.79 -3.79%
1798 $97.62 -3.15%
1799 $97.62 0.00%
1800 $100.00 2.44%
1801 $100.79 0.79%
1802 $84.92 -15.75%
1803 $89.68 5.61%
1804 $93.65 4.42%
1805 $92.86 -0.85%
1806 $96.83 4.27%
1807 $92.06 -4.92%
1808 $100.00 8.62%
1809 $97.62 -2.38%
1810 $97.62 0.00%
1811 $103.97 6.50%
1812 $105.56 1.53%
1813 $126.98 20.30%
1814 $139.68 10.00%
1815 $122.22 -12.50%
1816 $111.90 -8.44%
1817 $105.56 -5.67%
1818 $100.79 -4.51%
1819 $100.79 0.00%
1820 $92.86 -7.87%
1821 $89.68 -3.42%
1822 $92.86 3.54%
1823 $83.33 -10.26%
1824 $76.98 -7.62%
1825 $78.57 2.06%
1826 $78.57 0.00%
1827 $79.37 1.01%
1828 $75.40 -5.00%
1829 $73.81 -2.11%
1830 $73.02 -1.08%
1831 $69.05 -5.43%
1832 $68.25 -1.15%
1833 $66.67 -2.33%
1834 $68.25 2.38%
1835 $69.84 2.33%
1836 $73.81 5.68%
1837 $76.19 3.23%
1838 $73.81 -3.12%
1839 $73.81 0.00%
1840 $69.05 -6.45%
1841 $69.05 0.00%
1842 $65.08 -5.75%
1843 $58.73 -9.76%
1844 $59.52 1.35%
1845 $60.32 1.33%
1846 $61.11 1.32%
1847 $65.08 6.49%
1848 $62.70 -3.66%
1849 $61.11 -2.53%
1850 $61.90 1.30%
1851 $61.11 -1.28%
1852 $61.11 0.00%
1853 $61.11 0.00%
1854 $66.67 9.09%
1855 $69.05 3.57%
1856 $67.46 -2.30%
1857 $69.05 2.35%
1858 $65.08 -5.75%
1859 $65.87 1.22%
1860 $65.87 0.00%
1861 $69.84 6.02%
1862 $80.16 14.77%
1863 $100.00 24.75%
1864 $124.60 24.60%
1865 $129.37 3.82%
1866 $126.19 -2.45%
1867 $117.46 -6.92%
1868 $112.70 -4.05%
1869 $107.94 -4.23%
1870 $103.97 -3.68%
1871 $96.83 -6.87%
1872 $96.83 0.00%
1873 $95.24 -1.64%
1874 $90.48 -5.00%
1875 $87.30 -3.51%
1876 $84.92 -2.73%
1877 $83.33 -1.87%
1878 $79.37 -4.76%
1879 $79.37 0.00%
1880 $80.95 2.00%
1881 $80.95 0.00%
1882 $80.95 0.00%
1883 $80.16 -0.98%
1884 $77.78 -2.97%
1885 $76.98 -1.02%
1886 $74.60 -3.09%
1887 $75.40 1.06%
1888 $75.40 0.00%
1889 $73.02 -3.16%
1890 $72.22 -1.09%
1891 $72.22 0.00%
1892 $72.22 0.00%
1893 $71.43 -1.10%
1894 $68.25 -4.44%
1895 $66.67 -2.33%
1896 $66.67 0.00%
1897 $65.87 -1.19%
1898 $65.87 0.00%
1899 $65.87 0.00%
1900 $66.67 1.20%
1901 $67.46 1.19%
1902 $68.25 1.18%
1903 $69.84 2.33%
1904 $70.63 1.14%
1905 $69.84 -1.12%
1906 $71.43 2.27%
1907 $74.60 4.44%
1908 $73.02 -2.13%
1909 $72.22 -1.09%
1910 $75.40 4.40%
1911 $75.40 0.00%
1912 $76.98 2.11%
1913 $78.57 2.06%
1914 $79.37 1.01%
1915 $80.16 1.00%
1916 $86.51 7.92%
1917 $101.59 17.43%
1918 $119.84 17.97%
1919 $137.30 14.57%
1920 $158.73 15.61%
1921 $142.06 -10.50%
1922 $133.33 -6.15%
1923 $135.71 1.79%
1924 $135.71 0.00%
1925 $138.89 2.34%
1926 $140.48 1.14%
1927 $138.10 -1.69%
1928 $135.71 -1.72%
1929 $135.71 0.00%
1930 $132.54 -2.34%
1931 $120.63 -8.98%
1932 $108.73 -9.87%
1933 $103.17 -5.11%
1934 $106.35 3.08%
1935 $108.73 2.24%
1936 $110.32 1.46%
1937 $114.29 3.60%
1938 $111.90 -2.08%
1939 $110.32 -1.42%
1940 $111.11 0.72%
1941 $116.67 5.00%
1942 $129.37 10.88%
1943 $137.30 6.13%
1944 $139.68 1.73%
1945 $142.86 2.27%
1946 $154.76 8.33%
1947 $176.98 14.36%
1948 $191.27 8.07%
1949 $188.89 -1.24%
1950 $191.27 1.26%
1951 $206.35 7.88%
1952 $210.32 1.92%
1953 $211.90 0.75%
1954 $213.49 0.75%
1955 $212.70 -0.37%
1956 $215.87 1.49%
1957 $223.02 3.31%
1958 $229.37 2.85%
1959 $230.95 0.69%
1960 $234.92 1.72%
1961 $237.30 1.01%
1962 $239.68 1.00%
1963 $242.86 1.32%
1964 $246.03 1.31%
1965 $250.00 1.61%
1966 $257.14 2.86%
1967 $265.08 3.09%
1968 $276.19 4.19%
1969 $291.27 5.46%
1970 $307.94 5.72%
1971 $321.43 4.38%
1972 $331.75 3.21%
1973 $352.38 6.22%
1974 $391.27 11.04%
1975 $426.98 9.13%
1976 $451.59 5.76%
1977 $480.95 6.50%
1978 $517.46 7.59%
1979 $576.19 11.35%
1980 $653.97 13.50%
1981 $721.43 10.32%
1982 $765.87 6.16%
1983 $790.48 3.21%
1984 $824.60 4.32%
1985 $853.97 3.56%
1986 $869.84 1.86%
1987 $901.59 3.65%
1988 $938.89 4.14%
1989 $984.13 4.82%
1990 $1,037.30 5.40%
1991 $1,080.95 4.21%
1992 $1,113.49 3.01%
1993 $1,146.83 2.99%
1994 $1,176.19 2.56%
1995 $1,209.52 2.83%
1996 $1,245.24 2.95%
1997 $1,273.81 2.29%
1998 $1,293.65 1.56%
1999 $1,322.22 2.21%
2000 $1,366.67 3.36%
2001 $1,405.56 2.85%
2002 $1,427.78 1.58%
2003 $1,460.32 2.28%
2004 $1,499.21 2.66%
2005 $1,550.00 3.39%
2006 $1,600.00 3.23%
2007 $1,645.57 2.85%
2008 $1,708.75 3.84%
2009 $1,702.67 -0.36%
2010 $1,730.60 1.64%
2011 $1,785.23 3.16%
2012 $1,822.17 2.07%
2013 $1,848.87 1.46%
2014 $1,878.86 1.62%
2015 $1,881.09 0.12%
2016 $1,904.82 1.26%
2017 $1,945.40 2.13%
2018 $1,993.89 2.49%
2019 $2,029.03 1.76%
2020 $2,054.06 1.23%
2021 $2,150.56 4.70%
2022 $2,294.52 6.69%*
* 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 1795 amounts in 1912 dollars, based on the -23.02% change in prices:

Conversion: 1795 dollars in 1912
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1795 $0.77 dollars in 1912
$5 dollars in 1795 $3.85 dollars in 1912
$10 dollars in 1795 $7.70 dollars in 1912
$50 dollars in 1795 $38.49 dollars in 1912
$100 dollars in 1795 $76.98 dollars in 1912
$500 dollars in 1795 $384.92 dollars in 1912
$1,000 dollars in 1795 $769.84 dollars in 1912
$5,000 dollars in 1795 $3,849.21 dollars in 1912
$10,000 dollars in 1795 $7,698.41 dollars in 1912
$50,000 dollars in 1795 $38,492.06 dollars in 1912
$100,000 dollars in 1795 $76,984.13 dollars in 1912
$500,000 dollars in 1795 $384,920.63 dollars in 1912
$1,000,000 dollars in 1795 $769,841.27 dollars in 1912

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1795 would be equivalent to £105.32 in 1912, an absolute change of £5.32 and a cumulative change of 5.32%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $-23.02 and total percent change of -23.02%.


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 1795 and 1912.

Compare these values to the overall average of -0.22% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1795 → 1912
Food and beverages 0.00 0.00 100.00
Housing 0.00 0.00 100.00
Apparel 0.00 0.00 100.00
Transportation 0.00 0.00 100.00
Medical care 0.00 0.00 100.00
Recreation 0.00 0.00 100.00
Education and communication 0.00 0.00 100.00
Other goods and services 0.00 0.00 100.00

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 1795. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to calculate inflation rate for $100, 1795 to 1912

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1795 and 1912:

CPI in 1912 CPI in 1795
×
1795 USD value
=
1912 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 12.6 in the year 1795 and 9.7 in 1912:

9.712.6
×
$100
=
$76.98

$100 in 1795 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $76.98 in 1912.

To get the total inflation rate for the 117 years between 1795 and 1912, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1912 - CPI in 1795CPI in 1795
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (117 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.7 - 12.612.6
×
100
=
-23%

Data source & citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1634 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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$100 in 1795 → 1912 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 May. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1795?amount=100&endYear=1912.

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 1795 to 1912
Cumulative price change -23.02%
Average inflation rate -0.22%
Converted amount ($100 base) $76.98
Price difference ($100 base) $-23.02
CPI in 1795 12.600
CPI in 1912 9.700
Inflation in 1795 14.55%
Inflation in 1912 2.11%
$100 in 1795 $76.98 in 1912