\$30 in 1830 is worth \$849.09 today

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Value of \$30 from 1830 to 2020

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 2,730.30% higher than average prices since 1830. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.78% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$30 in 1830 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$849.09 in 2020, a difference of \$819.09 over 190 years.

The 1830 inflation rate was -1.08%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 1.18%1. If this number holds, \$30 today will be equivalent in buying power to \$30.35 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

 Cumulative price change 2,730.30% Average inflation rate 1.78% Converted amount (\$30 base) \$849.09 Price difference (\$30 base) \$819.09 CPI in 1830 9.200 CPI in 2020 260.388 Inflation in 1830 -1.08% Inflation in 2020 1.18%

USD Inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

Buying power of \$30 in 1830

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$30 in 1830 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with \$30, you would need to end with \$849.09 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$30 is equivalent to \$849.09 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 1830 dollars, the chart below shows how \$30 is worth less over 190 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: 1830-2020
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1830 \$30.00 -1.08%
1831 \$28.37 -5.43%
1832 \$28.04 -1.15%
1833 \$27.39 -2.33%
1834 \$28.04 2.38%
1835 \$28.70 2.33%
1836 \$30.33 5.68%
1837 \$31.30 3.23%
1838 \$30.33 -3.12%
1839 \$30.33 0.00%
1840 \$28.37 -6.45%
1841 \$28.37 0.00%
1842 \$26.74 -5.75%
1843 \$24.13 -9.76%
1844 \$24.46 1.35%
1845 \$24.78 1.33%
1846 \$25.11 1.32%
1847 \$26.74 6.49%
1848 \$25.76 -3.66%
1849 \$25.11 -2.53%
1850 \$25.43 1.30%
1851 \$25.11 -1.28%
1852 \$25.11 0.00%
1853 \$25.11 0.00%
1854 \$27.39 9.09%
1855 \$28.37 3.57%
1856 \$27.72 -2.30%
1857 \$28.37 2.35%
1858 \$26.74 -5.75%
1859 \$27.07 1.22%
1860 \$27.07 0.00%
1861 \$28.70 6.02%
1862 \$32.93 14.77%
1863 \$41.09 24.75%
1864 \$51.20 24.60%
1865 \$53.15 3.82%
1866 \$51.85 -2.45%
1867 \$48.26 -6.92%
1868 \$46.30 -4.05%
1869 \$44.35 -4.23%
1870 \$42.72 -3.68%
1871 \$39.78 -6.87%
1872 \$39.78 0.00%
1873 \$39.13 -1.64%
1874 \$37.17 -5.00%
1875 \$35.87 -3.51%
1876 \$34.89 -2.73%
1877 \$34.24 -1.87%
1878 \$32.61 -4.76%
1879 \$32.61 0.00%
1880 \$33.26 2.00%
1881 \$33.26 0.00%
1882 \$33.26 0.00%
1883 \$32.93 -0.98%
1884 \$31.96 -2.97%
1885 \$31.63 -1.02%
1886 \$30.65 -3.09%
1887 \$30.98 1.06%
1888 \$30.98 0.00%
1889 \$30.00 -3.16%
1890 \$29.67 -1.09%
1891 \$29.67 0.00%
1892 \$29.67 0.00%
1893 \$29.35 -1.10%
1894 \$28.04 -4.44%
1895 \$27.39 -2.33%
1896 \$27.39 0.00%
1897 \$27.07 -1.19%
1898 \$27.07 0.00%
1899 \$27.07 0.00%
1900 \$27.39 1.20%
1901 \$27.72 1.19%
1902 \$28.04 1.18%
1903 \$28.70 2.33%
1904 \$29.02 1.14%
1905 \$28.70 -1.12%
1906 \$29.35 2.27%
1907 \$30.65 4.44%
1908 \$30.00 -2.13%
1909 \$29.67 -1.09%
1910 \$30.98 4.40%
1911 \$30.98 0.00%
1912 \$31.63 2.11%
1913 \$32.28 2.06%
1914 \$32.61 1.01%
1915 \$32.93 1.00%
1916 \$35.54 7.92%
1917 \$41.74 17.43%
1918 \$49.24 17.97%
1919 \$56.41 14.57%
1920 \$65.22 15.61%
1921 \$58.37 -10.50%
1922 \$54.78 -6.15%
1923 \$55.76 1.79%
1924 \$55.76 0.00%
1925 \$57.07 2.34%
1926 \$57.72 1.14%
1927 \$56.74 -1.69%
1928 \$55.76 -1.72%
1929 \$55.76 0.00%
1930 \$54.46 -2.34%
1931 \$49.57 -8.98%
1932 \$44.67 -9.87%
1933 \$42.39 -5.11%
1934 \$43.70 3.08%
1935 \$44.67 2.24%
1936 \$45.33 1.46%
1937 \$46.96 3.60%
1938 \$45.98 -2.08%
1939 \$45.33 -1.42%
1940 \$45.65 0.72%
1941 \$47.93 5.00%
1942 \$53.15 10.88%
1943 \$56.41 6.13%
1944 \$57.39 1.73%
1945 \$58.70 2.27%
1946 \$63.59 8.33%
1947 \$72.72 14.36%
1948 \$78.59 8.07%
1949 \$77.61 -1.24%
1950 \$78.59 1.26%
1951 \$84.78 7.88%
1952 \$86.41 1.92%
1953 \$87.07 0.75%
1954 \$87.72 0.75%
1955 \$87.39 -0.37%
1956 \$88.70 1.49%
1957 \$91.63 3.31%
1958 \$94.24 2.85%
1959 \$94.89 0.69%
1960 \$96.52 1.72%
1961 \$97.50 1.01%
1962 \$98.48 1.00%
1963 \$99.78 1.32%
1964 \$101.09 1.31%
1965 \$102.72 1.61%
1966 \$105.65 2.86%
1967 \$108.91 3.09%
1968 \$113.48 4.19%
1969 \$119.67 5.46%
1970 \$126.52 5.72%
1971 \$132.07 4.38%
1972 \$136.30 3.21%
1973 \$144.78 6.22%
1974 \$160.76 11.04%
1975 \$175.43 9.13%
1976 \$185.54 5.76%
1977 \$197.61 6.50%
1978 \$212.61 7.59%
1979 \$236.74 11.35%
1980 \$268.70 13.50%
1981 \$296.41 10.32%
1982 \$314.67 6.16%
1983 \$324.78 3.21%
1984 \$338.80 4.32%
1985 \$350.87 3.56%
1986 \$357.39 1.86%
1987 \$370.43 3.65%
1988 \$385.76 4.14%
1989 \$404.35 4.82%
1990 \$426.20 5.40%
1991 \$444.13 4.21%
1992 \$457.50 3.01%
1993 \$471.20 2.99%
1994 \$483.26 2.56%
1995 \$496.96 2.83%
1996 \$511.63 2.95%
1997 \$523.37 2.29%
1998 \$531.52 1.56%
1999 \$543.26 2.21%
2000 \$561.52 3.36%
2001 \$577.50 2.85%
2002 \$586.63 1.58%
2003 \$600.00 2.28%
2004 \$615.98 2.66%
2005 \$636.85 3.39%
2006 \$657.39 3.23%
2007 \$676.12 2.85%
2008 \$702.08 3.84%
2009 \$699.58 -0.36%
2010 \$711.05 1.64%
2011 \$733.50 3.16%
2012 \$748.68 2.07%
2013 \$759.64 1.46%
2014 \$771.97 1.62%
2015 \$772.88 0.12%
2016 \$782.63 1.26%
2017 \$799.30 2.13%
2018 \$819.23 2.49%
2019 \$833.67 1.76%
2020 \$849.09 1.85%*
* 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 1830 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 2,730.30% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar today
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1830 \$28.30 dollars today
\$5 dollars in 1830 \$141.52 dollars today
\$10 dollars in 1830 \$283.03 dollars today
\$50 dollars in 1830 \$1,415.15 dollars today
\$100 dollars in 1830 \$2,830.30 dollars today
\$500 dollars in 1830 \$14,151.52 dollars today
\$1,000 dollars in 1830 \$28,303.04 dollars today
\$5,000 dollars in 1830 \$141,515.22 dollars today
\$10,000 dollars in 1830 \$283,030.43 dollars today
\$50,000 dollars in 1830 \$1,415,152.17 dollars today
\$100,000 dollars in 1830 \$2,830,304.35 dollars today
\$500,000 dollars in 1830 \$14,151,521.74 dollars today
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1830 \$28,303,043.48 dollars today

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £30.00 in 1830 would be equivalent to £3,449.22 in 2020, an absolute change of £3,419.22 and a cumulative change of 11,397.41%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$819.09 and total percent change of 2,730.30%.

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 1830 and 2020.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.78% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$30 in 1830 → 2020
Food and beverages 3.90 143,961.92 43,218.58
Housing 4.19 244,157.31 73,277.19
Apparel 1.96 3,878.01 1,193.40
Transportation 3.17 37,262.43 11,208.73
Medical care 5.12 1,319,892.46 395,997.74
Recreation 1.10 699.20 239.76
Education and communication 1.84 3,112.71 963.81
Other goods and services 4.98 1,032,060.55 309,648.17

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 1830. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$30 since 1830

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1830 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1830
×
1830 USD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.2 in the year 1830 and 260.388 in 2020:

260.3889.2
×
\$30
=
\$849.09

\$30 in 1830 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$849.09 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 190 years between 1830 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1830CPI in 1830
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (190 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

260.388 - 9.29.2
×
100
=
2,730%

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

• The Republic of Ecuador is founded.,Juan Jose Flores is its first president.
• U.S. Congress authorizes the mass removal of native Indians from the eastern states to the western prairie.
• France begins colonization in Algeria.
• The US Railroad opens its first station in Baltimore

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “\$30 in 1830 → 2020 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Nov. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1830?amount=30&endYear=2020.

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