$100,000 in 1927 is worth $173,563.22 in 1962

Value of $100,000 from 1927 to 1962

$100,000 in 1927 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $173,563.22 in 1962, an increase of $73,563.22 over 35 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 1.59% per year between 1927 and 1962, producing a cumulative price increase of 73.56%.

This means that prices in 1962 are 1.74 times higher than average prices since 1927, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1927 was -1.69%. The inflation rate in 1962 was 1.00%. The 1962 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.86% per year between 1962 and 2022.


Inflation from 1927 to 1962
Cumulative price change 73.56%
Average inflation rate 1.59%
Converted amount ($100,000 base) $173,563.22
Price difference ($100,000 base) $73,563.22
CPI in 1927 17.400
CPI in 1962 30.200
Inflation in 1927 -1.69%
Inflation in 1962 1.00%
$100,000 in 1927 $173,563.22 in 1962

USD inflation since 1927
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $100,000 in 1927

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100,000 in 1927 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $100,000, you would need to end with $173,563.22 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100,000 is equivalent to $173,563.22 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 1927 dollars, the chart below shows how $100,000 is worth less over 35 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: 1927-1962
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1927 $100,000.00 -1.69%
1928 $98,275.86 -1.72%
1929 $98,275.86 0.00%
1930 $95,977.01 -2.34%
1931 $87,356.32 -8.98%
1932 $78,735.63 -9.87%
1933 $74,712.64 -5.11%
1934 $77,011.49 3.08%
1935 $78,735.63 2.24%
1936 $79,885.06 1.46%
1937 $82,758.62 3.60%
1938 $81,034.48 -2.08%
1939 $79,885.06 -1.42%
1940 $80,459.77 0.72%
1941 $84,482.76 5.00%
1942 $93,678.16 10.88%
1943 $99,425.29 6.13%
1944 $101,149.43 1.73%
1945 $103,448.28 2.27%
1946 $112,068.97 8.33%
1947 $128,160.92 14.36%
1948 $138,505.75 8.07%
1949 $136,781.61 -1.24%
1950 $138,505.75 1.26%
1951 $149,425.29 7.88%
1952 $152,298.85 1.92%
1953 $153,448.28 0.75%
1954 $154,597.70 0.75%
1955 $154,022.99 -0.37%
1956 $156,321.84 1.49%
1957 $161,494.25 3.31%
1958 $166,091.95 2.85%
1959 $167,241.38 0.69%
1960 $170,114.94 1.72%
1961 $171,839.08 1.01%
1962 $173,563.22 1.00%
1963 $175,862.07 1.32%
1964 $178,160.92 1.31%
1965 $181,034.48 1.61%
1966 $186,206.90 2.86%
1967 $191,954.02 3.09%
1968 $200,000.00 4.19%
1969 $210,919.54 5.46%
1970 $222,988.51 5.72%
1971 $232,758.62 4.38%
1972 $240,229.89 3.21%
1973 $255,172.41 6.22%
1974 $283,333.33 11.04%
1975 $309,195.40 9.13%
1976 $327,011.49 5.76%
1977 $348,275.86 6.50%
1978 $374,712.64 7.59%
1979 $417,241.38 11.35%
1980 $473,563.22 13.50%
1981 $522,413.79 10.32%
1982 $554,597.70 6.16%
1983 $572,413.79 3.21%
1984 $597,126.44 4.32%
1985 $618,390.80 3.56%
1986 $629,885.06 1.86%
1987 $652,873.56 3.65%
1988 $679,885.06 4.14%
1989 $712,643.68 4.82%
1990 $751,149.43 5.40%
1991 $782,758.62 4.21%
1992 $806,321.84 3.01%
1993 $830,459.77 2.99%
1994 $851,724.14 2.56%
1995 $875,862.07 2.83%
1996 $901,724.14 2.95%
1997 $922,413.79 2.29%
1998 $936,781.61 1.56%
1999 $957,471.26 2.21%
2000 $989,655.17 3.36%
2001 $1,017,816.09 2.85%
2002 $1,033,908.05 1.58%
2003 $1,057,471.26 2.28%
2004 $1,085,632.18 2.66%
2005 $1,122,413.79 3.39%
2006 $1,158,620.69 3.23%
2007 $1,191,620.69 2.85%
2008 $1,237,373.56 3.84%
2009 $1,232,971.26 -0.36%
2010 $1,253,195.40 1.64%
2011 $1,292,752.87 3.16%
2012 $1,319,505.75 2.07%
2013 $1,338,833.33 1.46%
2014 $1,360,551.72 1.62%
2015 $1,362,166.67 0.12%
2016 $1,379,350.57 1.26%
2017 $1,408,735.63 2.13%
2018 $1,443,850.57 2.49%
2019 $1,469,295.98 1.76%
2020 $1,487,423.37 1.23%
2021 $1,557,299.81 4.70%
2022 $1,679,862.07 7.87%*
* 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 1927 amounts in 1962 dollars, based on the 73.56% change in prices:

Conversion: 1927 dollars in 1962
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1927 $1.74 dollars in 1962
$5 dollars in 1927 $8.68 dollars in 1962
$10 dollars in 1927 $17.36 dollars in 1962
$50 dollars in 1927 $86.78 dollars in 1962
$100 dollars in 1927 $173.56 dollars in 1962
$500 dollars in 1927 $867.82 dollars in 1962
$1,000 dollars in 1927 $1,735.63 dollars in 1962
$5,000 dollars in 1927 $8,678.16 dollars in 1962
$10,000 dollars in 1927 $17,356.32 dollars in 1962
$50,000 dollars in 1927 $86,781.61 dollars in 1962
$100,000 dollars in 1927 $173,563.22 dollars in 1962
$500,000 dollars in 1927 $867,816.09 dollars in 1962
$1,000,000 dollars in 1927 $1,735,632.18 dollars in 1962

Inflation by City

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1927 to 1962 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $100,000):

  • San Francisco, California: 1.94% average rate, $100,000 → $195,664.26, cumulative change of 95.66%
  • Seattle, Washington: 1.84% average rate, $100,000 → $188,977.21, cumulative change of 88.98%
  • Houston, Texas: 1.69% average rate, $100,000 → $179,894.74, cumulative change of 79.89%
  • New York: 1.55% average rate, $100,000 → $171,329.64, cumulative change of 71.33%
  • Boston, Massachusetts: 1.53% average rate, $100,000 → $170,322.58, cumulative change of 70.32%
  • Chicago, Illinois: 1.51% average rate, $100,000 → $168,872.66, cumulative change of 68.87%
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 1.49% average rate, $100,000 → $168,043.09, cumulative change of 68.04%
  • Atlanta, Georgia: 1.49% average rate, $100,000 → $167,597.77, cumulative change of 67.60%
  • Detroit, Michigan: 1.44% average rate, $100,000 → $164,708.58, cumulative change of 64.71%

San Francisco, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 35 years between 1927 and 1962 (1.94%).

Detroit, Michigan experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 35 years between 1927 and 1962 (1.44%).

Note that some locations showing 0% inflation may have not yet reported latest data.


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100,000.00 in 1927 would be equivalent to £294,444.44 in 1962, an absolute change of £194,444.44 and a cumulative change of 194.44%.

In Canada, CA$100,000.00 in 1927 would be equivalent to CA$175,000.00 in 1962, an absolute change of CA$75,000.00 and a cumulative change of 75.00%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $73,563.22 and total percent change of 73.56%.


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 1927 and 1962.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.59% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100,000 in 1927 → 1962
Food and beverages 0.00 0.00 100,000.00
Housing 0.00 0.00 100,000.00
Apparel 1.75 83.31 183,306.27
Transportation 2.90 172.30 272,302.37
Medical care 3.14 195.53 295,530.40
Recreation 0.00 0.00 100,000.00
Education and communication 0.00 0.00 100,000.00
Other goods and services 0.00 0.00 100,000.00

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 1927. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to calculate inflation rate for $100,000, 1927 to 1962

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1927 and 1962:

CPI in 1962 CPI in 1927
×
1927 USD value
=
1962 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 17.4 in the year 1927 and 30.2 in 1962:

30.217.4
×
$100,000
=
$173,563.22

$100,000 in 1927 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $173,563.22 in 1962.

To get the total inflation rate for the 35 years between 1927 and 1962, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1962 - CPI in 1927CPI in 1927
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (35 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

30.2 - 17.417.4
×
100
=
74%

Comparison to S&P 500 Index

The average inflation rate of 1.59% has a compounding effect between 1927 and 1962. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate compounds to produce an overall price difference of 73.56% over 35 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $100,000 in the S&P 500 index in 1927, our investment would be nominally worth approximately $3,003,529.29 in 1962. This is a return on investment of 2,903.53%, with an absolute return of $2,903,529.29 on top of the original $100,000.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered nominal. In order to evaluate the real return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 42.38% of returns ($1,273,019.04) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted real return of our $100,000 investment is $1,630,510.25. You may also want to account for capital gains tax, which would take your real return down to around $1,385,934 for most people.

Investment in S&P 500 Index, 1927-1962
Original Amount Final Amount Change
Nominal $100,000 $3,003,529.29 2,903.53%
Real
Inflation Adjusted
$100,000 $1,730,510.25 1,630.51%

Information displayed above may differ slightly from other S&P 500 calculators. Minor discrepancies can occur because we use the latest CPI data for inflation, annualized inflation numbers for previous years, and we compute S&P price and dividends from January of 1927 to latest available data for 1962 using average monthly close price.

For more details on the S&P 500 between 1927 and 1962, see the stock market returns calculator.


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: “$100,000 in 1927 → 1962 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 26 Jun. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1927?endYear=1962&amount=100000.

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 1927 to 1962
Cumulative price change 73.56%
Average inflation rate 1.59%
Converted amount ($100,000 base) $173,563.22
Price difference ($100,000 base) $73,563.22
CPI in 1927 17.400
CPI in 1962 30.200
Inflation in 1927 -1.69%
Inflation in 1962 1.00%
$100,000 in 1927 $173,563.22 in 1962