$1 in 2012 is worth $0.04 in 1913

Value of $1 from 2012 to 1913

$1 in 2012 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $0.04 in 1913, an increase of $-0.96 over 99 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.23% per year between 1913 and 2012, producing a cumulative price increase of -95.69%.

This means that prices in 1913 are 95.69% lower than average prices since 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1913 inflation rate was 2.06%. The inflation rate in 2012 was 2.07%. The 2012 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.89% per year between 2012 and 2021.


Inflation from 2012 to 1913
Cumulative price change -95.69%
Average inflation rate 3.23%
Converted amount ($1 base) $0.04
Price difference ($1 base) $-0.96
CPI in 2012 229.594
CPI in 1913 9.900
Inflation in 1913 2.06%
Inflation in 2012 2.07%
$1 in 2012 $0.04 in 1913

USD Inflation since 1913
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $1 in 1913

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1 in 1913 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $1, you would need to end with $0.04 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $1 is equivalent to $0.04 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 1913 dollars, the chart below shows how $1 is worth less over 99 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: 1913-2012
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1913 $1.00 2.06%
1914 $1.01 1.01%
1915 $1.02 1.00%
1916 $1.10 7.92%
1917 $1.29 17.43%
1918 $1.53 17.97%
1919 $1.75 14.57%
1920 $2.02 15.61%
1921 $1.81 -10.50%
1922 $1.70 -6.15%
1923 $1.73 1.79%
1924 $1.73 0.00%
1925 $1.77 2.34%
1926 $1.79 1.14%
1927 $1.76 -1.69%
1928 $1.73 -1.72%
1929 $1.73 0.00%
1930 $1.69 -2.34%
1931 $1.54 -8.98%
1932 $1.38 -9.87%
1933 $1.31 -5.11%
1934 $1.35 3.08%
1935 $1.38 2.24%
1936 $1.40 1.46%
1937 $1.45 3.60%
1938 $1.42 -2.08%
1939 $1.40 -1.42%
1940 $1.41 0.72%
1941 $1.48 5.00%
1942 $1.65 10.88%
1943 $1.75 6.13%
1944 $1.78 1.73%
1945 $1.82 2.27%
1946 $1.97 8.33%
1947 $2.25 14.36%
1948 $2.43 8.07%
1949 $2.40 -1.24%
1950 $2.43 1.26%
1951 $2.63 7.88%
1952 $2.68 1.92%
1953 $2.70 0.75%
1954 $2.72 0.75%
1955 $2.71 -0.37%
1956 $2.75 1.49%
1957 $2.84 3.31%
1958 $2.92 2.85%
1959 $2.94 0.69%
1960 $2.99 1.72%
1961 $3.02 1.01%
1962 $3.05 1.00%
1963 $3.09 1.32%
1964 $3.13 1.31%
1965 $3.18 1.61%
1966 $3.27 2.86%
1967 $3.37 3.09%
1968 $3.52 4.19%
1969 $3.71 5.46%
1970 $3.92 5.72%
1971 $4.09 4.38%
1972 $4.22 3.21%
1973 $4.48 6.22%
1974 $4.98 11.04%
1975 $5.43 9.13%
1976 $5.75 5.76%
1977 $6.12 6.50%
1978 $6.59 7.59%
1979 $7.33 11.35%
1980 $8.32 13.50%
1981 $9.18 10.32%
1982 $9.75 6.16%
1983 $10.06 3.21%
1984 $10.49 4.32%
1985 $10.87 3.56%
1986 $11.07 1.86%
1987 $11.47 3.65%
1988 $11.95 4.14%
1989 $12.53 4.82%
1990 $13.20 5.40%
1991 $13.76 4.21%
1992 $14.17 3.01%
1993 $14.60 2.99%
1994 $14.97 2.56%
1995 $15.39 2.83%
1996 $15.85 2.95%
1997 $16.21 2.29%
1998 $16.46 1.56%
1999 $16.83 2.21%
2000 $17.39 3.36%
2001 $17.89 2.85%
2002 $18.17 1.58%
2003 $18.59 2.28%
2004 $19.08 2.66%
2005 $19.73 3.39%
2006 $20.36 3.23%
2007 $20.94 2.85%
2008 $21.75 3.84%
2009 $21.67 -0.36%
2010 $22.03 1.64%
2011 $22.72 3.16%
2012 $23.19 2.07%
2013 $23.53 1.46%
2014 $23.91 1.62%
2015 $23.94 0.12%
2016 $24.24 1.26%
2017 $24.76 2.13%
2018 $25.38 2.49%
2019 $25.82 1.76%
2020 $26.14 1.23%
2021 $27.44 4.98%*
* 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 1913 amounts in 2012 dollars, based on the -95.69% change in prices:

Conversion: 1913 dollars in 2012
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1913 $23.19 dollars in 2012
$5 dollars in 1913 $115.96 dollars in 2012
$10 dollars in 1913 $231.91 dollars in 2012
$50 dollars in 1913 $1,159.57 dollars in 2012
$100 dollars in 1913 $2,319.13 dollars in 2012
$500 dollars in 1913 $11,595.66 dollars in 2012
$1,000 dollars in 1913 $23,191.31 dollars in 2012
$5,000 dollars in 1913 $115,956.57 dollars in 2012
$10,000 dollars in 1913 $231,913.13 dollars in 2012
$50,000 dollars in 1913 $1,159,565.66 dollars in 2012
$100,000 dollars in 1913 $2,319,131.31 dollars in 2012
$500,000 dollars in 1913 $11,595,656.57 dollars in 2012
$1,000,000 dollars in 1913 $23,191,313.13 dollars in 2012

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 2012 would be equivalent to £0.01 in 1913, an absolute change of £-0.99 and a cumulative change of -98.98%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $-0.96 and total percent change of -95.69%.


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 2012 and 1913.

Compare these values to the overall average of 3.23% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $1 in 1913 → 2012
Food and beverages 4.31 6,418.54 65.19
Housing 4.50 7,671.25 77.71
Apparel 2.18 747.41 8.47
Transportation 3.61 3,237.13 33.37
Medical care 4.93 11,627.02 117.27
Recreation 1.24 237.16 3.37
Education and communication 2.38 928.94 10.29
Other goods and services 5.53 20,426.01 205.26

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 2012. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1913 to 2012

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1913 and 2012:

CPI in 1913 CPI in 2012
×
2012 USD value
=
1913 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 229.594 in the year 2012 and 9.9 in 1913:

9.9229.594
×
$1
=
$0.04

$1 in 2012 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $0.04 in 1913.

To get the total inflation rate for the 99 years between 1913 and 2012, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1913 - CPI in 2012CPI in 2012
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (99 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.9 - 229.594229.594
×
100
=
-96%

News headlines from 1913

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

  • Wikileaks discloses 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company.
  • Kim Jong-un is officially appointed as Supreme Leader of North Korea.
  • Ecuador guarantees political asylum to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks.

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: “$1 in 2012 → 1913 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 3 Aug. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/2012?endYear=1913&amount=1.

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 2012 to 1913
Cumulative price change -95.69%
Average inflation rate 3.23%
Converted amount ($1 base) $0.04
Price difference ($1 base) $-0.96
CPI in 2012 229.594
CPI in 1913 9.900
Inflation in 1913 2.06%
Inflation in 2012 2.07%
$1 in 2012 $0.04 in 1913