$25,000 in 1789 → $713,371.69 in 2018

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$25,000 in 1789 → $713,371.69 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $25,000 in 1789 to 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2018 are 2,753.49% higher than average prices throughout 1789. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.47% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, $25,000 in 1789 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $713,371.69 in 2018, a difference of $688,371.69 over 229 years.

The 1789 inflation rate was -1.12%. The inflation rate in 2018 was 2.44%. The 2018 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.18% per year between 2018 and 2019.


Inflation from 1789 to 2018
Cumulative price change 2,753.49%
Average inflation rate 1.47%
Converted amount ($25,000 base) $713,371.69
Price difference ($25,000 base) $688,371.69
CPI in 1789 8.800
CPI in 2018 251.107
Inflation in 1789 -1.12%
Inflation in 2018 2.44%

U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Buying power of $25,000 in 1789

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for $25,000 in 1789 (price index tracking began in 1635).

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:

Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1789 $25,000.00 -1.12%
1790 $26,136.36 4.55%
1791 $26,704.55 2.17%
1792 $27,272.73 2.13%
1793 $28,125.00 3.13%
1794 $31,250.00 11.11%
1795 $35,795.45 14.55%
1796 $37,500.00 4.76%
1797 $36,079.55 -3.79%
1798 $34,943.18 -3.15%
1799 $34,943.18 0.00%
1800 $35,795.45 2.44%
1801 $36,079.55 0.79%
1802 $30,397.73 -15.75%
1803 $32,102.27 5.61%
1804 $33,522.73 4.42%
1805 $33,238.64 -0.85%
1806 $34,659.09 4.27%
1807 $32,954.55 -4.92%
1808 $35,795.45 8.62%
1809 $34,943.18 -2.38%
1810 $34,943.18 0.00%
1811 $37,215.91 6.50%
1812 $37,784.09 1.53%
1813 $45,454.55 20.30%
1814 $50,000.00 10.00%
1815 $43,750.00 -12.50%
1816 $40,056.82 -8.44%
1817 $37,784.09 -5.67%
1818 $36,079.55 -4.51%
1819 $36,079.55 0.00%
1820 $33,238.64 -7.87%
1821 $32,102.27 -3.42%
1822 $33,238.64 3.54%
1823 $29,829.55 -10.26%
1824 $27,556.82 -7.62%
1825 $28,125.00 2.06%
1826 $28,125.00 0.00%
1827 $28,409.09 1.01%
1828 $26,988.64 -5.00%
1829 $26,420.45 -2.11%
1830 $26,136.36 -1.08%
1831 $24,715.91 -5.43%
1832 $24,431.82 -1.15%
1833 $23,863.64 -2.33%
1834 $24,431.82 2.38%
1835 $25,000.00 2.33%
1836 $26,420.45 5.68%
1837 $27,272.73 3.23%
1838 $26,420.45 -3.12%
1839 $26,420.45 0.00%
1840 $24,715.91 -6.45%
1841 $24,715.91 0.00%
1842 $23,295.45 -5.75%
1843 $21,022.73 -9.76%
1844 $21,306.82 1.35%
1845 $21,590.91 1.33%
1846 $21,875.00 1.32%
1847 $23,295.45 6.49%
1848 $22,443.18 -3.66%
1849 $21,875.00 -2.53%
1850 $22,159.09 1.30%
1851 $21,875.00 -1.28%
1852 $21,875.00 0.00%
1853 $21,875.00 0.00%
1854 $23,863.64 9.09%
1855 $24,715.91 3.57%
1856 $24,147.73 -2.30%
1857 $24,715.91 2.35%
1858 $23,295.45 -5.75%
1859 $23,579.55 1.22%
1860 $23,579.55 0.00%
1861 $25,000.00 6.02%
1862 $28,693.18 14.77%
1863 $35,795.45 24.75%
1864 $44,602.27 24.60%
1865 $46,306.82 3.82%
1866 $45,170.45 -2.45%
1867 $42,045.45 -6.92%
1868 $40,340.91 -4.05%
1869 $38,636.36 -4.23%
1870 $37,215.91 -3.68%
1871 $34,659.09 -6.87%
1872 $34,659.09 0.00%
1873 $34,090.91 -1.64%
1874 $32,386.36 -5.00%
1875 $31,250.00 -3.51%
1876 $30,397.73 -2.73%
1877 $29,829.55 -1.87%
1878 $28,409.09 -4.76%
1879 $28,409.09 0.00%
1880 $28,977.27 2.00%
1881 $28,977.27 0.00%
1882 $28,977.27 0.00%
1883 $28,693.18 -0.98%
1884 $27,840.91 -2.97%
1885 $27,556.82 -1.02%
1886 $26,704.55 -3.09%
1887 $26,988.64 1.06%
1888 $26,988.64 0.00%
1889 $26,136.36 -3.16%
1890 $25,852.27 -1.09%
1891 $25,852.27 0.00%
1892 $25,852.27 0.00%
1893 $25,568.18 -1.10%
1894 $24,431.82 -4.44%
1895 $23,863.64 -2.33%
1896 $23,863.64 0.00%
1897 $23,579.55 -1.19%
1898 $23,579.55 0.00%
1899 $23,579.55 0.00%
1900 $23,863.64 1.20%
1901 $24,147.73 1.19%
1902 $24,431.82 1.18%
1903 $25,000.00 2.33%
1904 $25,284.09 1.14%
1905 $25,000.00 -1.12%
1906 $25,568.18 2.27%
1907 $26,704.55 4.44%
1908 $26,136.36 -2.13%
1909 $25,852.27 -1.09%
1910 $26,988.64 4.40%
1911 $26,988.64 0.00%
1912 $27,556.82 2.11%
1913 $28,125.00 2.06%
1914 $28,409.09 1.01%
1915 $28,693.18 1.00%
1916 $30,965.91 7.92%
1917 $36,363.64 17.43%
1918 $42,897.73 17.97%
1919 $49,147.73 14.57%
1920 $56,818.18 15.61%
1921 $50,852.27 -10.50%
1922 $47,727.27 -6.15%
1923 $48,579.55 1.79%
1924 $48,579.55 0.00%
1925 $49,715.91 2.34%
1926 $50,284.09 1.14%
1927 $49,431.82 -1.69%
1928 $48,579.55 -1.72%
1929 $48,579.55 0.00%
1930 $47,443.18 -2.34%
1931 $43,181.82 -8.98%
1932 $38,920.45 -9.87%
1933 $36,931.82 -5.11%
1934 $38,068.18 3.08%
1935 $38,920.45 2.24%
1936 $39,488.64 1.46%
1937 $40,909.09 3.60%
1938 $40,056.82 -2.08%
1939 $39,488.64 -1.42%
1940 $39,772.73 0.72%
1941 $41,761.36 5.00%
1942 $46,306.82 10.88%
1943 $49,147.73 6.13%
1944 $50,000.00 1.73%
1945 $51,136.36 2.27%
1946 $55,397.73 8.33%
1947 $63,352.27 14.36%
1948 $68,465.91 8.07%
1949 $67,613.64 -1.24%
1950 $68,465.91 1.26%
1951 $73,863.64 7.88%
1952 $75,284.09 1.92%
1953 $75,852.27 0.75%
1954 $76,420.45 0.75%
1955 $76,136.36 -0.37%
1956 $77,272.73 1.49%
1957 $79,829.55 3.31%
1958 $82,102.27 2.85%
1959 $82,670.45 0.69%
1960 $84,090.91 1.72%
1961 $84,943.18 1.01%
1962 $85,795.45 1.00%
1963 $86,931.82 1.32%
1964 $88,068.18 1.31%
1965 $89,488.64 1.61%
1966 $92,045.45 2.86%
1967 $94,886.36 3.09%
1968 $98,863.64 4.19%
1969 $104,261.36 5.46%
1970 $110,227.27 5.72%
1971 $115,056.82 4.38%
1972 $118,750.00 3.21%
1973 $126,136.36 6.22%
1974 $140,056.82 11.04%
1975 $152,840.91 9.13%
1976 $161,647.73 5.76%
1977 $172,159.09 6.50%
1978 $185,227.27 7.59%
1979 $206,250.00 11.35%
1980 $234,090.91 13.50%
1981 $258,238.64 10.32%
1982 $274,147.73 6.16%
1983 $282,954.55 3.21%
1984 $295,170.45 4.32%
1985 $305,681.82 3.56%
1986 $311,363.64 1.86%
1987 $322,727.27 3.65%
1988 $336,079.55 4.14%
1989 $352,272.73 4.82%
1990 $371,306.82 5.40%
1991 $386,931.82 4.21%
1992 $398,579.55 3.01%
1993 $410,511.36 2.99%
1994 $421,022.73 2.56%
1995 $432,954.55 2.83%
1996 $445,738.64 2.95%
1997 $455,965.91 2.29%
1998 $463,068.18 1.56%
1999 $473,295.45 2.21%
2000 $489,204.55 3.36%
2001 $503,125.00 2.85%
2002 $511,079.55 1.58%
2003 $522,727.27 2.28%
2004 $536,647.73 2.66%
2005 $554,829.55 3.39%
2006 $572,727.27 3.23%
2007 $589,039.77 2.85%
2008 $611,656.25 3.84%
2009 $609,480.11 -0.36%
2010 $619,477.27 1.64%
2011 $639,031.25 3.16%
2012 $652,255.68 2.07%
2013 $661,809.66 1.46%
2014 $672,545.45 1.62%
2015 $673,343.75 0.12%
2016 $681,838.07 1.26%
2017 $696,363.64 2.13%
2018 $713,371.69 2.44%
2019 $728,894.89 2.18%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £25,000.00 in 1789 would be equivalent to £3,721,599.16 in 2018, an absolute change of £3,696,599.16 and a cumulative change of 14,786.40%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $688,371.69 and total percent change of 2,753.49%.


Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1789 and 2018.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.47% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $25,000 in 1789 → 2018
Food 3.13 117,265.51 29,341,376.59
Shelter 4.11 1,006,173.32 251,568,330.87
Energy 3.89 620,104.54 155,051,134.86
Apparel 2.05 10,360.28 2,615,068.76
New vehicles 1.05 988.11 272,026.76
Used cars and trucks 0.61 303.41 100,852.99
Transportation services 4.06 914,454.79 228,638,697.32
Medical care services 5.11 9,043,233.70 2,260,833,425.47
Medical care commodities 3.04 95,560.33 23,915,083.55

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1789. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $25,000, 1789 to 2018

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018CPI in 1789
×
1789 USD value
=
2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.8 in the year 1789 and 251.10683333333 in 2018:

251.106833333338.8
×
$25,000
=
$713,371.69

$25,000 in 1789 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $713,371.69 in 2018.

To get the total inflation rate for the 229 years between 1789 and 2018, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2018 - CPI in 1789CPI in 1789
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (229 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

251.10683333333 - 8.88.8
×
100
=
2,753%

News headlines from 1789

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

  • George Washington is elected President and John Adams is elected Vice-President by the first US Electoral College.
  • William Wilberforce proposes the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom House of Commons.
  • The fall of the Bastille Prison marks the beginning of the French Revolution

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: “$25,000 in 1789 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Aug. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1789-dollars-in-2018?amount=25000.

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Inflation from 1789 to 2018
Cumulative price change 2,753.49%
Average inflation rate 1.47%
Converted amount ($25,000 base) $713,371.69
Price difference ($25,000 base) $688,371.69
CPI in 1789 8.800
CPI in 2018 251.107
Inflation in 1789 -1.12%
Inflation in 2018 2.44%
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