$100 in 1850 → $3,072.30 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1850-2018 ($100)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year. Prices in 2018 are 2972.3% higher than prices in 1850.

In other words, $100 in the year 1850 is equivalent in purchasing power to $3,072.30 in 2018, a difference of $2,972.30 over 168 years.

Compared to last year's annual rate, the inflation rate in 2018 is now 1.95%1. If this number holds, $100 today would be equivalent to $101.95 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

Inflation from 1850 to 2018
Cumulative price change 2972.30%
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Price difference ($100 base) $2,972.30
CPI in 2018 249.554

U.S. inflation chart since 1665

Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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News headlines from 1850

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

  • The first National Women's Rights Convention takes place in Wocester, Massachusetts.
  • The California Exchange is opened.
  • Britain blockades Piraeus, a Greek port.
  • The HMS Investigator sets sail from Woolwich, England, becoming the first ship to explore the Northwest Passage.

Inflation Data Source

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: “$100 in 1850 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1850-dollars?amount=100.

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