# \$15,000 in 1850 → \$464,605.37 in 2018

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### U.S. Inflation Rate, \$15,000 in 1850 to 2018

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 2997.4% higher than prices in 1850.

In other words, \$15,000 in 1850 is equivalent in purchasing power to \$464,605.37 in 2018, a difference of \$449,605.37 over 168 years.

The current inflation rate is now 2.80%1. If this number holds, \$15,000 today will be equivalent to \$15,420.15 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

 Cumulative price change 2997.37% Average inflation rate 2.06% Converted amount (\$15,000 base) \$464,605.37 Price difference (\$15,000 base) \$449,605.37 CPI in 2018 251.59

The above data describe the CPI for all items. Also of note is U.S. "Core Inflation," which measures the CPI for all items except for the more volatile categories of food and energy. Core inflation averaged NaN% per year between 1850 and 2018. In 1850, core inflation was 0.00%.

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### Buying power of \$15,000 since 1850

Below are calculations of buying power over time for \$15,000 in 1850 (price index tracking began in 1913). Each of these USD amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1850 \$15,000.00 -
1851 \$14,651.16 -2.33%
1852 \$15,000.00 2.38%
1853 \$15,000.00 0.00%
1854 \$16,395.35 9.30%
1855 \$16,744.19 2.13%
1856 \$16,395.35 -2.08%
1857 \$16,744.19 2.13%
1858 \$16,046.51 -4.17%
1859 \$16,046.51 0.00%
1860 \$16,046.51 0.00%
1861 \$17,093.02 6.52%
1862 \$19,534.88 14.29%
1863 \$24,069.77 23.21%
1864 \$30,348.84 26.09%
1865 \$31,395.35 3.45%
1866 \$30,697.67 -2.22%
1867 \$28,604.65 -6.82%
1868 \$27,209.30 -4.88%
1869 \$26,162.79 -3.85%
1870 \$25,116.28 -4.00%
1871 \$23,372.09 -6.94%
1872 \$23,372.09 0.00%
1873 \$23,023.26 -1.49%
1874 \$21,976.74 -4.55%
1875 \$20,930.23 -4.76%
1876 \$20,581.40 -1.67%
1877 \$20,232.56 -1.69%
1878 \$19,186.05 -5.17%
1879 \$19,186.05 0.00%
1880 \$19,883.72 3.64%
1881 \$19,883.72 0.00%
1882 \$19,883.72 0.00%
1883 \$19,534.88 -1.75%
1884 \$18,837.21 -3.57%
1885 \$18,488.37 -1.85%
1886 \$18,139.53 -1.89%
1887 \$18,139.53 0.00%
1888 \$18,139.53 0.00%
1889 \$17,790.70 -1.92%
1890 \$17,441.86 -1.96%
1891 \$17,441.86 0.00%
1892 \$17,441.86 0.00%
1893 \$17,441.86 0.00%
1894 \$16,395.35 -6.00%
1895 \$16,395.35 0.00%
1896 \$16,395.35 0.00%
1897 \$16,046.51 -2.13%
1898 \$16,046.51 0.00%
1899 \$16,046.51 0.00%
1900 \$16,395.35 2.17%
1901 \$16,395.35 0.00%
1902 \$16,395.35 0.00%
1903 \$17,093.02 4.26%
1904 \$17,093.02 0.00%
1905 \$17,093.02 0.00%
1906 \$17,441.86 2.04%
1907 \$18,139.53 4.00%
1908 \$17,790.70 -1.92%
1909 \$17,441.86 -1.96%
1910 \$18,139.53 4.00%
1911 \$18,139.53 0.00%
1912 \$18,488.37 1.92%
1913 \$18,282.10 -1.12%
1914 \$18,466.77 1.01%
1915 \$18,651.43 1.00%
1916 \$20,128.77 7.92%
1917 \$23,637.46 17.43%
1918 \$27,884.82 17.97%
1919 \$31,947.51 14.57%
1920 \$36,933.53 15.61%
1921 \$33,055.51 -10.50%
1922 \$31,024.17 -6.15%
1923 \$31,578.17 1.79%
1924 \$31,578.17 0.00%
1925 \$32,316.84 2.34%
1926 \$32,686.18 1.14%
1927 \$32,132.17 -1.69%
1928 \$31,578.17 -1.72%
1929 \$31,578.17 0.00%
1930 \$30,839.50 -2.34%
1931 \$28,069.48 -8.98%
1932 \$25,299.47 -9.87%
1933 \$24,006.80 -5.11%
1934 \$24,745.47 3.08%
1935 \$25,299.47 2.24%
1936 \$25,668.80 1.46%
1937 \$26,592.14 3.60%
1938 \$26,038.14 -2.08%
1939 \$25,668.80 -1.42%
1940 \$25,853.47 0.72%
1941 \$27,146.15 5.00%
1942 \$30,100.83 10.88%
1943 \$31,947.51 6.13%
1944 \$32,501.51 1.73%
1945 \$33,240.18 2.27%
1946 \$36,010.19 8.33%
1947 \$41,180.89 14.36%
1948 \$44,504.91 8.07%
1949 \$43,950.90 -1.24%
1950 \$44,504.91 1.26%
1951 \$48,013.59 7.88%
1952 \$48,936.93 1.92%
1953 \$49,306.27 0.75%
1954 \$49,675.60 0.75%
1955 \$49,490.93 -0.37%
1956 \$50,229.60 1.49%
1957 \$51,891.61 3.31%
1958 \$53,368.95 2.85%
1959 \$53,738.29 0.69%
1960 \$54,661.63 1.72%
1961 \$55,215.63 1.01%
1962 \$55,769.63 1.00%
1963 \$56,508.30 1.32%
1964 \$57,246.97 1.31%
1965 \$58,170.31 1.61%
1966 \$59,832.32 2.86%
1967 \$61,679.00 3.09%
1968 \$64,264.35 4.19%
1969 \$67,773.03 5.46%
1970 \$71,651.05 5.72%
1971 \$74,790.40 4.38%
1972 \$77,191.08 3.21%
1973 \$81,992.44 6.22%
1974 \$91,041.16 11.04%
1975 \$99,351.20 9.13%
1976 \$105,075.90 5.76%
1977 \$111,908.60 6.50%
1978 \$120,403.31 7.59%
1979 \$134,068.72 11.35%
1980 \$152,166.15 13.50%
1981 \$167,862.90 10.32%
1982 \$178,204.29 6.16%
1983 \$183,928.99 3.21%
1984 \$191,869.70 4.32%
1985 \$198,702.40 3.56%
1986 \$202,395.76 1.86%
1987 \$209,782.46 3.65%
1988 \$218,461.84 4.14%
1989 \$228,987.90 4.82%
1990 \$241,360.63 5.40%
1991 \$251,517.35 4.21%
1992 \$259,088.73 3.01%
1993 \$266,844.77 2.99%
1994 \$273,677.47 2.56%
1995 \$281,433.51 2.83%
1996 \$289,743.56 2.95%
1997 \$296,391.59 2.29%
1998 \$301,008.29 1.56%
1999 \$307,656.32 2.21%
2000 \$317,997.71 3.36%
2001 \$327,046.43 2.85%
2002 \$332,217.12 1.58%
2003 \$339,788.49 2.28%
2004 \$348,837.21 2.66%
2005 \$360,655.94 3.39%
2006 \$372,290.00 3.23%
2007 \$382,893.62 2.85%
2008 \$397,595.01 3.84%
2009 \$396,180.46 -0.36%
2010 \$402,678.91 1.64%
2011 \$415,389.59 3.16%
2012 \$423,985.87 2.07%
2013 \$430,196.24 1.46%
2014 \$437,174.83 1.62%
2015 \$437,693.75 0.12%
2016 \$443,215.31 1.26%
2017 \$452,040.58 1.99%
2018 \$464,605.37 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.