$200 in 1850 → $6,194.74 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $200 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, $200 in 1850 is equivalent in purchasing power to $6,194.74 in 2018, a difference of $5,994.74 over 168 years.

The current inflation rate is now 2.80%1. If this number holds, $200 today will be equivalent to $205.60 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

Inflation from 1850 to 2018
Cumulative price change 2997.37%
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Converted amount ($200 base) $6,194.74
Price difference ($200 base) $5,994.74
CPI in 2018 251.59


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

S&P 500 price · S&P 500 earnings · Shiller P/E

Here are calculations of buying power over time for $200 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 $200.00 -
1851 $195.35 -2.33%
1852 $200.00 2.38%
1853 $200.00 0.00%
1854 $218.60 9.30%
1855 $223.26 2.13%
1856 $218.60 -2.08%
1857 $223.26 2.13%
1858 $213.95 -4.17%
1859 $213.95 0.00%
1860 $213.95 0.00%
1861 $227.91 6.52%
1862 $260.47 14.29%
1863 $320.93 23.21%
1864 $404.65 26.09%
1865 $418.60 3.45%
1866 $409.30 -2.22%
1867 $381.40 -6.82%
1868 $362.79 -4.88%
1869 $348.84 -3.85%
1870 $334.88 -4.00%
1871 $311.63 -6.94%
1872 $311.63 0.00%
1873 $306.98 -1.49%
1874 $293.02 -4.55%
1875 $279.07 -4.76%
1876 $274.42 -1.67%
1877 $269.77 -1.69%
1878 $255.81 -5.17%
1879 $255.81 0.00%
1880 $265.12 3.64%
1881 $265.12 0.00%
1882 $265.12 0.00%
1883 $260.47 -1.75%
1884 $251.16 -3.57%
1885 $246.51 -1.85%
1886 $241.86 -1.89%
1887 $241.86 0.00%
1888 $241.86 0.00%
1889 $237.21 -1.92%
1890 $232.56 -1.96%
1891 $232.56 0.00%
1892 $232.56 0.00%
1893 $232.56 0.00%
1894 $218.60 -6.00%
1895 $218.60 0.00%
1896 $218.60 0.00%
1897 $213.95 -2.13%
1898 $213.95 0.00%
1899 $213.95 0.00%
1900 $218.60 2.17%
1901 $218.60 0.00%
1902 $218.60 0.00%
1903 $227.91 4.26%
1904 $227.91 0.00%
1905 $227.91 0.00%
1906 $232.56 2.04%
1907 $241.86 4.00%
1908 $237.21 -1.92%
1909 $232.56 -1.96%
1910 $241.86 4.00%
1911 $241.86 0.00%
1912 $246.51 1.92%
1913 $243.76 -1.12%
1914 $246.22 1.01%
1915 $248.69 1.00%
1916 $268.38 7.92%
1917 $315.17 17.43%
1918 $371.80 17.97%
1919 $425.97 14.57%
1920 $492.45 15.61%
1921 $440.74 -10.50%
1922 $413.66 -6.15%
1923 $421.04 1.79%
1924 $421.04 0.00%
1925 $430.89 2.34%
1926 $435.82 1.14%
1927 $428.43 -1.69%
1928 $421.04 -1.72%
1929 $421.04 0.00%
1930 $411.19 -2.34%
1931 $374.26 -8.98%
1932 $337.33 -9.87%
1933 $320.09 -5.11%
1934 $329.94 3.08%
1935 $337.33 2.24%
1936 $342.25 1.46%
1937 $354.56 3.60%
1938 $347.18 -2.08%
1939 $342.25 -1.42%
1940 $344.71 0.72%
1941 $361.95 5.00%
1942 $401.34 10.88%
1943 $425.97 6.13%
1944 $433.35 1.73%
1945 $443.20 2.27%
1946 $480.14 8.33%
1947 $549.08 14.36%
1948 $593.40 8.07%
1949 $586.01 -1.24%
1950 $593.40 1.26%
1951 $640.18 7.88%
1952 $652.49 1.92%
1953 $657.42 0.75%
1954 $662.34 0.75%
1955 $659.88 -0.37%
1956 $669.73 1.49%
1957 $691.89 3.31%
1958 $711.59 2.85%
1959 $716.51 0.69%
1960 $728.82 1.72%
1961 $736.21 1.01%
1962 $743.60 1.00%
1963 $753.44 1.32%
1964 $763.29 1.31%
1965 $775.60 1.61%
1966 $797.76 2.86%
1967 $822.39 3.09%
1968 $856.86 4.19%
1969 $903.64 5.46%
1970 $955.35 5.72%
1971 $997.21 4.38%
1972 $1,029.21 3.21%
1973 $1,093.23 6.22%
1974 $1,213.88 11.04%
1975 $1,324.68 9.13%
1976 $1,401.01 5.76%
1977 $1,492.11 6.50%
1978 $1,605.38 7.59%
1979 $1,787.58 11.35%
1980 $2,028.88 13.50%
1981 $2,238.17 10.32%
1982 $2,376.06 6.16%
1983 $2,452.39 3.21%
1984 $2,558.26 4.32%
1985 $2,649.37 3.56%
1986 $2,698.61 1.86%
1987 $2,797.10 3.65%
1988 $2,912.82 4.14%
1989 $3,053.17 4.82%
1990 $3,218.14 5.40%
1991 $3,353.56 4.21%
1992 $3,454.52 3.01%
1993 $3,557.93 2.99%
1994 $3,649.03 2.56%
1995 $3,752.45 2.83%
1996 $3,863.25 2.95%
1997 $3,951.89 2.29%
1998 $4,013.44 1.56%
1999 $4,102.08 2.21%
2000 $4,239.97 3.36%
2001 $4,360.62 2.85%
2002 $4,429.56 1.58%
2003 $4,530.51 2.28%
2004 $4,651.16 2.66%
2005 $4,808.75 3.39%
2006 $4,963.87 3.23%
2007 $5,105.25 2.85%
2008 $5,301.27 3.84%
2009 $5,282.41 -0.36%
2010 $5,369.05 1.64%
2011 $5,538.53 3.16%
2012 $5,653.14 2.07%
2013 $5,735.95 1.46%
2014 $5,829.00 1.62%
2015 $5,835.92 0.12%
2016 $5,909.54 1.26%
2017 $6,027.21 1.99%
2018 $6,194.74 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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: “$200 in 1850 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 13 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1850-dollars?amount=200.


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