According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.77% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1368.0% higher than prices in 1865.
In other words, $2 in the year 1865 is equivalent in purchasing power to $29.36 in 2018, a difference of $27.36 over 153 years.
Compared to last year's annual rate, the inflation rate in 2018 is now 1.95%1. If this number holds, $2 today would be equivalent to $2.04 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.
|Cumulative price change||1368.00%|
|Average inflation rate||1.77%|
|Price difference ($2 base)||$27.36|
|CPI in 2018||249.554|
Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:
Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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: “$2 in 1865 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1865-dollars?amount=2.