$20,000 in 1865 → $293,575.67 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1865-2018 ($20,000)

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 1367.9% higher than prices in 1865.

In other words, $20,000 in the year 1865 is equivalent in purchasing power to $293,575.67 in 2018, a difference of $273,575.67 over 153 years.

Compared to last year's annual rate, the inflation rate in 2018 is now 1.95%1. If this number holds, $20,000 today would be equivalent to $20,389.56 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

Inflation from 1865 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1367.88%
Average inflation rate 1.77%
Price difference ($20,000 base) $273,575.67
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 1865

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

  • America abolishes slavery after Congress passes the 13th Amendment.
  • John Wilkes Booth assassinates President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater, in Washington.
  • The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad Street.
  • Columbia, South Carolina burns during the American Civil War.

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: “$20,000 in 1865 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1865-dollars?amount=20000.

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