$50 in 1870 → $917.42 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1870-2018 ($50)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.99% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1734.8% higher than prices in 1870.

In other words, $50 in the year 1870 is equivalent in purchasing power to $917.42 in 2018, a difference of $867.42 over 148 years.

Compared to last year's annual rate, the inflation rate in 2018 is now 1.95%1. If this number holds, $50 today would be equivalent to $50.97 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

Inflation from 1870 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1734.84%
Average inflation rate 1.99%
Price difference ($50 base) $867.42
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 1870

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

  • New York begins building the Brooklyn Bridge (the bridge is completed in 1883).
  • Austria inaugurates Wiener Musikverein, also known as the Great Hall, in Vienna.
  • The Carson City mint, in Nevada, starts issuing coins.

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: “$50 in 1870 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 26 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1870-dollars?amount=50.

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