According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.30% per year. Prices in 2018 are 2302.0% higher than prices in 1878.
In other words, $20,000 in the year 1878 is equivalent in purchasing power to $480,396.55 in 2018, a difference of $460,396.55 over 140 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.
|Cumulative price change||2301.98%|
|Average inflation rate||2.30%|
|Price difference ($20,000 base)||$460,396.55|
|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: “$20,000 in 1878 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1878-dollars-in-2018?amount=20000.