$2,500 in 1880 → $58,415.29 in 2018

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $2,500 in 1880 to 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.31% per year. Prices in 2018 are 2236.6% higher than prices in 1880.

In other words, $2,500 in 1880 is equivalent in purchasing power to $58,415.29 in 2018, a difference of $55,915.29 over 138 years.

The current inflation rate is now 2.80%1. If this number holds, $2,500 today will be equivalent to $2,570.03 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

Inflation from 1880 to 2018
Cumulative price change 2236.61%
Average inflation rate 2.31%
Converted amount ($2,500 base) $58,415.29
Price difference ($2,500 base) $55,915.29
CPI in 2018 251.59


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Inflation-adjusted measures

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Buying power of $2,500 since 1880

Below are calculations of buying power over time for $2,500 in 1880 (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
1880 $2,500.00 -
1881 $2,500.00 0.00%
1882 $2,500.00 0.00%
1883 $2,456.14 -1.75%
1884 $2,368.42 -3.57%
1885 $2,324.56 -1.85%
1886 $2,280.70 -1.89%
1887 $2,280.70 0.00%
1888 $2,280.70 0.00%
1889 $2,236.84 -1.92%
1890 $2,192.98 -1.96%
1891 $2,192.98 0.00%
1892 $2,192.98 0.00%
1893 $2,192.98 0.00%
1894 $2,061.40 -6.00%
1895 $2,061.40 0.00%
1896 $2,061.40 0.00%
1897 $2,017.54 -2.13%
1898 $2,017.54 0.00%
1899 $2,017.54 0.00%
1900 $2,061.40 2.17%
1901 $2,061.40 0.00%
1902 $2,061.40 0.00%
1903 $2,149.12 4.26%
1904 $2,149.12 0.00%
1905 $2,149.12 0.00%
1906 $2,192.98 2.04%
1907 $2,280.70 4.00%
1908 $2,236.84 -1.92%
1909 $2,192.98 -1.96%
1910 $2,280.70 4.00%
1911 $2,280.70 0.00%
1912 $2,324.56 1.92%
1913 $2,298.63 -1.12%
1914 $2,321.84 1.01%
1915 $2,345.06 1.00%
1916 $2,530.81 7.92%
1917 $2,971.96 17.43%
1918 $3,505.99 17.97%
1919 $4,016.79 14.57%
1920 $4,643.69 15.61%
1921 $4,156.10 -10.50%
1922 $3,900.70 -6.15%
1923 $3,970.35 1.79%
1924 $3,970.35 0.00%
1925 $4,063.23 2.34%
1926 $4,109.67 1.14%
1927 $4,040.01 -1.69%
1928 $3,970.35 -1.72%
1929 $3,970.35 0.00%
1930 $3,877.48 -2.34%
1931 $3,529.20 -8.98%
1932 $3,180.93 -9.87%
1933 $3,018.40 -5.11%
1934 $3,111.27 3.08%
1935 $3,180.93 2.24%
1936 $3,227.36 1.46%
1937 $3,343.46 3.60%
1938 $3,273.80 -2.08%
1939 $3,227.36 -1.42%
1940 $3,250.58 0.72%
1941 $3,413.11 5.00%
1942 $3,784.61 10.88%
1943 $4,016.79 6.13%
1944 $4,086.45 1.73%
1945 $4,179.32 2.27%
1946 $4,527.60 8.33%
1947 $5,177.71 14.36%
1948 $5,595.65 8.07%
1949 $5,525.99 -1.24%
1950 $5,595.65 1.26%
1951 $6,036.80 7.88%
1952 $6,152.89 1.92%
1953 $6,199.33 0.75%
1954 $6,245.76 0.75%
1955 $6,222.54 -0.37%
1956 $6,315.42 1.49%
1957 $6,524.38 3.31%
1958 $6,710.13 2.85%
1959 $6,756.57 0.69%
1960 $6,872.66 1.72%
1961 $6,942.32 1.01%
1962 $7,011.97 1.00%
1963 $7,104.85 1.32%
1964 $7,197.72 1.31%
1965 $7,313.81 1.61%
1966 $7,522.78 2.86%
1967 $7,754.96 3.09%
1968 $8,080.02 4.19%
1969 $8,521.17 5.46%
1970 $9,008.76 5.72%
1971 $9,403.47 4.38%
1972 $9,705.31 3.21%
1973 $10,308.99 6.22%
1974 $11,446.70 11.04%
1975 $12,491.53 9.13%
1976 $13,211.30 5.76%
1977 $14,070.38 6.50%
1978 $15,138.43 7.59%
1979 $16,856.59 11.35%
1980 $19,132.00 13.50%
1981 $21,105.57 10.32%
1982 $22,405.80 6.16%
1983 $23,125.57 3.21%
1984 $24,123.97 4.32%
1985 $24,983.05 3.56%
1986 $25,447.42 1.86%
1987 $26,376.16 3.65%
1988 $27,467.42 4.14%
1989 $28,790.88 4.82%
1990 $30,346.51 5.40%
1991 $31,623.53 4.21%
1992 $32,575.48 3.01%
1993 $33,550.66 2.99%
1994 $34,409.74 2.56%
1995 $35,384.92 2.83%
1996 $36,429.75 2.95%
1997 $37,265.61 2.29%
1998 $37,846.07 1.56%
1999 $38,681.94 2.21%
2000 $39,982.17 3.36%
2001 $41,119.87 2.85%
2002 $41,769.99 1.58%
2003 $42,721.95 2.28%
2004 $43,859.65 2.66%
2005 $45,345.63 3.39%
2006 $46,808.39 3.23%
2007 $48,141.60 2.85%
2008 $49,990.02 3.84%
2009 $49,812.16 -0.36%
2010 $50,629.22 1.64%
2011 $52,227.35 3.16%
2012 $53,308.16 2.07%
2013 $54,089.00 1.46%
2014 $54,966.43 1.62%
2015 $55,031.67 0.12%
2016 $55,725.90 1.26%
2017 $56,835.51 1.99%
2018 $58,415.29 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1880

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

  • Construction begins on the Panama Canal.
  • The United States constructs its first dedicated sewage system in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • The Salvation Army is formed in London.

Data Source & Citation

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: “$2,500 in 1880 → 2018 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1880-dollars?amount=2500.


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