$100 in 1895 → $2,757.13 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $100 in 1895 to 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.76% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2657.1% higher than prices in 1895.

In other words, $100 in 1895 is equivalent in purchasing power to $2,757.13 in 2017, a difference of $2,657.13 over 122 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1895 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2657.13%
Average inflation rate 2.76%
Converted amount ($100 base) $2,757.13
Price difference ($100 base) $2,657.13
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

Medical care · Televisions · New trucks · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

S&P 500 price · S&P 500 earnings · Shiller P/E

News headlines from 1895

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

  • Italy invades Abyssinia (Ethiopia today).
  • First Sino-Japanese war finishes after signing the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
  • Electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays were produced by Wilhelm Rontgen, a German physicist.
  • The Nobel Prize is established in the will of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel.

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.

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