$0.21 in 1900 → $5.68 in 2016

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $0.21 in 1900 to 2016

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.88% per year. Prices in 2016 are 2604.8% higher than prices in 1900.

In other words, $0.21 in 1900 is equivalent in purchasing power to $5.68 in 2016, a difference of $5.47 over 116 years.

The inflation rate in 2016 was 1.26%.

Inflation from 1900 to 2016
Cumulative price change 2604.76%
Average inflation rate 2.88%
Converted amount ($0.21 base) $5.68
Price difference ($0.21 base) $5.47
CPI in 2016 240.007


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

Bread · New cars · Jewelry · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

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

News headlines from 1900

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

  • Britain establishes the protectorates of Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigeria.
  • America announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China.
  • The US Congress passes the Currency Act, establishing the gold standard.
  • Dutch botanist and geneticist Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel's law of genetics
  • Under pressure from Japan, Korea denies Russia access to Masampo Port, leading to a war between Russia and Japan.

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: “$0.21 in 1900 → 2016 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1900-dollars-in-2016?amount=0.21.


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