$1 in 1935 → $17.87 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1935-2017 ($1)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.58% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1687.0% higher than prices in 1935.

In other words, $1 in the year 1935 is equivalent in purchasing power to $17.87 in 2017, a difference of $16.87 over 82 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1935 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1687.00%
Average inflation rate 3.58%
Price difference ($1 base) $16.87
CPI in 1935 13.7
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1, 1935 to 2017

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1935 * 1935 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.7 in the year 1935 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 13.7 * $1 = $17.87

$1 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" as $17.87 in 2017.


News headlines from 1935

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

  • Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles by ordering German rearmament.
  • In an event known as "Black Sunday", a severe sandstorm strikes the US Midwest, coining the term "Dust Bowl".
  • Communist forces end their Long March bringing Mao Zedong to prominence.
  • First trans-pacific airmail flight by a flying boat the "China Clipper" that took off from Alameda, California

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: “$1 in 1935 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1935-dollars-in-2017?amount=1.


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