$1 in 1945 → $13.60 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1945-2017 ($1)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.69% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1260.0% higher than prices in 1945.

In other words, $1 in the year 1945 is equivalent in purchasing power to $13.60 in 2017, a difference of $12.60 over 72 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1945 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1260.00%
Average inflation rate 3.69%
Price difference ($1 base) $12.60
CPI in 1945 18
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1, 1945 to 2017

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1945 * 1945 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 18 in the year 1945 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 18 * $1 = $13.60

$1 in 1945 has the same "purchasing power" as $13.60 in 2017.


News headlines from 1945

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

  • The USSR captures Budapest from Germany in a battle that kills 159,000 people.
  • The US Fleet captures Iwo Jima.
  • 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Okinawa: the operation is believed to be the largest of World War II
  • Iwo Jima is occupied by America, costing 6,000 American lives and a further 18,000 Japanese lives.
  • Buchenwald, the first Nazi concentration camp, is liberated.

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 1945 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1945-dollars-in-2017?amount=1.


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