$1,000 in 1990 → $1,872.88 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1990-2017 ($1,000)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.35% per year. Prices in 2017 are 87.3% higher than prices in 1990.

In other words, $1,000 in the year 1990 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1,872.88 in 2017, a difference of $872.88 over 27 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1990 to 2017
Cumulative price change 87.29%
Average inflation rate 2.35%
Price difference ($1,000 base) $872.88
CPI in 1990 130.7
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


Inflation rates for specific categories

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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1,000, 1990 to 2017

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1990 * 1990 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 130.7 in the year 1990 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 130.7 * $1,000 = $1,872.88

$1,000 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" as $1,872.88 in 2017.


News headlines from 1990

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

  • Nelson Mandela is released having spent 27 years in South African prison.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope takes its first photos from space.
  • Dr Penny Jamieson, becomes the first woman to be made an Anglican Bishop, in New Zeeland
  • The United States sends troops to Saudi Arabia, marking the beginning of Operation Desert Shield.

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: “$1,000 in 1990 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1990-dollars-in-2017?amount=1000.


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