U.S. inflation rate in 1929: 0.00%

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Inflation since 1929 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1929 was 17.1. It was 17.1 in the previous year. This change in CPI is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate inflation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.07% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1371.3% higher than prices in 1929.

In other words, $100 in 1929 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1,471.29 in 2018, a difference of $1,371.29 over 89 years.

The current inflation rate is now 2.80%1. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent to $102.80 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

Inflation from 1929 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1371.29%
Average inflation rate 3.07%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,471.29
Price difference ($100 base) $1,371.29
CPI in 1929 17.1
CPI in 2018 251.59


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 1929

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1929 * 1929 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 17.1 in the year 1929 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 17.1 * $100 = $1,471.29

$100 in 1929 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,471.29 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for $100 in 1929 (price index tracking began in 1913). Each of these USD amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1929 $100.00 -
1930 $97.66 -2.34%
1931 $88.89 -8.98%
1932 $80.12 -9.87%
1933 $76.02 -5.11%
1934 $78.36 3.08%
1935 $80.12 2.24%
1936 $81.29 1.46%
1937 $84.21 3.60%
1938 $82.46 -2.08%
1939 $81.29 -1.42%
1940 $81.87 0.72%
1941 $85.96 5.00%
1942 $95.32 10.88%
1943 $101.17 6.13%
1944 $102.92 1.73%
1945 $105.26 2.27%
1946 $114.04 8.33%
1947 $130.41 14.36%
1948 $140.94 8.07%
1949 $139.18 -1.24%
1950 $140.94 1.26%
1951 $152.05 7.88%
1952 $154.97 1.92%
1953 $156.14 0.75%
1954 $157.31 0.75%
1955 $156.73 -0.37%
1956 $159.06 1.49%
1957 $164.33 3.31%
1958 $169.01 2.85%
1959 $170.18 0.69%
1960 $173.10 1.72%
1961 $174.85 1.01%
1962 $176.61 1.00%
1963 $178.95 1.32%
1964 $181.29 1.31%
1965 $184.21 1.61%
1966 $189.47 2.86%
1967 $195.32 3.09%
1968 $203.51 4.19%
1969 $214.62 5.46%
1970 $226.90 5.72%
1971 $236.84 4.38%
1972 $244.44 3.21%
1973 $259.65 6.22%
1974 $288.30 11.04%
1975 $314.62 9.13%
1976 $332.75 5.76%
1977 $354.39 6.50%
1978 $381.29 7.59%
1979 $424.56 11.35%
1980 $481.87 13.50%
1981 $531.58 10.32%
1982 $564.33 6.16%
1983 $582.46 3.21%
1984 $607.60 4.32%
1985 $629.24 3.56%
1986 $640.94 1.86%
1987 $664.33 3.65%
1988 $691.81 4.14%
1989 $725.15 4.82%
1990 $764.33 5.40%
1991 $796.49 4.21%
1992 $820.47 3.01%
1993 $845.03 2.99%
1994 $866.67 2.56%
1995 $891.23 2.83%
1996 $917.54 2.95%
1997 $938.60 2.29%
1998 $953.22 1.56%
1999 $974.27 2.21%
2000 $1,007.02 3.36%
2001 $1,035.67 2.85%
2002 $1,052.05 1.58%
2003 $1,076.02 2.28%
2004 $1,104.68 2.66%
2005 $1,142.11 3.39%
2006 $1,178.95 3.23%
2007 $1,212.53 2.85%
2008 $1,259.08 3.84%
2009 $1,254.60 -0.36%
2010 $1,275.18 1.64%
2011 $1,315.43 3.16%
2012 $1,342.65 2.07%
2013 $1,362.32 1.46%
2014 $1,384.42 1.62%
2015 $1,386.06 0.12%
2016 $1,403.55 1.26%
2017 $1,431.50 1.99%
2018 $1,471.29 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1929

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

  • The world's smallest country, the Vatican City, is created as an enclave of Rome.
  • Seven gangsters are killed in Chicago on Al Capone's orders in an event now known as St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
  • A final solution of a border dispute between Chile and Peru is reached after the signing of the Treaty of Lima.
  • Beginning of the Great Depression with stock market crash known as "Black Thursday".
  • ‘Black Thursday’, leads to a Wall Street crash and the biggest depression in the history of the world.

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: “Inflation Rate in 1929 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1929.


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