The consumer price index (CPI) in 1951 was 26. the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.43% per year. Prices in 2018 are 859.8% higher than prices in 1951.
In other words, $100 in the year 1951 is equivalent in purchasing power to $959.82 in 2018, a difference of $859.82 over 67 years.
Compared to last year's annual rate, the inflation rate in 2018 is now 1.95%1. If this number holds, $100 today would be equivalent to $101.95 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.
|Cumulative price change||859.82%|
|Average inflation rate||3.43%|
|Price difference ($100 base)||$859.82|
|CPI in 1951||26|
|CPI in 2018||249.554|
Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:
Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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 1951 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1951.