# U.S. inflation rate in 1951: 7.88%

## Inflation Calculator

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### U.S. Inflation Rate, 1951-2018 (\$100)

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

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### How to calculate the inflation rate for \$100 since 1951

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1951 * 1951 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 26 in the year 1951 and 249.554 in 2018:

249.554 / 26 * \$100 = \$959.82

\$100 in 1951 has the same "purchasing power" as \$959.82 in 2018.