U.S. inflation rate in 1952: 1.92%

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Inflation since 1952 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1952 was 26.5. It was 26 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 3.47% per year. Prices in 2018 are 849.4% higher than prices in 1952.

In other words, $100 in 1952 is equivalent in purchasing power to $949.40 in 2018, a difference of $849.40 over 66 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 1952 to 2018
Cumulative price change 849.40%
Average inflation rate 3.47%
Converted amount ($100 base) $949.40
Price difference ($100 base) $849.40
CPI in 1952 26.5
CPI in 2018 251.59


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2018


Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 1952

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 26.5 in the year 1952 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 26.5 * $100 = $949.40

$100 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $949.40 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for $100 in 1952 (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
1952 $100.00 1.92%
1953 $100.75 0.75%
1954 $101.51 0.75%
1955 $101.13 -0.37%
1956 $102.64 1.49%
1957 $106.04 3.31%
1958 $109.06 2.85%
1959 $109.81 0.69%
1960 $111.70 1.72%
1961 $112.83 1.01%
1962 $113.96 1.00%
1963 $115.47 1.32%
1964 $116.98 1.31%
1965 $118.87 1.61%
1966 $122.26 2.86%
1967 $126.04 3.09%
1968 $131.32 4.19%
1969 $138.49 5.46%
1970 $146.42 5.72%
1971 $152.83 4.38%
1972 $157.74 3.21%
1973 $167.55 6.22%
1974 $186.04 11.04%
1975 $203.02 9.13%
1976 $214.72 5.76%
1977 $228.68 6.50%
1978 $246.04 7.59%
1979 $273.96 11.35%
1980 $310.94 13.50%
1981 $343.02 10.32%
1982 $364.15 6.16%
1983 $375.85 3.21%
1984 $392.08 4.32%
1985 $406.04 3.56%
1986 $413.58 1.86%
1987 $428.68 3.65%
1988 $446.42 4.14%
1989 $467.92 4.82%
1990 $493.21 5.40%
1991 $513.96 4.21%
1992 $529.43 3.01%
1993 $545.28 2.99%
1994 $559.25 2.56%
1995 $575.09 2.83%
1996 $592.08 2.95%
1997 $605.66 2.29%
1998 $615.09 1.56%
1999 $628.68 2.21%
2000 $649.81 3.36%
2001 $668.30 2.85%
2002 $678.87 1.58%
2003 $694.34 2.28%
2004 $712.83 2.66%
2005 $736.98 3.39%
2006 $760.75 3.23%
2007 $782.42 2.85%
2008 $812.46 3.84%
2009 $809.57 -0.36%
2010 $822.85 1.64%
2011 $848.83 3.16%
2012 $866.39 2.07%
2013 $879.08 1.46%
2014 $893.34 1.62%
2015 $894.40 0.12%
2016 $905.69 1.26%
2017 $923.72 1.99%
2018 $949.40 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1952

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

  • Queen Elizabeth II's succeeds King George VI to the British throne.
  • The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis of modern computers, is published for the first time by Geoffrey Dummer.

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 1952 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 13 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1952.


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