U.S. inflation rate in 1992: 3.01%

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Inflation since 1992 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1992 was 140.3. It was 136.2 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 2.27% per year. Prices in 2018 are 79.3% higher than prices in 1992.

In other words, $100 in 1992 is equivalent in purchasing power to $179.32 in 2018, a difference of $79.32 over 26 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 1992 to 2018
Cumulative price change 79.32%
Average inflation rate 2.27%
Converted amount ($100 base) $179.32
Price difference ($100 base) $79.32
CPI in 1992 140.3
CPI in 2018 251.59


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 1992

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1992 * 1992 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 140.3 in the year 1992 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 140.3 * $100 = $179.32

$100 in 1992 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $179.32 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for $100 in 1992 (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
1992 $100.00 3.01%
1993 $102.99 2.99%
1994 $105.63 2.56%
1995 $108.62 2.83%
1996 $111.83 2.95%
1997 $114.40 2.29%
1998 $116.18 1.56%
1999 $118.75 2.21%
2000 $122.74 3.36%
2001 $126.23 2.85%
2002 $128.23 1.58%
2003 $131.15 2.28%
2004 $134.64 2.66%
2005 $139.20 3.39%
2006 $143.69 3.23%
2007 $147.78 2.85%
2008 $153.46 3.84%
2009 $152.91 -0.36%
2010 $155.42 1.64%
2011 $160.33 3.16%
2012 $163.65 2.07%
2013 $166.04 1.46%
2014 $168.74 1.62%
2015 $168.94 0.12%
2016 $171.07 1.26%
2017 $174.47 1.99%
2018 $179.32 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1992

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

  • The Conservative party wins the 1992 British general election, returning John Major to his role as Prime Minister.
  • Nelson Mandela's meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar.
  • Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States,.

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 1992 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1992.


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