U.S. inflation rate in 1995: 2.83%

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Inflation since 1995 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1995 was 152.4. It was 148.2 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 2.20% per year. Prices in 2018 are 65.1% higher than prices in 1995.

In other words, $100 in 1995 is equivalent in purchasing power to $165.09 in 2018, a difference of $65.09 over 23 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 1995 to 2018
Cumulative price change 65.09%
Average inflation rate 2.20%
Converted amount ($100 base) $165.09
Price difference ($100 base) $65.09
CPI in 1995 152.4
CPI in 2018 251.59


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 1995

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1995 * 1995 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 152.4 in the year 1995 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 152.4 * $100 = $165.09

$100 in 1995 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $165.09 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for $100 in 1995 (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
1995 $100.00 2.83%
1996 $102.95 2.95%
1997 $105.31 2.29%
1998 $106.96 1.56%
1999 $109.32 2.21%
2000 $112.99 3.36%
2001 $116.21 2.85%
2002 $118.04 1.58%
2003 $120.73 2.28%
2004 $123.95 2.66%
2005 $128.15 3.39%
2006 $132.28 3.23%
2007 $136.05 2.85%
2008 $141.27 3.84%
2009 $140.77 -0.36%
2010 $143.08 1.64%
2011 $147.60 3.16%
2012 $150.65 2.07%
2013 $152.86 1.46%
2014 $155.34 1.62%
2015 $155.52 0.12%
2016 $157.48 1.26%
2017 $160.62 1.99%
2018 $165.09 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1995

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

  • Bosnian Serbs massacre over 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.
  • Scientists discover the Hale-Bopp Comet; which later became visible to the naked eye.
  • Signing of the Dayton Agreement in Paris in order to end conflicts between former Yugoslavian republics
  • 170 countries agree to the unconditional and indefinite extending of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
  • Austria, Finland and Sweden accede to the European Union.

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 1995 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 13 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1995.


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