U.S. inflation rate in 2004: 2.66%

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Inflation since 2004 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2004 was 188.9. It was 184 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 2.07% per year. Prices in 2018 are 33.2% higher than prices in 2004.

In other words, $100 in 2004 is equivalent in purchasing power to $133.19 in 2018, a difference of $33.19 over 14 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 2004 to 2018
Cumulative price change 33.19%
Average inflation rate 2.07%
Converted amount ($100 base) $133.19
Price difference ($100 base) $33.19
CPI in 2004 188.9
CPI in 2018 251.59


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 2004

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2004 * 2004 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 188.9 in the year 2004 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 188.9 * $100 = $133.19

$100 in 2004 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $133.19 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for $100 in 2004 (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
2004 $100.00 2.66%
2005 $103.39 3.39%
2006 $106.72 3.23%
2007 $109.76 2.85%
2008 $113.98 3.84%
2009 $113.57 -0.36%
2010 $115.43 1.64%
2011 $119.08 3.16%
2012 $121.54 2.07%
2013 $123.32 1.46%
2014 $125.32 1.62%
2015 $125.47 0.12%
2016 $127.06 1.26%
2017 $129.58 1.99%
2018 $133.19 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 2004

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

  • The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
  • Massachusetts becomes the first United States state to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • The Indonesian elections are won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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 2004 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-2004.


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