U.S. inflation rate in 2015: 0.12%

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Inflation since 2015 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2015 was 237.017. It was 236.736 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 2.01% per year. Prices in 2018 are 6.2% higher than prices in 2015.

In other words, $100 in 2015 is equivalent in purchasing power to $106.15 in 2018, a difference of $6.15 over 3 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 2015 to 2018
Cumulative price change 6.15%
Average inflation rate 2.01%
Converted amount ($100 base) $106.15
Price difference ($100 base) $6.15
CPI in 2015 237.017
CPI in 2018 251.59


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 2015

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2015 * 2015 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 237.017 in the year 2015 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 237.017 * $100 = $106.15

$100 in 2015 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $106.15 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for $100 in 2015 (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
2015 $100.00 0.12%
2016 $101.26 1.26%
2017 $103.28 1.99%
2018 $106.15 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 2015

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

  • Barack Obama and Raul Castro, hold the first meeting between Cuban and American leaders since the Cuban Revolution.
  • The population of India reaches 1 billion (officially). The billionth baby was named Astha Arora.
  • Donald Trump announces his intention to join the US presidential campaign.
  • China brings an end to its one child policy, 35 years after it was first introduced.

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 2015 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 14 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-2015.


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