$1 in-game (1899) → $37.16 in 2024

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Inflation Converter

Wondering how much items in Red Dead Redemption cost in today's dollars? The game is based in 1899, so we can calculate the value today by using official U.S. government statistics from the Department of Labor plus other historical data.

Use the inflation calculator to enter an amount and see for yourself. Or, look below for converted prices for popular items.


In-game Price Conversion, 1899 → 2024

The table below shows game prices (assuming neutral honor) in today's dollars.

ItemNew AustinNuevo ParaisoWest Elizabeth
Plants
Butterfly Weed3 → 91.233 → 91.234 → 121.64
Desert Sage1 → 30.412 → 60.822 → 60.82
Golden Currant6 → 182.4612 → 364.924 → 121.64
Hummingbird Sage8 → 243.2815 → 456.155 → 152.05
Prairie Poppy6 → 182.4612 → 364.924 → 121.64
Prickly Pear3 → 91.233 → 91.234 → 121.64
Red Sage2 → 60.823 → 91.233 → 91.23
Violet Snowdrop9 → 273.6918 → 547.386 → 182.46
Wild Feverfew1 → 30.412 → 60.822 → 60.82
Woolly Blue Curls5 → 152.055 → 152.056 → 182.46
Birds
Chicken Featders1 → 30.411 → 30.411 → 30.41
Crow Featders3 → 91.233 → 91.233 → 91.23
Duck Featders2 → 60.822 → 60.822 → 60.82
Eagle Featders8 → 243.2812 → 364.928 → 243.28
Hawk Featders6 → 182.466 → 182.466 → 182.46
Owl Featders4 → 121.644 → 121.644 → 121.64
Seagull Featders3 → 91.232 → 60.822 → 60.82
Songbird Featders5 → 152.055 → 152.055 → 152.05
Vulture Featders3 → 91.233 → 91.233 → 91.23
Animals
Armadillo Carapace8 → 243.288 → 243.2810 → 304.1
Armadillo Meat5 → 152.055 → 152.056 → 182.46
Beaver Fur18 → 547.3824 → 729.8412 → 364.92
Beaver Meat8 → 243.2815 → 456.155 → 152.05
Bighorn Horn12 → 364.9212 → 364.9212 → 364.92
Bighorn Meat5 → 152.055 → 152.055 → 152.05
Bighorn Skin8 → 243.288 → 243.288 → 243.28
Boar Meat5 → 152.055 → 152.055 → 152.05
Boar Skin3 → 91.233 → 91.233 → 91.23
Boar Tusks8 → 243.288 → 243.288 → 243.28
Bobcat Claw18 → 547.3812 → 364.9212 → 364.92
Bobcat Fur12 → 364.928 → 243.288 → 243.28
Bobcat Meat8 → 243.285 → 152.055 → 152.05
Buck Antlers8 → 243.288 → 243.288 → 243.28
Buck Meat5 → 152.055 → 152.055 → 152.05
Buck Skin6 → 182.466 → 182.466 → 182.46
Buffalo Horns12 → 364.9216 → 486.568 → 243.28
Buffalo Meat15 → 456.1520 → 608.210 → 304.1
Buffalo Skin18 → 547.3824 → 729.8412 → 364.92
Cougar Claw12 → 364.9218 → 547.3812 → 364.92
Cougar Fang8 → 243.2812 → 364.928 → 243.28
Cougar Meat5 → 152.058 → 243.285 → 152.05
Cougar Pelt8 → 243.2812 → 364.928 → 243.28
Cow Hide4 → 121.644 → 121.644 → 121.64
Cow Meat4 → 121.644 → 121.644 → 121.64
Coyote Meat3 → 91.233 → 91.233 → 91.23
Coyote Pelt5 → 152.055 → 152.055 → 152.05
Deer Meat4 → 121.644 → 121.644 → 121.64
Deer Skin6 → 182.466 → 182.466 → 182.46
Dog Fur2 → 60.822 → 60.823 → 91.23
Dog Meat1 → 30.411 → 30.412 → 60.82
Elk Antlers12 → 364.9218 → 547.3812 → 364.92
Elk Meat8 → 243.2812 → 364.928 → 243.28
Elk Skin9 → 273.6914 → 425.749 → 273.69
Fox Fur12 → 364.9218 → 547.3812 → 364.92
Fox Meat5 → 152.058 → 243.285 → 152.05
Goat Meat5 → 152.055 → 152.058 → 243.28
Grizzly Claw12 → 364.9216 → 486.568 → 243.28
Grizzly Furs18 → 547.3824 → 729.8412 → 364.92
Grizzly Heart24 → 729.8432 → 973.1216 → 486.56
Grizzly Meat12 → 364.9216 → 486.568 → 243.28
Grizzly Tootd18 → 547.3824 → 729.8412 → 364.92
Horse Hide2 → 60.822 → 60.822 → 60.82
Horse Meat2 → 60.822 → 60.822 → 60.82
Mule Hide2 → 60.821 → 30.412 → 60.82
Mule Meat2 → 60.821 → 30.412 → 60.82
Pig Meat5 → 152.055 → 152.055 → 152.05
Rabbit Meat3 → 91.233 → 91.233 → 91.23
Raccoon Fur5 → 152.058 → 243.285 → 152.05
Raccoon Meat3 → 91.235 → 152.053 → 91.23
Sheep Meat5 → 152.058 → 243.288 → 243.28
Sheep Skin6 → 182.469 → 273.699 → 273.69
Skunk Fur5 → 152.055 → 152.055 → 152.05
Skunk Meat3 → 91.233 → 91.233 → 91.23
Snake Skin6 → 182.466 → 182.466 → 182.46
Wolf Heart18 → 547.3818 → 547.3818 → 547.38
Wolf Meat8 → 243.288 → 243.288 → 243.28
Wolf Pelt10 → 304.110 → 304.110 → 304.1
Legendary Animals
Brumas' Claw48 → 1459.6864 → 1946.2432 → 973.12
Brumas' Fur72 → 2189.5296 → 2919.3648 → 1459.68
Brumas' Heart54 → 1642.1472 → 2189.5236 → 1094.76
Brumas' Meat54 → 1642.1472 → 2189.5236 → 1094.76
Brumas' Teetd66 → 2007.0688 → 2676.0844 → 1338.04
Gordo's Heart48 → 1459.6872 → 2189.5272 → 2189.52
Gordo's Meat32 → 973.1248 → 1459.6864 → 1946.24
Gordo's Skin36 → 1094.7654 → 1642.1454 → 1642.14
Gordo's Tusks36 → 1094.7654 → 1642.1454 → 1642.14
Khan's Fang63 → 1915.8342 → 1277.2284 → 2554.44
Khan's Heart54 → 1642.1436 → 1094.7672 → 2189.52
Khan's Meat48 → 1459.6832 → 973.1264 → 1946.24
Khan's Pelt36 → 1094.7624 → 729.8448 → 1459.68
Lobo's Fur72 → 2189.5296 → 2919.3648 → 1459.68
Lobo's Heart66 → 2007.0688 → 2676.0844 → 1338.04
Lobo's Meat48 → 1459.6864 → 1946.2432 → 973.12
Treasure
Rhodes' Gold100 → 3041.0100 → 3041.0100 → 3041.0
Jackson's Gold125 → 3801.25125 → 3801.25125 → 3801.25
Calhoun's Gold150 → 4561.5150 → 4561.5150 → 4561.5
Tubman's Gold175 → 5321.75175 → 5321.75175 → 5321.75
Brown's Gold200 → 6082.0200 → 6082.0200 → 6082.0
Douglass' Gold225 → 6842.25225 → 6842.25225 → 6842.25
Garrison's Gold300 → 9123.0300 → 9123.0300 → 9123.0
Pickett's Gold400 → 12164.0400 → 12164.0400 → 12164.0
Stonewall's Gold500 → 15205.0500 → 15205.0500 → 15205.0

In-game Data source: Red Dead Wiki

Because the government only started collecting inflation data in 1913, inflation rates in the 14 years prior to the creation of the Consumer Price Index are approximated based on historical economic studies conducted by academics.


Summary Statistics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2024 are 3,615.87% higher than prices in 1899. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.93% per year during this period.

In other words, $1 in 1899 is equivalent in purchasing power to $37.16 in 2024, a difference of $36.16 over 125 years.

Inflation from 1899 to 2024
Cumulative price change3,615.87%
Average inflation rate2.93%
Converted amount ($1 base)$37.16
Price difference ($1 base)$36.16
CPI in 18998.300
CPI in 2024308.417
Inflation in 18990.00%
Inflation in 20243.09%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Buying power of $1 in 1899

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1 in 1899 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $1, you would need to end with $37.16 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $1 is equivalent to $37.16 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.S. dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1899 dollars, the chart below shows how $1 is worth less over 125 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Dollar inflation: 1899-2024
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1899$1.00-
1900$1.011.20%
1901$1.021.19%
1902$1.041.18%
1903$1.062.33%
1904$1.071.14%
1905$1.06-1.12%
1906$1.082.27%
1907$1.134.44%
1908$1.11-2.13%
1909$1.10-1.09%
1910$1.144.40%
1911$1.140.00%
1912$1.172.11%
1913$1.192.06%
1914$1.201.01%
1915$1.221.00%
1916$1.317.92%
1917$1.5417.43%
1918$1.8217.97%
1919$2.0814.57%
1920$2.4115.61%
1921$2.16-10.50%
1922$2.02-6.15%
1923$2.061.79%
1924$2.060.00%
1925$2.112.34%
1926$2.131.14%
1927$2.10-1.69%
1928$2.06-1.72%
1929$2.060.00%
1930$2.01-2.34%
1931$1.83-8.98%
1932$1.65-9.87%
1933$1.57-5.11%
1934$1.613.08%
1935$1.652.24%
1936$1.671.46%
1937$1.733.60%
1938$1.70-2.08%
1939$1.67-1.42%
1940$1.690.72%
1941$1.775.00%
1942$1.9610.88%
1943$2.086.13%
1944$2.121.73%
1945$2.172.27%
1946$2.358.33%
1947$2.6914.36%
1948$2.908.07%
1949$2.87-1.24%
1950$2.901.26%
1951$3.137.88%
1952$3.191.92%
1953$3.220.75%
1954$3.240.75%
1955$3.23-0.37%
1956$3.281.49%
1957$3.393.31%
1958$3.482.85%
1959$3.510.69%
1960$3.571.72%
1961$3.601.01%
1962$3.641.00%
1963$3.691.32%
1964$3.731.31%
1965$3.801.61%
1966$3.902.86%
1967$4.023.09%
1968$4.194.19%
1969$4.425.46%
1970$4.675.72%
1971$4.884.38%
1972$5.043.21%
1973$5.356.22%
1974$5.9411.04%
1975$6.489.13%
1976$6.865.76%
1977$7.306.50%
1978$7.867.59%
1979$8.7511.35%
1980$9.9313.50%
1981$10.9510.32%
1982$11.636.16%
1983$12.003.21%
1984$12.524.32%
1985$12.963.56%
1986$13.201.86%
1987$13.693.65%
1988$14.254.14%
1989$14.944.82%
1990$15.755.40%
1991$16.414.21%
1992$16.903.01%
1993$17.412.99%
1994$17.862.56%
1995$18.362.83%
1996$18.902.95%
1997$19.342.29%
1998$19.641.56%
1999$20.072.21%
2000$20.753.36%
2001$21.342.85%
2002$21.671.58%
2003$22.172.28%
2004$22.762.66%
2005$23.533.39%
2006$24.293.23%
2007$24.982.85%
2008$25.943.84%
2009$25.85-0.36%
2010$26.271.64%
2011$27.103.16%
2012$27.662.07%
2013$28.071.46%
2014$28.521.62%
2015$28.560.12%
2016$28.921.26%
2017$29.532.13%
2018$30.272.49%
2019$30.801.76%
2020$31.181.23%
2021$32.654.70%
2022$35.268.00%
2023$36.714.12%
2024$37.161.22%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1899 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 3,615.87% change in prices:

Conversion: 1899 dollars today
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1899$37.16 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1899$185.79 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1899$371.59 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1899$1,857.93 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1899$3,715.87 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1899$18,579.34 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1899$37,158.67 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1899$185,793.37 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1899$371,586.75 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1899$1,857,933.73 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1899$3,715,867.47 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1899$18,579,337.35 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1899$37,158,674.70 dollars today

Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes.

This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1899 and 2024.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.93% per year:

CategoryAvg Inflation (%)Total Inflation (%)$1 in 1899 → 2024
Food and beverages3.9913,148.96132.49
Housing4.2417,848.24179.48
Apparel1.961,026.2211.26
Transportation3.335,902.9460.03
Medical care4.6027,454.99275.55
Recreation1.36439.675.40
Education and communication1.73751.348.51
Other goods and services4.9541,968.89420.69

The graph below compares inflation in categories of goods over time. Click on a category such as "Food" to toggle it on or off:

For all these visualizations, it's important to note that not all categories may have been tracked since 1899. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to calculate inflation rate for $1 since 1899

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1899 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1899
×
1899 USD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.3 in the year 1899 and 308.417 in 2024:

308.4178.3
×
$1
=
$37.16

$1 in 1899 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $37.16 in 2024.

To get the total inflation rate for the 125 years between 1899 and 2024, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2024 - CPI in 1899CPI in 1899
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (125 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

308.417 - 8.38.3
×
100
=
3,616%

Comparison to S&P 500 Index

The average inflation rate of 2.93% has a compounding effect between 1899 and 2024. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate compounds to produce an overall price difference of 3,615.87% over 125 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $1 in the S&P 500 index in 1899, our investment would be nominally worth approximately $110,531.71 in 2024. This is a return on investment of 11,053,070.98%, with an absolute return of $110,530.71 on top of the original $1.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered nominal. In order to evaluate the real return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 97.31% of returns ($107,557.12) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted real return of our $1 investment is $2,973.59. You may also want to account for capital gains tax, which would take your real return down to around $2,528 for most people.

Investment in S&P 500 Index, 1899-2024
Original AmountFinal AmountChange
Nominal$1$110,531.7111,053,070.98%
Real
Inflation Adjusted
$1$2,974.59297,358.70%

Information displayed above may differ slightly from other S&P 500 calculators. Minor discrepancies can occur because we use the latest CPI data for inflation, annualized inflation numbers for previous years, and we compute S&P price and dividends from January of 1899 to latest available data for 2024 using average monthly close price.

For more details on the S&P 500 between 1899 and 2024, see the stock market returns calculator.


News headlines from 1899

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

  • Aspirin is patented by Felix Hoffmann at Bayer Company.
  • The bicycle is patented frame by an African-American inventor Issac Johnson.
  • Boers defeat British forces in a Battle of Ladysmith, which leads to the Siege of Ladysmith.
  • 1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element of chlorine.
  • Abdulaziz Ibn Saud and his 40 men, take over the city of Riyadh, which marked the beginning of the Third Saudi State.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Price index data from 1774 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University and from the American Antiquarian Society. Price index data from 1634 to 1773 is from the American Antiquarian Society, using British pound equivalents.


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