# \$100 in 1646 is worth \$5,418.40 today

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## The U.S. dollar has lost 98% its value since 1646

Updated: November 10, 2022

\$100 in 1646 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$5,418.40 today, an increase of \$5,318.40 over 376 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 1.07% per year between 1646 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 5,318.40%.

This means that today's prices are 54.18 times higher than average prices since 1646, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 1.846% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1646 was -37.50%. The current inflation rate compared to last year is now 7.75%. If this number holds, \$100 today will be equivalent in buying power to \$107.75 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest inflation rates.

 Cumulative price change 5,318.40% Average inflation rate 1.07% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$5,418.40 Price difference (\$100 base) \$5,318.40 CPI in 1646 5.500 CPI in 2022 298.012 Inflation in 1646 -37.50% Inflation in 2022 7.75% \$100 in 1646 \$5,418.40 in 2022

USD inflation since 1646
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

## Buying power of \$100 in 1646

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1646 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$5,418.40 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$5,418.40 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 1646 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 is worth less over 376 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: 1646-2022
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1646\$100.00-37.50%
1647\$74.55-25.45%
1648\$132.7378.05%
1649\$194.5546.58%
1650\$103.64-46.73%
1651\$138.1833.33%
1652\$109.09-21.05%
1653\$141.8230.00%
1654\$141.820.00%
1655\$136.36-3.85%
1656\$134.55-1.33%
1657\$109.09-18.92%
1658\$70.91-35.00%
1659\$80.0012.82%
1660\$90.9113.64%
1661\$76.36-16.00%
1662\$81.827.14%
1663\$81.820.00%
1664\$81.820.00%
1665\$69.09-15.56%
1666\$69.090.00%
1667\$74.557.89%
1668\$78.184.88%
1669\$72.73-6.98%
1670\$72.730.00%
1671\$72.730.00%
1672\$72.730.00%
1673\$70.91-2.50%
1674\$74.555.13%
1675\$65.45-12.20%
1676\$67.272.78%
1677\$69.092.70%
1678\$65.45-5.26%
1679\$65.450.00%
1680\$76.3616.67%
1681\$80.004.76%
1682\$67.27-15.91%
1683\$67.270.00%
1684\$67.270.00%
1685\$74.5510.81%
1686\$69.09-7.32%
1687\$69.090.00%
1688\$63.64-7.89%
1689\$65.452.86%
1690\$67.272.78%
1691\$70.915.41%
1692\$65.45-7.69%
1693\$61.82-5.56%
1694\$65.455.88%
1695\$61.82-5.56%
1696\$72.7317.65%
1697\$72.730.00%
1698\$69.09-5.00%
1699\$76.3610.53%
1700\$74.55-2.38%
1701\$78.184.88%
1702\$70.91-9.30%
1703\$70.910.00%
1704\$83.6417.95%
1705\$76.36-8.70%
1706\$81.827.14%
1707\$78.18-4.44%
1708\$65.45-16.28%
1709\$81.8225.00%
1710\$74.55-8.89%
1711\$72.73-2.44%
1712\$69.09-5.00%
1713\$74.557.89%
1714\$67.27-9.76%
1715\$80.0018.92%
1716\$74.55-6.82%
1717\$81.829.76%
1718\$74.55-8.89%
1719\$81.829.76%
1720\$76.36-6.67%
1721\$72.73-4.76%
1722\$74.552.50%
1723\$76.362.44%
1724\$78.182.38%
1725\$90.9116.28%
1726\$85.45-6.00%
1727\$90.916.38%
1728\$83.64-8.00%
1729\$83.640.00%
1730\$83.640.00%
1731\$76.36-8.70%
1732\$69.09-9.52%
1733\$70.912.63%
1734\$69.09-2.56%
1735\$72.735.26%
1736\$69.09-5.00%
1737\$72.735.26%
1738\$74.552.50%
1739\$67.27-9.76%
1740\$70.915.41%
1741\$118.1866.67%
1742\$105.45-10.77%
1743\$94.55-10.34%
1744\$87.27-7.69%
1745\$83.64-4.17%
1746\$87.274.35%
1747\$96.3610.42%
1748\$114.5518.87%
1749\$116.361.59%
1750\$116.360.00%
1751\$116.360.00%
1752\$120.003.12%
1753\$116.36-3.03%
1754\$110.91-4.69%
1755\$109.09-1.64%
1756\$105.45-3.33%
1757\$112.736.90%
1758\$121.828.06%
1759\$143.6417.91%
1760\$138.18-3.80%
1761\$125.45-9.21%
1762\$136.368.70%
1763\$136.360.00%
1764\$127.27-6.67%
1765\$130.912.86%
1766\$140.006.94%
1767\$138.18-1.30%
1768\$130.91-5.26%
1769\$138.185.56%
1770\$149.097.89%
1771\$141.82-4.88%
1772\$165.4516.67%
1773\$156.36-5.49%
1774\$147.27-5.81%
1775\$140.00-4.94%
1776\$158.1812.99%
1777\$192.7321.84%
1778\$250.9130.19%
1779\$221.82-11.59%
1780\$249.0912.30%
1781\$201.82-18.98%
1782\$220.009.01%
1783\$192.73-12.40%
1784\$185.45-3.77%
1785\$176.36-4.90%
1786\$172.73-2.06%
1787\$169.09-2.11%
1788\$161.82-4.30%
1789\$160.00-1.12%
1790\$167.274.55%
1791\$170.912.17%
1792\$174.552.13%
1793\$180.003.13%
1794\$200.0011.11%
1795\$229.0914.55%
1796\$240.004.76%
1797\$230.91-3.79%
1798\$223.64-3.15%
1799\$223.640.00%
1800\$229.092.44%
1801\$230.910.79%
1802\$194.55-15.75%
1803\$205.455.61%
1804\$214.554.42%
1805\$212.73-0.85%
1806\$221.824.27%
1807\$210.91-4.92%
1808\$229.098.62%
1809\$223.64-2.38%
1810\$223.640.00%
1811\$238.186.50%
1812\$241.821.53%
1813\$290.9120.30%
1814\$320.0010.00%
1815\$280.00-12.50%
1816\$256.36-8.44%
1817\$241.82-5.67%
1818\$230.91-4.51%
1819\$230.910.00%
1820\$212.73-7.87%
1821\$205.45-3.42%
1822\$212.733.54%
1823\$190.91-10.26%
1824\$176.36-7.62%
1825\$180.002.06%
1826\$180.000.00%
1827\$181.821.01%
1828\$172.73-5.00%
1829\$169.09-2.11%
1830\$167.27-1.08%
1831\$158.18-5.43%
1832\$156.36-1.15%
1833\$152.73-2.33%
1834\$156.362.38%
1835\$160.002.33%
1836\$169.095.68%
1837\$174.553.23%
1838\$169.09-3.12%
1839\$169.090.00%
1840\$158.18-6.45%
1841\$158.180.00%
1842\$149.09-5.75%
1843\$134.55-9.76%
1844\$136.361.35%
1845\$138.181.33%
1846\$140.001.32%
1847\$149.096.49%
1848\$143.64-3.66%
1849\$140.00-2.53%
1850\$141.821.30%
1851\$140.00-1.28%
1852\$140.000.00%
1853\$140.000.00%
1854\$152.739.09%
1855\$158.183.57%
1856\$154.55-2.30%
1857\$158.182.35%
1858\$149.09-5.75%
1859\$150.911.22%
1860\$150.910.00%
1861\$160.006.02%
1862\$183.6414.77%
1863\$229.0924.75%
1864\$285.4524.60%
1865\$296.363.82%
1866\$289.09-2.45%
1867\$269.09-6.92%
1868\$258.18-4.05%
1869\$247.27-4.23%
1870\$238.18-3.68%
1871\$221.82-6.87%
1872\$221.820.00%
1873\$218.18-1.64%
1874\$207.27-5.00%
1875\$200.00-3.51%
1876\$194.55-2.73%
1877\$190.91-1.87%
1878\$181.82-4.76%
1879\$181.820.00%
1880\$185.452.00%
1881\$185.450.00%
1882\$185.450.00%
1883\$183.64-0.98%
1884\$178.18-2.97%
1885\$176.36-1.02%
1886\$170.91-3.09%
1887\$172.731.06%
1888\$172.730.00%
1889\$167.27-3.16%
1890\$165.45-1.09%
1891\$165.450.00%
1892\$165.450.00%
1893\$163.64-1.10%
1894\$156.36-4.44%
1895\$152.73-2.33%
1896\$152.730.00%
1897\$150.91-1.19%
1898\$150.910.00%
1899\$150.910.00%
1900\$152.731.20%
1901\$154.551.19%
1902\$156.361.18%
1903\$160.002.33%
1904\$161.821.14%
1905\$160.00-1.12%
1906\$163.642.27%
1907\$170.914.44%
1908\$167.27-2.13%
1909\$165.45-1.09%
1910\$172.734.40%
1911\$172.730.00%
1912\$176.362.11%
1913\$180.002.06%
1914\$181.821.01%
1915\$183.641.00%
1916\$198.187.92%
1917\$232.7317.43%
1918\$274.5517.97%
1919\$314.5514.57%
1920\$363.6415.61%
1921\$325.45-10.50%
1922\$305.45-6.15%
1923\$310.911.79%
1924\$310.910.00%
1925\$318.182.34%
1926\$321.821.14%
1927\$316.36-1.69%
1928\$310.91-1.72%
1929\$310.910.00%
1930\$303.64-2.34%
1931\$276.36-8.98%
1932\$249.09-9.87%
1933\$236.36-5.11%
1934\$243.643.08%
1935\$249.092.24%
1936\$252.731.46%
1937\$261.823.60%
1938\$256.36-2.08%
1939\$252.73-1.42%
1940\$254.550.72%
1941\$267.275.00%
1942\$296.3610.88%
1943\$314.556.13%
1944\$320.001.73%
1945\$327.272.27%
1946\$354.558.33%
1947\$405.4514.36%
1948\$438.188.07%
1949\$432.73-1.24%
1950\$438.181.26%
1951\$472.737.88%
1952\$481.821.92%
1953\$485.450.75%
1954\$489.090.75%
1955\$487.27-0.37%
1956\$494.551.49%
1957\$510.913.31%
1958\$525.452.85%
1959\$529.090.69%
1960\$538.181.72%
1961\$543.641.01%
1962\$549.091.00%
1963\$556.361.32%
1964\$563.641.31%
1965\$572.731.61%
1966\$589.092.86%
1967\$607.273.09%
1968\$632.734.19%
1969\$667.275.46%
1970\$705.455.72%
1971\$736.364.38%
1972\$760.003.21%
1973\$807.276.22%
1974\$896.3611.04%
1975\$978.189.13%
1976\$1,034.555.76%
1977\$1,101.826.50%
1978\$1,185.457.59%
1979\$1,320.0011.35%
1980\$1,498.1813.50%
1981\$1,652.7310.32%
1982\$1,754.556.16%
1983\$1,810.913.21%
1984\$1,889.094.32%
1985\$1,956.363.56%
1986\$1,992.731.86%
1987\$2,065.453.65%
1988\$2,150.914.14%
1989\$2,254.554.82%
1990\$2,376.365.40%
1991\$2,476.364.21%
1992\$2,550.913.01%
1993\$2,627.272.99%
1994\$2,694.552.56%
1995\$2,770.912.83%
1996\$2,852.732.95%
1997\$2,918.182.29%
1998\$2,963.641.56%
1999\$3,029.092.21%
2000\$3,130.913.36%
2001\$3,220.002.85%
2002\$3,270.911.58%
2003\$3,345.452.28%
2004\$3,434.552.66%
2005\$3,550.913.39%
2006\$3,665.453.23%
2007\$3,769.852.85%
2008\$3,914.603.84%
2009\$3,900.67-0.36%
2010\$3,964.651.64%
2011\$4,089.803.16%
2012\$4,174.442.07%
2013\$4,235.581.46%
2014\$4,304.291.62%
2015\$4,309.400.12%
2016\$4,363.761.26%
2017\$4,456.732.13%
2018\$4,567.822.49%
2019\$4,648.321.76%
2020\$4,705.671.23%
2021\$4,926.734.70%
2022\$5,418.409.98%*
* 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 1646 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 5,318.40% change in prices:

Conversion: 1646 dollars today
Initial valueEquivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1646\$54.18 dollars today
\$5 dollars in 1646\$270.92 dollars today
\$10 dollars in 1646\$541.84 dollars today
\$50 dollars in 1646\$2,709.20 dollars today
\$100 dollars in 1646\$5,418.40 dollars today
\$500 dollars in 1646\$27,092.00 dollars today
\$1,000 dollars in 1646\$54,184.00 dollars today
\$5,000 dollars in 1646\$270,920.00 dollars today
\$10,000 dollars in 1646\$541,840.00 dollars today
\$50,000 dollars in 1646\$2,709,200.00 dollars today
\$100,000 dollars in 1646\$5,418,400.00 dollars today
\$500,000 dollars in 1646\$27,092,000.00 dollars today
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1646\$54,184,000.00 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 1646 and 2022.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.07% per year:

CategoryAvg Inflation (%)Total Inflation (%)\$100 in 1646 → 2022
Food and beverages3.99245,492,619.78245,492,719.78
Housing4.22559,840,219.69559,840,319.69
Apparel1.99163,773.02163,873.02
Transportation3.4332,411,941.3832,412,041.38
Medical care4.682,948,470,164.852,948,470,264.85
Recreation1.2510,709.4810,809.48
Education and communication1.8082,239.4582,339.45
Other goods and services4.978,191,108,255.118,191,108,355.11

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 1646. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

## How to calculate inflation rate for \$100 since 1646

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1646 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1646
×
1646 USD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 5.5 in the year 1646 and 298.012 in 2022:

298.0125.5
×
\$100
=
\$5,418.40

\$100 in 1646 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$5,418.40 in 2022.

To get the total inflation rate for the 376 years between 1646 and 2022, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2022 - CPI in 1646CPI in 1646
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (376 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

298.012 - 5.55.5
×
100
=
5,318%

## Data source & citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1634 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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Value of 1646 dollars today | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 2 Dec. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1646.

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