# \$100 in 1795 is worth \$2,046.01 today

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## Value of \$100 from 1795 to 2020

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 1,946.01% higher than average prices since 1795. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.35% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$100 in 1795 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$2,046.01 in 2020, a difference of \$1,946.01 over 225 years.

The 1795 inflation rate was 14.55%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 0.65%1. If this number holds, \$100 today will be equivalent in buying power to \$100.65 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

 Cumulative price change 1,946.01% Average inflation rate 1.35% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$2,046.01 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,946.01 CPI in 1795 12.600 CPI in 2020 257.797 Inflation in 1795 14.55% Inflation in 2020 0.65%

USD Inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

## Buying power of \$100 in 1795

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1795 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$2,046.01 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$2,046.01 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 1795 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 is worth less over 225 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: 1795-2020
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1795 \$100.00 14.55%
1796 \$104.76 4.76%
1797 \$100.79 -3.79%
1798 \$97.62 -3.15%
1799 \$97.62 0.00%
1800 \$100.00 2.44%
1801 \$100.79 0.79%
1802 \$84.92 -15.75%
1803 \$89.68 5.61%
1804 \$93.65 4.42%
1805 \$92.86 -0.85%
1806 \$96.83 4.27%
1807 \$92.06 -4.92%
1808 \$100.00 8.62%
1809 \$97.62 -2.38%
1810 \$97.62 0.00%
1811 \$103.97 6.50%
1812 \$105.56 1.53%
1813 \$126.98 20.30%
1814 \$139.68 10.00%
1815 \$122.22 -12.50%
1816 \$111.90 -8.44%
1817 \$105.56 -5.67%
1818 \$100.79 -4.51%
1819 \$100.79 0.00%
1820 \$92.86 -7.87%
1821 \$89.68 -3.42%
1822 \$92.86 3.54%
1823 \$83.33 -10.26%
1824 \$76.98 -7.62%
1825 \$78.57 2.06%
1826 \$78.57 0.00%
1827 \$79.37 1.01%
1828 \$75.40 -5.00%
1829 \$73.81 -2.11%
1830 \$73.02 -1.08%
1831 \$69.05 -5.43%
1832 \$68.25 -1.15%
1833 \$66.67 -2.33%
1834 \$68.25 2.38%
1835 \$69.84 2.33%
1836 \$73.81 5.68%
1837 \$76.19 3.23%
1838 \$73.81 -3.12%
1839 \$73.81 0.00%
1840 \$69.05 -6.45%
1841 \$69.05 0.00%
1842 \$65.08 -5.75%
1843 \$58.73 -9.76%
1844 \$59.52 1.35%
1845 \$60.32 1.33%
1846 \$61.11 1.32%
1847 \$65.08 6.49%
1848 \$62.70 -3.66%
1849 \$61.11 -2.53%
1850 \$61.90 1.30%
1851 \$61.11 -1.28%
1852 \$61.11 0.00%
1853 \$61.11 0.00%
1854 \$66.67 9.09%
1855 \$69.05 3.57%
1856 \$67.46 -2.30%
1857 \$69.05 2.35%
1858 \$65.08 -5.75%
1859 \$65.87 1.22%
1860 \$65.87 0.00%
1861 \$69.84 6.02%
1862 \$80.16 14.77%
1863 \$100.00 24.75%
1864 \$124.60 24.60%
1865 \$129.37 3.82%
1866 \$126.19 -2.45%
1867 \$117.46 -6.92%
1868 \$112.70 -4.05%
1869 \$107.94 -4.23%
1870 \$103.97 -3.68%
1871 \$96.83 -6.87%
1872 \$96.83 0.00%
1873 \$95.24 -1.64%
1874 \$90.48 -5.00%
1875 \$87.30 -3.51%
1876 \$84.92 -2.73%
1877 \$83.33 -1.87%
1878 \$79.37 -4.76%
1879 \$79.37 0.00%
1880 \$80.95 2.00%
1881 \$80.95 0.00%
1882 \$80.95 0.00%
1883 \$80.16 -0.98%
1884 \$77.78 -2.97%
1885 \$76.98 -1.02%
1886 \$74.60 -3.09%
1887 \$75.40 1.06%
1888 \$75.40 0.00%
1889 \$73.02 -3.16%
1890 \$72.22 -1.09%
1891 \$72.22 0.00%
1892 \$72.22 0.00%
1893 \$71.43 -1.10%
1894 \$68.25 -4.44%
1895 \$66.67 -2.33%
1896 \$66.67 0.00%
1897 \$65.87 -1.19%
1898 \$65.87 0.00%
1899 \$65.87 0.00%
1900 \$66.67 1.20%
1901 \$67.46 1.19%
1902 \$68.25 1.18%
1903 \$69.84 2.33%
1904 \$70.63 1.14%
1905 \$69.84 -1.12%
1906 \$71.43 2.27%
1907 \$74.60 4.44%
1908 \$73.02 -2.13%
1909 \$72.22 -1.09%
1910 \$75.40 4.40%
1911 \$75.40 0.00%
1912 \$76.98 2.11%
1913 \$78.57 2.06%
1914 \$79.37 1.01%
1915 \$80.16 1.00%
1916 \$86.51 7.92%
1917 \$101.59 17.43%
1918 \$119.84 17.97%
1919 \$137.30 14.57%
1920 \$158.73 15.61%
1921 \$142.06 -10.50%
1922 \$133.33 -6.15%
1923 \$135.71 1.79%
1924 \$135.71 0.00%
1925 \$138.89 2.34%
1926 \$140.48 1.14%
1927 \$138.10 -1.69%
1928 \$135.71 -1.72%
1929 \$135.71 0.00%
1930 \$132.54 -2.34%
1931 \$120.63 -8.98%
1932 \$108.73 -9.87%
1933 \$103.17 -5.11%
1934 \$106.35 3.08%
1935 \$108.73 2.24%
1936 \$110.32 1.46%
1937 \$114.29 3.60%
1938 \$111.90 -2.08%
1939 \$110.32 -1.42%
1940 \$111.11 0.72%
1941 \$116.67 5.00%
1942 \$129.37 10.88%
1943 \$137.30 6.13%
1944 \$139.68 1.73%
1945 \$142.86 2.27%
1946 \$154.76 8.33%
1947 \$176.98 14.36%
1948 \$191.27 8.07%
1949 \$188.89 -1.24%
1950 \$191.27 1.26%
1951 \$206.35 7.88%
1952 \$210.32 1.92%
1953 \$211.90 0.75%
1954 \$213.49 0.75%
1955 \$212.70 -0.37%
1956 \$215.87 1.49%
1957 \$223.02 3.31%
1958 \$229.37 2.85%
1959 \$230.95 0.69%
1960 \$234.92 1.72%
1961 \$237.30 1.01%
1962 \$239.68 1.00%
1963 \$242.86 1.32%
1964 \$246.03 1.31%
1965 \$250.00 1.61%
1966 \$257.14 2.86%
1967 \$265.08 3.09%
1968 \$276.19 4.19%
1969 \$291.27 5.46%
1970 \$307.94 5.72%
1971 \$321.43 4.38%
1972 \$331.75 3.21%
1973 \$352.38 6.22%
1974 \$391.27 11.04%
1975 \$426.98 9.13%
1976 \$451.59 5.76%
1977 \$480.95 6.50%
1978 \$517.46 7.59%
1979 \$576.19 11.35%
1980 \$653.97 13.50%
1981 \$721.43 10.32%
1982 \$765.87 6.16%
1983 \$790.48 3.21%
1984 \$824.60 4.32%
1985 \$853.97 3.56%
1986 \$869.84 1.86%
1987 \$901.59 3.65%
1988 \$938.89 4.14%
1989 \$984.13 4.82%
1990 \$1,037.30 5.40%
1991 \$1,080.95 4.21%
1992 \$1,113.49 3.01%
1993 \$1,146.83 2.99%
1994 \$1,176.19 2.56%
1995 \$1,209.52 2.83%
1996 \$1,245.24 2.95%
1997 \$1,273.81 2.29%
1998 \$1,293.65 1.56%
1999 \$1,322.22 2.21%
2000 \$1,366.67 3.36%
2001 \$1,405.56 2.85%
2002 \$1,427.78 1.58%
2003 \$1,460.32 2.28%
2004 \$1,499.21 2.66%
2005 \$1,550.00 3.39%
2006 \$1,600.00 3.23%
2007 \$1,645.57 2.85%
2008 \$1,708.75 3.84%
2009 \$1,702.67 -0.36%
2010 \$1,730.60 1.64%
2011 \$1,785.23 3.16%
2012 \$1,822.17 2.07%
2013 \$1,848.87 1.46%
2014 \$1,878.86 1.62%
2015 \$1,881.09 0.12%
2016 \$1,904.82 1.26%
2017 \$1,945.40 2.13%
2018 \$1,993.89 2.49%
2019 \$2,029.03 1.76%
2020 \$2,046.01 0.84%*
* 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 1795 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 1,946.01% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar today
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1795 \$20.46 dollars today
\$5 dollars in 1795 \$102.30 dollars today
\$10 dollars in 1795 \$204.60 dollars today
\$50 dollars in 1795 \$1,023.00 dollars today
\$100 dollars in 1795 \$2,046.01 dollars today
\$500 dollars in 1795 \$10,230.04 dollars today
\$1,000 dollars in 1795 \$20,460.08 dollars today
\$5,000 dollars in 1795 \$102,300.40 dollars today
\$10,000 dollars in 1795 \$204,600.79 dollars today
\$50,000 dollars in 1795 \$1,023,003.97 dollars today
\$100,000 dollars in 1795 \$2,046,007.94 dollars today
\$500,000 dollars in 1795 \$10,230,039.68 dollars today
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1795 \$20,460,079.37 dollars today

## Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1795 would be equivalent to £12,108.97 in 2020, an absolute change of £12,008.97 and a cumulative change of 12,008.97%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$1,946.01 and total percent change of 1,946.01%.

## 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 1795 and 2020.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.35% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$100 in 1795 → 2020
Food and beverages 3.89 535,732.18 535,832.18
Housing 4.18 1,013,994.77 1,014,094.77
Apparel 1.96 7,863.10 7,963.10
Transportation 3.16 109,909.05 110,009.05
Medical care 5.11 7,449,970.23 7,450,070.23
Recreation 1.10 1,068.72 1,168.72
Education and communication 1.82 5,744.89 5,844.89
Other goods and services 4.98 5,605,230.01 5,605,330.01

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 1795. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100 since 1795

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1795 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1795
×
1795 USD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 12.6 in the year 1795 and 257.797 in 2020:

257.79712.6
×
\$100
=
\$2,046.01

\$100 in 1795 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$2,046.01 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 225 years between 1795 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1795CPI in 1795
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (225 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

257.797 - 12.612.6
×
100
=
1,946%

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

• The British capture Cape town.
• The United States establishes its southern border after signing the Pinckney's Treaty between Spain and US. This treaty also gave America the right to navigate the Mississippi River
• End of oligarchy in Amsterdam after a democratic revolution.

## Data Source & Citation

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: “\$100 in 1795 → 2020 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 4 Aug. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1795?amount=100&endYear=2020.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

 Cumulative price change 1,946.01% Average inflation rate 1.35% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$2,046.01 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,946.01 CPI in 1795 12.600 CPI in 2020 257.797 Inflation in 1795 14.55% Inflation in 2020 0.65%