$100 in 1801 is worth $2,472.98 today

The U.S. dollar has lost 96% its value since 1801

Updated: June 12, 2024

$100 in 1801 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $2,472.98 today, an increase of $2,372.98 over 223 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 1.45% per year between 1801 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 2,372.98%.

This means that today's prices are 24.73 times as high as average prices since 1801, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 4.044% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1801 was 0.79%. The current inflation rate compared to the end of last year is now 3.27%. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $103.27 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest inflation rates.


Inflation from 1801 to 2024
Cumulative price change2,372.98%
Average inflation rate1.45%
Converted amount
$100 base
$2,472.98
Price difference
$100 base
$2,372.98
CPI in 180112.700
CPI in 2024314.069
Inflation in 18010.79%
Inflation in 20243.27%
$100 in 1801$2,472.98 in 2024

USD inflation since 1801
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1801

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1801 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $2,472.98 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $2,472.98 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 1801 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 223 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: 1801-2024
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1801$100.000.79%
1802$84.25-15.75%
1803$88.985.61%
1804$92.914.42%
1805$92.13-0.85%
1806$96.064.27%
1807$91.34-4.92%
1808$99.218.62%
1809$96.85-2.38%
1810$96.850.00%
1811$103.156.50%
1812$104.721.53%
1813$125.9820.30%
1814$138.5810.00%
1815$121.26-12.50%
1816$111.02-8.44%
1817$104.72-5.67%
1818$100.00-4.51%
1819$100.000.00%
1820$92.13-7.87%
1821$88.98-3.42%
1822$92.133.54%
1823$82.68-10.26%
1824$76.38-7.62%
1825$77.952.06%
1826$77.950.00%
1827$78.741.01%
1828$74.80-5.00%
1829$73.23-2.11%
1830$72.44-1.08%
1831$68.50-5.43%
1832$67.72-1.15%
1833$66.14-2.33%
1834$67.722.38%
1835$69.292.33%
1836$73.235.68%
1837$75.593.23%
1838$73.23-3.12%
1839$73.230.00%
1840$68.50-6.45%
1841$68.500.00%
1842$64.57-5.75%
1843$58.27-9.76%
1844$59.061.35%
1845$59.841.33%
1846$60.631.32%
1847$64.576.49%
1848$62.20-3.66%
1849$60.63-2.53%
1850$61.421.30%
1851$60.63-1.28%
1852$60.630.00%
1853$60.630.00%
1854$66.149.09%
1855$68.503.57%
1856$66.93-2.30%
1857$68.502.35%
1858$64.57-5.75%
1859$65.351.22%
1860$65.350.00%
1861$69.296.02%
1862$79.5314.77%
1863$99.2124.75%
1864$123.6224.60%
1865$128.353.82%
1866$125.20-2.45%
1867$116.54-6.92%
1868$111.81-4.05%
1869$107.09-4.23%
1870$103.15-3.68%
1871$96.06-6.87%
1872$96.060.00%
1873$94.49-1.64%
1874$89.76-5.00%
1875$86.61-3.51%
1876$84.25-2.73%
1877$82.68-1.87%
1878$78.74-4.76%
1879$78.740.00%
1880$80.312.00%
1881$80.310.00%
1882$80.310.00%
1883$79.53-0.98%
1884$77.17-2.97%
1885$76.38-1.02%
1886$74.02-3.09%
1887$74.801.06%
1888$74.800.00%
1889$72.44-3.16%
1890$71.65-1.09%
1891$71.650.00%
1892$71.650.00%
1893$70.87-1.10%
1894$67.72-4.44%
1895$66.14-2.33%
1896$66.140.00%
1897$65.35-1.19%
1898$65.350.00%
1899$65.350.00%
1900$66.141.20%
1901$66.931.19%
1902$67.721.18%
1903$69.292.33%
1904$70.081.14%
1905$69.29-1.12%
1906$70.872.27%
1907$74.024.44%
1908$72.44-2.13%
1909$71.65-1.09%
1910$74.804.40%
1911$74.800.00%
1912$76.382.11%
1913$77.952.06%
1914$78.741.01%
1915$79.531.00%
1916$85.837.92%
1917$100.7917.43%
1918$118.9017.97%
1919$136.2214.57%
1920$157.4815.61%
1921$140.94-10.50%
1922$132.28-6.15%
1923$134.651.79%
1924$134.650.00%
1925$137.802.34%
1926$139.371.14%
1927$137.01-1.69%
1928$134.65-1.72%
1929$134.650.00%
1930$131.50-2.34%
1931$119.69-8.98%
1932$107.87-9.87%
1933$102.36-5.11%
1934$105.513.08%
1935$107.872.24%
1936$109.451.46%
1937$113.393.60%
1938$111.02-2.08%
1939$109.45-1.42%
1940$110.240.72%
1941$115.755.00%
1942$128.3510.88%
1943$136.226.13%
1944$138.581.73%
1945$141.732.27%
1946$153.548.33%
1947$175.5914.36%
1948$189.768.07%
1949$187.40-1.24%
1950$189.761.26%
1951$204.727.88%
1952$208.661.92%
1953$210.240.75%
1954$211.810.75%
1955$211.02-0.37%
1956$214.171.49%
1957$221.263.31%
1958$227.562.85%
1959$229.130.69%
1960$233.071.72%
1961$235.431.01%
1962$237.801.00%
1963$240.941.32%
1964$244.091.31%
1965$248.031.61%
1966$255.122.86%
1967$262.993.09%
1968$274.024.19%
1969$288.985.46%
1970$305.515.72%
1971$318.904.38%
1972$329.133.21%
1973$349.616.22%
1974$388.1911.04%
1975$423.629.13%
1976$448.035.76%
1977$477.176.50%
1978$513.397.59%
1979$571.6511.35%
1980$648.8213.50%
1981$715.7510.32%
1982$759.846.16%
1983$784.253.21%
1984$818.114.32%
1985$847.243.56%
1986$862.991.86%
1987$894.493.65%
1988$931.504.14%
1989$976.384.82%
1990$1,029.135.40%
1991$1,072.444.21%
1992$1,104.723.01%
1993$1,137.802.99%
1994$1,166.932.56%
1995$1,200.002.83%
1996$1,235.432.95%
1997$1,263.782.29%
1998$1,283.461.56%
1999$1,311.812.21%
2000$1,355.913.36%
2001$1,394.492.85%
2002$1,416.541.58%
2003$1,448.822.28%
2004$1,487.402.66%
2005$1,537.803.39%
2006$1,587.403.23%
2007$1,632.612.85%
2008$1,695.303.84%
2009$1,689.27-0.36%
2010$1,716.981.64%
2011$1,771.173.16%
2012$1,807.832.07%
2013$1,834.311.46%
2014$1,864.061.62%
2015$1,866.280.12%
2016$1,889.821.26%
2017$1,930.082.13%
2018$1,978.192.49%
2019$2,013.051.76%
2020$2,037.891.23%
2021$2,133.624.70%
2022$2,304.388.00%
2023$2,399.234.12%
2024$2,472.983.07%*
* 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 1801 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 2,372.98% change in prices:

Conversion: 1801 dollars today
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1801$24.73 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1801$123.65 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1801$247.30 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1801$1,236.49 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1801$2,472.98 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1801$12,364.92 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1801$24,729.84 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1801$123,649.21 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1801$247,298.43 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1801$1,236,492.13 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1801$2,472,984.25 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1801$12,364,921.26 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1801$24,729,842.52 dollars today

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1801 would be equivalent to £9,385.01 in 2024, an absolute change of £9,285.01 and a cumulative change of 9,285.01%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $2,372.98 and total percent change of 2,372.98%.


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 1801 and 2024.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.45% per year:

CategoryAvg Inflation (%)Total Inflation (%)$100 in 1801 → 2024
Food and beverages3.99617,014.98617,114.98
Housing4.251,081,573.631,081,673.63
Apparel1.987,892.037,992.03
Transportation3.37161,533.04161,633.04
Medical care4.602,284,649.512,284,749.51
Recreation1.371,962.672,062.67
Education and communication1.744,568.564,668.56
Other goods and services4.964,891,585.664,891,685.66

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 1801. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to calculate inflation rate for $100 since 1801

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1801 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1801
×
1801 USD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 12.7 in the year 1801 and 314.069 in 2024:

314.06912.7
×
$100
=
$2,472.98

$100 in 1801 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $2,472.98 in 2024.

To get the total inflation rate for the 223 years between 1801 and 2024, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2024 - CPI in 1801CPI in 1801
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (223 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

314.069 - 12.712.7
×
100
=
2,373%

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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Value of 1801 dollars today | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 14 Jun. 2024, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1801.

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


Ian Webster

About the author

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.

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Inflation from 1801 to 2024
Cumulative price change2,372.98%
Average inflation rate1.45%
Converted amount
$100 base
$2,472.98
Price difference
$100 base
$2,372.98
CPI in 180112.700
CPI in 2024314.069
Inflation in 18010.79%
Inflation in 20243.27%
$100 in 1801$2,472.98 in 2024