# \$225 in 1854 is worth \$7,094.92 today

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## Value of \$225 from 1854 to 2021

\$225 in 1854 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$7,094.92 today, an increase of \$6,869.92 over 167 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 2.09% per year between 1854 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 3,053.30%.

This means that today's prices are 31.53 times higher than average prices since 1854, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 3.17% of what it could buy back then.

The 1854 inflation rate was 9.09%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 2.62%1. If this number holds, \$225 today will be equivalent in buying power to \$230.89 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest inflation rates.

 Cumulative price change 3,053.30% Average inflation rate 2.09% Converted amount (\$225 base) \$7,094.92 Price difference (\$225 base) \$6,869.92 CPI in 1854 8.400 CPI in 2021 264.877 Inflation in 1854 9.09% Inflation in 2021 2.62% \$225 in 1854 \$7,094.92 in 2021

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

## Buying power of \$225 in 1854

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$225 in 1854 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with \$225, you would need to end with \$7,094.92 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$225 is equivalent to \$7,094.92 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 1854 dollars, the chart below shows how \$225 is worth less over 167 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: 1854-2021
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1854 \$225.00 9.09%
1855 \$233.04 3.57%
1856 \$227.68 -2.30%
1857 \$233.04 2.35%
1858 \$219.64 -5.75%
1859 \$222.32 1.22%
1860 \$222.32 0.00%
1861 \$235.71 6.02%
1862 \$270.54 14.77%
1863 \$337.50 24.75%
1864 \$420.54 24.60%
1865 \$436.61 3.82%
1866 \$425.89 -2.45%
1867 \$396.43 -6.92%
1868 \$380.36 -4.05%
1869 \$364.29 -4.23%
1870 \$350.89 -3.68%
1871 \$326.79 -6.87%
1872 \$326.79 0.00%
1873 \$321.43 -1.64%
1874 \$305.36 -5.00%
1875 \$294.64 -3.51%
1876 \$286.61 -2.73%
1877 \$281.25 -1.87%
1878 \$267.86 -4.76%
1879 \$267.86 0.00%
1880 \$273.21 2.00%
1881 \$273.21 0.00%
1882 \$273.21 0.00%
1883 \$270.54 -0.98%
1884 \$262.50 -2.97%
1885 \$259.82 -1.02%
1886 \$251.79 -3.09%
1887 \$254.46 1.06%
1888 \$254.46 0.00%
1889 \$246.43 -3.16%
1890 \$243.75 -1.09%
1891 \$243.75 0.00%
1892 \$243.75 0.00%
1893 \$241.07 -1.10%
1894 \$230.36 -4.44%
1895 \$225.00 -2.33%
1896 \$225.00 0.00%
1897 \$222.32 -1.19%
1898 \$222.32 0.00%
1899 \$222.32 0.00%
1900 \$225.00 1.20%
1901 \$227.68 1.19%
1902 \$230.36 1.18%
1903 \$235.71 2.33%
1904 \$238.39 1.14%
1905 \$235.71 -1.12%
1906 \$241.07 2.27%
1907 \$251.79 4.44%
1908 \$246.43 -2.13%
1909 \$243.75 -1.09%
1910 \$254.46 4.40%
1911 \$254.46 0.00%
1912 \$259.82 2.11%
1913 \$265.18 2.06%
1914 \$267.86 1.01%
1915 \$270.54 1.00%
1916 \$291.96 7.92%
1917 \$342.86 17.43%
1918 \$404.46 17.97%
1919 \$463.39 14.57%
1920 \$535.71 15.61%
1921 \$479.46 -10.50%
1922 \$450.00 -6.15%
1923 \$458.04 1.79%
1924 \$458.04 0.00%
1925 \$468.75 2.34%
1926 \$474.11 1.14%
1927 \$466.07 -1.69%
1928 \$458.04 -1.72%
1929 \$458.04 0.00%
1930 \$447.32 -2.34%
1931 \$407.14 -8.98%
1932 \$366.96 -9.87%
1933 \$348.21 -5.11%
1934 \$358.93 3.08%
1935 \$366.96 2.24%
1936 \$372.32 1.46%
1937 \$385.71 3.60%
1938 \$377.68 -2.08%
1939 \$372.32 -1.42%
1940 \$375.00 0.72%
1941 \$393.75 5.00%
1942 \$436.61 10.88%
1943 \$463.39 6.13%
1944 \$471.43 1.73%
1945 \$482.14 2.27%
1946 \$522.32 8.33%
1947 \$597.32 14.36%
1948 \$645.54 8.07%
1949 \$637.50 -1.24%
1950 \$645.54 1.26%
1951 \$696.43 7.88%
1952 \$709.82 1.92%
1953 \$715.18 0.75%
1954 \$720.54 0.75%
1955 \$717.86 -0.37%
1956 \$728.57 1.49%
1957 \$752.68 3.31%
1958 \$774.11 2.85%
1959 \$779.46 0.69%
1960 \$792.86 1.72%
1961 \$800.89 1.01%
1962 \$808.93 1.00%
1963 \$819.64 1.32%
1964 \$830.36 1.31%
1965 \$843.75 1.61%
1966 \$867.86 2.86%
1967 \$894.64 3.09%
1968 \$932.14 4.19%
1969 \$983.04 5.46%
1970 \$1,039.29 5.72%
1971 \$1,084.82 4.38%
1972 \$1,119.64 3.21%
1973 \$1,189.29 6.22%
1974 \$1,320.54 11.04%
1975 \$1,441.07 9.13%
1976 \$1,524.11 5.76%
1977 \$1,623.21 6.50%
1978 \$1,746.43 7.59%
1979 \$1,944.64 11.35%
1980 \$2,207.14 13.50%
1981 \$2,434.82 10.32%
1982 \$2,584.82 6.16%
1983 \$2,667.86 3.21%
1984 \$2,783.04 4.32%
1985 \$2,882.14 3.56%
1986 \$2,935.71 1.86%
1987 \$3,042.86 3.65%
1988 \$3,168.75 4.14%
1989 \$3,321.43 4.82%
1990 \$3,500.89 5.40%
1991 \$3,648.21 4.21%
1992 \$3,758.04 3.01%
1993 \$3,870.54 2.99%
1994 \$3,969.64 2.56%
1995 \$4,082.14 2.83%
1996 \$4,202.68 2.95%
1997 \$4,299.11 2.29%
1998 \$4,366.07 1.56%
1999 \$4,462.50 2.21%
2000 \$4,612.50 3.36%
2001 \$4,743.75 2.85%
2002 \$4,818.75 1.58%
2003 \$4,928.57 2.28%
2004 \$5,059.82 2.66%
2005 \$5,231.25 3.39%
2006 \$5,400.00 3.23%
2007 \$5,553.80 2.85%
2008 \$5,767.04 3.84%
2009 \$5,746.53 -0.36%
2010 \$5,840.79 1.64%
2011 \$6,025.15 3.16%
2012 \$6,149.84 2.07%
2013 \$6,239.92 1.46%
2014 \$6,341.14 1.62%
2015 \$6,348.67 0.12%
2016 \$6,428.76 1.26%
2017 \$6,565.71 2.13%
2018 \$6,729.38 2.49%
2019 \$6,847.97 1.76%
2020 \$6,932.46 1.23%
2021 \$7,094.92 2.34%*
* 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 1854 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 3,053.30% change in prices:

Conversion: 1854 dollars today
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1854 \$31.53 dollars today
\$5 dollars in 1854 \$157.66 dollars today
\$10 dollars in 1854 \$315.33 dollars today
\$50 dollars in 1854 \$1,576.65 dollars today
\$100 dollars in 1854 \$3,153.30 dollars today
\$500 dollars in 1854 \$15,766.49 dollars today
\$1,000 dollars in 1854 \$31,532.98 dollars today
\$5,000 dollars in 1854 \$157,664.88 dollars today
\$10,000 dollars in 1854 \$315,329.76 dollars today
\$50,000 dollars in 1854 \$1,576,648.81 dollars today
\$100,000 dollars in 1854 \$3,153,297.62 dollars today
\$500,000 dollars in 1854 \$15,766,488.10 dollars today
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1854 \$31,532,976.19 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 1854 and 2021.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.09% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$225 in 1854 → 2021
Food and beverages 3.86 55,783.35 125,737.55
Housing 4.14 87,322.57 196,700.78
Apparel 1.95 2,401.42 5,628.20
Transportation 3.18 18,625.76 42,132.96
Medical care 4.69 209,554.50 471,722.63
Recreation 1.08 502.12 1,354.78
Education and communication 1.81 1,907.23 4,516.28
Other goods and services 4.92 306,410.65 689,648.96

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 1854. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$225 since 1854

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1854 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1854
×
1854 USD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.4 in the year 1854 and 264.877 in 2021:

264.8778.4
×
\$225
=
\$7,094.92

\$225 in 1854 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$7,094.92 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 167 years between 1854 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1854CPI in 1854
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (167 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

264.877 - 8.48.4
×
100
=
3,053%

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

• The Republican Party is formally founded at Ripon, Wisconsin.
• War is declared against Russia (Crimean War) by France and Great Britain.
• The Light Brigade is stormed during Battle of Balaclava leaving 409 dead.
• More than 20 goldminers are killed at at Ballarat, Victoria, for rising up against mining licences. The goldminers were killed by state troopers and the event became known as the Eureka Stockade.

## 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: “\$225 in 1854 → 2021 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Apr. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1854?amount=225.

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