Purchasing Power Today of a US Dollar Transaction in the Past

Enter the amount of the transaction:

and the year* it took place:

*You can enter any year between 1790 and 2018. Before 1792 there was no US dollar.

The answer you get will use the latest value of the CPI (published September 14, 2021) compared to the CPI in the year you are interested in.

It will also point out that this may not be the best answer and that you should consider other indexes of relative worth.

For more information on this issue, consult Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a US Dollar Amount, 1790 - Present where you will find a more extensive discussion of how to compute relative worth with many examples. That is also the comparator we recommend to be used for used in scholarly articles as the results from this comparator will change every month, and will not be reproducible.


Samuel H. Williamson, "Purchasing Power Today of a US Dollar Transaction in the Past," MeasuringWorth, .

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