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Value of 1952 US Dollars today

$100 in 1952
$1,185.05 in 2024

The inflation rate in the United States between 1952 and today has been 1,085.05%, which translates into a total increase of $1,085.05. This means that 100 dollars in 1952 are equivalent to 1,185.05 dollars in 2024. In other words, the purchasing power of $100 in 1952 equals $1,185.05 today. The average annual inflation rate between these periods has been 3.49%.

Inflation timeline in the United States (1952 - 2024)

The following chart depicts the equivalence of $100 due to compound inflation and CPI changes. All values are equivalent in terms of purchasing power, which means that for each year the same goods or services could be bought with the indicated amount of money.

All calculations are performed in the local currency (USD) and using 6 decimal digits. Results show only up to 2 decimal digits to favour readability. Inflation data is provided by governments and international institutions on a monthly basis. Today's values were extrapolated from the latest 12-month rolling average official data.

The following table contains relevant indicators:

Indicator Value
Cumulative inflation 1952-2023 1,047.65%
Cumulative inflation 1952-today 1,085.05%
Avg. Annual inflation 1952-2023 3.5%
CPI 1952 26.55
CPI 2023 304.7
CPI 2024-05 (latest official data) 314.07
CPI today 314.63

How to calculate today's value of money after inflation?

There are several ways to calculate the time value of money. Depending on the data available, results can be obtained by using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula or the compound interest formula.

Using the CPI formula

When we have both the start and end years, we can use the following formula:

Valuet =Value0 ×
CPIt/CPI0

To obtain the values equivalent in buying power between 1952 and 2023, use the corresponding CPI values:

Value2023
=Value1952 ×
CPI2023/CPI1952
=$ 100 ×
304.7/26.55
$1,147.65

To obtain the equivalent value today (present value), plug in the CPI for today, which is estimated as 314.63:

Valuetoday
=Value1952 ×
CPItoday/CPI1952
=$ 100 ×
314.63/26.55
$1,185.05

Alternative: Using the compound interest formula

Given that money changes with time as a result of an inflation rate that acts as compound interest, we can use the following formula: FV = PV × (1 + i)n, where:

  • FV: Future Value
  • PV: Present Value
  • i: Interest rate (inflation)
  • n: Number of times the interest is compounded (i.e. # of years)

In this case, the future value represents the final amount obtained after applying the inflation rate to our initial value. In other words, it indicates how much are $100 worth today. There are 71 years between 1952 and 2023 and the average inflation rate was 3.4968%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

Value2023
=PV × (1 + i)n
=$100 × (1 + 0.034968)71
$1,147.65

US inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1952 $11.48 dollars in 2023
$5 dollars in 1952 $57.38 dollars in 2023
$10 dollars in 1952 $114.77 dollars in 2023
$50 dollars in 1952 $573.83 dollars in 2023
$100 dollars in 1952 $1,147.65 dollars in 2023
$500 dollars in 1952 $5,738.26 dollars in 2023
$1,000 dollars in 1952 $11,476.52 dollars in 2023
$5,000 dollars in 1952 $57,382.6 dollars in 2023
$10,000 dollars in 1952 $114,765.19 dollars in 2023
$50,000 dollars in 1952 $573,825.96 dollars in 2023
$100,000 dollars in 1952 $1,147,651.91 dollars in 2023
$500,000 dollars in 1952 $5,738,259.57 dollars in 2023
$1,000,000 dollars in 1952 $11,476,519.15 dollars in 2023
Cumulative inflation From 1952 1,085.05%
Avg. annual inflation From 1952 3.49%
CPI 1952 26.55
CPI today 314.63

Value of Dollar over time (by year)

Period Value
1952 100
1953 100.82
1954 101.13
1955 100.85
1956 102.39
1957 105.81
1958 108.69
1959 109.79
1960 111.39
1961 112.59
1962 113.94
1963 115.35
1964 116.82
1965 118.68
1966 122.25
1967 125.64
1968 131.01
1969 138.17
1970 146.23
1971 152.51
1972 157.5
1973 167.23
1974 185.72
1975 202.7
1976 214.34
1977 228.28
1978 245.7
1979 273.35
1980 310.39
1981 342.47
1982 363.47
1983 375.14
1984 391.27
1985 405.15
1986 412.84
1987 427.97
1988 445.42
1989 466.92
1990 492.12
1991 512.96
1992 528.5
1993 544.1
1994 558.29
1995 573.95
1996 590.77
1997 604.58
1998 613.97
1999 627.4
2000 648.59
2001 666.92
2002 677.5
2003 692.88
2004 711.42
2005 735.56
2006 759.29
2007 780.95
2008 810.93
2009 808.05
2010 821.3
2011 847.23
2012 864.76
2013 877.43
2014 891.66
2015 892.72
2016 903.98
2017 923.24
2018 945.79
2019 962.93
2020 974.81
2021 1,020.6
2022 1,102.28
2023 1,147.65
2024-05 1,182.93
Today 1,185.05

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