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Value of 1986 US Dollars today

$100 in 1986
$264.96 in 2022

The inflation rate in the United States between 1986 and today has been 164.96%, which translates into a total increase of $164.96. This means that 100 dollars in 1986 are equivalent to 264.96 dollars in 2022. In other words, the purchasing power of $100 in 1986 equals $264.96 today. The average annual inflation rate between these periods has been 2.74%.

Inflation timeline in the United States (1986 - 2022)

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 1986-2021 147.22%
Cumulative inflation 1986-today 164.96%
Avg. Annual inflation 1986-2021 2.62%
CPI 1986 46.24
CPI 2021 114.33
CPI 2022-04 (latest official data) 121.98
CPI today 122.53

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 1986 and 2021, use the corresponding CPI values:

Value2021
=Value1986 ×
CPI2021/CPI1986
=$ 100 ×
114.33/46.24
$247.22

To obtain the equivalent value today (present value), plug in the CPI for today, which is estimated as 122.53:

Valuetoday
=Value1986 ×
CPItoday/CPI1986
=$ 100 ×
122.53/46.24
$264.96

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 35 years between 1986 and 2021 and the average inflation rate was 2.6197%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

Value2021
=PV × (1 + i)n
=$100 × (1 + 0.026197)35
$247.22

US inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1986 $2.47 dollars in 2021
$5 dollars in 1986 $12.36 dollars in 2021
$10 dollars in 1986 $24.72 dollars in 2021
$50 dollars in 1986 $123.61 dollars in 2021
$100 dollars in 1986 $247.22 dollars in 2021
$500 dollars in 1986 $1,236.08 dollars in 2021
$1,000 dollars in 1986 $2,472.16 dollars in 2021
$5,000 dollars in 1986 $12,360.81 dollars in 2021
$10,000 dollars in 1986 $24,721.63 dollars in 2021
$50,000 dollars in 1986 $123,608.14 dollars in 2021
$100,000 dollars in 1986 $247,216.29 dollars in 2021
$500,000 dollars in 1986 $1,236,081.45 dollars in 2021
$1,000,000 dollars in 1986 $2,472,162.89 dollars in 2021
Cumulative inflation From 1986 164.96%
Avg. annual inflation From 1986 2.74%
CPI 1986 46.24
CPI today 122.53

Value of Dollar over time (by year)

Period Value
1986 100
1987 103.66
1988 107.89
1989 113.1
1990 119.2
1991 124.25
1992 128.02
1993 131.8
1994 135.23
1995 139.03
1996 143.1
1997 146.45
1998 148.72
1999 151.97
2000 157.1
2001 161.54
2002 164.11
2003 167.83
2004 172.33
2005 178.17
2006 183.92
2007 189.17
2008 196.43
2009 195.73
2010 198.94
2011 205.22
2012 209.47
2013 212.54
2014 215.98
2015 216.24
2016 218.97
2017 223.63
2018 229.09
2019 233.25
2020 236.12
2021 247.22
2022-04 263.77
Today 264.96

All available years

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