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Value of 1990 US Dollars today

$100 in 1990
$222.42 in 2022

The inflation rate in the United States between 1990 and today has been 122.42%, which translates into a total increase of $122.42. This means that 100 dollars in 1990 are equivalent to 222.42 dollars in 2022. In other words, the purchasing power of $100 in 1990 equals $222.42 today. The average annual inflation rate between these periods has been 2.53%.

Inflation timeline in the United States (1990 - 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 1990-2021 107.39%
Cumulative inflation 1990-today 122.42%
Avg. Annual inflation 1990-2021 2.38%
CPI 1990 55.13
CPI 2021 114.33
CPI 2022-04 (latest official data) 121.98
CPI today 122.61

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 1990 and 2021, use the corresponding CPI values:

Value2021
=Value1990 ×
CPI2021/CPI1990
=$ 100 ×
114.33/55.13
$207.39

To obtain the equivalent value today (present value), plug in the CPI for today, which is estimated as 122.61:

Valuetoday
=Value1990 ×
CPItoday/CPI1990
=$ 100 ×
122.61/55.13
$222.42

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 31 years between 1990 and 2021 and the average inflation rate was 2.3809%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

Value2021
=PV × (1 + i)n
=$100 × (1 + 0.023809)31
$207.39

US inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1990 $2.07 dollars in 2021
$5 dollars in 1990 $10.37 dollars in 2021
$10 dollars in 1990 $20.74 dollars in 2021
$50 dollars in 1990 $103.69 dollars in 2021
$100 dollars in 1990 $207.39 dollars in 2021
$500 dollars in 1990 $1,036.94 dollars in 2021
$1,000 dollars in 1990 $2,073.88 dollars in 2021
$5,000 dollars in 1990 $10,369.4 dollars in 2021
$10,000 dollars in 1990 $20,738.8 dollars in 2021
$50,000 dollars in 1990 $103,694 dollars in 2021
$100,000 dollars in 1990 $207,388 dollars in 2021
$500,000 dollars in 1990 $1,036,940.01 dollars in 2021
$1,000,000 dollars in 1990 $2,073,880.01 dollars in 2021
Cumulative inflation From 1990 122.42%
Avg. annual inflation From 1990 2.53%
CPI 1990 55.13
CPI today 122.61

Value of Dollar over time (by year)

Period Value
1990 100
1991 104.23
1992 107.39
1993 110.56
1994 113.44
1995 116.63
1996 120.05
1997 122.85
1998 124.76
1999 127.49
2000 131.79
2001 135.52
2002 137.67
2003 140.79
2004 144.56
2005 149.47
2006 154.29
2007 158.69
2008 164.78
2009 164.2
2010 166.89
2011 172.16
2012 175.72
2013 178.29
2014 181.19
2015 181.4
2016 183.69
2017 187.6
2018 192.19
2019 195.67
2020 198.08
2021 207.39
2022-04 221.27
Today 222.42

All available years

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