# Value of 1996 US Dollars today

\$100 in 1996

\$167.68 in 2020

The inflation rate in the United States between 1996 and today has been 67.68%, which translates into a total increase of \$67.68. This means that 100 dollars in 1996 are equivalent to 167.68 dollars in 2020. In other words, the purchasing power of \$100 in 1996 equals \$167.68 today. The average annual inflation rate has been 2.09%.

## Inflation timeline in the United States (1996-2020)

The following chart depicts the equivalence of \$100 throughout the years due to 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 obtained by estimating figures from recent trends.

The following table contains relevant indicators:

Indicator Value
Total Inflation (1996-2020) 67.41%
Total Inflation* 67.68%
Annual inflation avg. (1996-2020) 2.17%
Annual inflation avg.* 2.09%
CPI 1996 64.76
CPI 2020 108.42
CPI today* 108.59
\$1 in 1996 \$1.67 in 2020

* Values extrapolated from the last official data to obtain today's values.

## 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 compound interest formula or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula.

#### Using the compound interest formula

Given that money changes with time as a result of an inflation rate that acts as a compound interest, the following formula can be used: 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 24 years between 1996 and 2020 and the average inflation rate has been 2.089%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

FV = PV (1 + i)n = \$100 * (1 + 0.02)24 = \$167.41

#### Using the CPI formula

When the CPI for both start and end years is known, the following formula can be used:

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial

In this case, the CPI in 1996 was 64.76 and the CPI today is 108.59. Therefore,

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial
= \$100 *
108.42/64.76
= \$167.41

### USA inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1996 \$1.68 dollars today
\$5 dollars in 1996 \$8.38 dollars today
\$10 dollars in 1996 \$16.77 dollars today
\$50 dollars in 1996 \$83.84 dollars today
\$100 dollars in 1996 \$167.68 dollars today
\$500 dollars in 1996 \$838.38 dollars today
\$1,000 dollars in 1996 \$1,676.75 dollars today
\$5,000 dollars in 1996 \$8,383.77 dollars today
\$10,000 dollars in 1996 \$16,767.55 dollars today
\$50,000 dollars in 1996 \$83,837.74 dollars today
\$100,000 dollars in 1996 \$167,675.47 dollars today
\$500,000 dollars in 1996 \$838,377.36 dollars today
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1996 \$1,676,754.72 dollars today

Period Value
1996 100
1997 103.32
1998 105.08
1999 106.78
2000 109.64
2001 113.36
2002 115.11
2003 117.85
2004 120.07
2005 123.97
2006 128.21
2007 131.47
2008 136.83
2009 136.96
2010 140.68
2011 142.79
2012 147.02
2013 149.58
2014 151.82
2015 152.97
2016 154.09
2017 157.28
2018 160.6
2019 163.67
2020 167.41
Today 167.68