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$100 in 1776 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $2,817.47 in 2017, an increase of $2,717.47 over 241 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 1.39% per year between 1776 and 2017, producing a cumulative price increase of 2,717.47%.

This means that prices in 2017 are 28.17 times higher than average prices since 1776, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1776 inflation rate was 12.99%. The inflation rate in 2017 was 2.13%. The 2017 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.07% per year between 2017 and 2021.

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Cumulative price change | 2,717.47% |

Average inflation rate | 1.39% |

Converted amount ($100 base) | $2,817.47 |

Price difference ($100 base) | $2,717.47 |

CPI in 1776 | 8.700 |

CPI in 2017 | 245.120 |

Inflation in 1776 | 12.99% |

Inflation in 2017 | 2.13% |

$100 in 1776 | $2,817.47 in 2017 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1776 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $2,817.47 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $2,817.47 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.S. dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1776 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 241 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

This conversion table shows various other 1776 amounts in 2017 dollars, based on the 2,717.47% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
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$1 dollar in 1776 | $28.17 dollars in 2017 |

$5 dollars in 1776 | $140.87 dollars in 2017 |

$10 dollars in 1776 | $281.75 dollars in 2017 |

$50 dollars in 1776 | $1,408.74 dollars in 2017 |

$100 dollars in 1776 | $2,817.47 dollars in 2017 |

$500 dollars in 1776 | $14,087.36 dollars in 2017 |

$1,000 dollars in 1776 | $28,174.71 dollars in 2017 |

$5,000 dollars in 1776 | $140,873.56 dollars in 2017 |

$10,000 dollars in 1776 | $281,747.13 dollars in 2017 |

$50,000 dollars in 1776 | $1,408,735.63 dollars in 2017 |

$100,000 dollars in 1776 | $2,817,471.26 dollars in 2017 |

$500,000 dollars in 1776 | $14,087,356.32 dollars in 2017 |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1776 | $28,174,712.64 dollars in 2017 |

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1776 would be equivalent to £15,578.26 in 2017, an absolute change of £15,478.26 and a cumulative change of 15,478.26%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $2,717.47 and total percent change of 2,717.47%.

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1776 and 2017.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.39% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $100 in 1776 → 2017 |
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Food and beverages | 4.01 | 1,302,672.76 | 1,302,772.76 |

Housing | 4.29 | 2,477,964.37 | 2,478,064.37 |

Apparel | 2.07 | 13,878.72 | 13,978.72 |

Transportation | 3.29 | 243,192.76 | 243,292.76 |

Medical care | 4.80 | 8,006,200.00 | 8,006,300.00 |

Recreation | 1.11 | 1,342.50 | 1,442.50 |

Education and communication | 1.97 | 10,788.98 | 10,888.98 |

Other goods and services | 5.15 | 18,174,654.97 | 18,174,754.97 |

The graph below compares inflation in categories of goods over time. Click on a category such as "Food" to toggle it on or off:

For all these visualizations, it's important to note that not all categories may have been tracked since 1776. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1776 and 2017:

CPI in 2017
CPI in 1776

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1776 USD value

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2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.7 in the year 1776 and 245.12 in 2017:

245.128.7

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$100

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$100 in 1776 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $2,817.47 in 2017.

To get the total inflation rate for the 241 years between 1776 and 2017, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2017 - CPI in 1776CPI in 1776

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100

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Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

245.12 - 8.78.7

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100

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Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

- Austria outlaws interrogation and torture.
- Thomas Paine issues Common Sense, a pamphlet advocating American independence.
- 56 people formally sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence
- The United States Congress officially releases the Declaration of Independence.
- United States of America gets its official name
- British troops capture Fort Washington.

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “1776 dollars in 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 2 Dec. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/1776-dollars-in-2017.

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in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

Cumulative price change | 2,717.47% |

Average inflation rate | 1.39% |

Converted amount ($100 base) | $2,817.47 |

Price difference ($100 base) | $2,717.47 |

CPI in 1776 | 8.700 |

CPI in 2017 | 245.120 |

Inflation in 1776 | 12.99% |

Inflation in 2017 | 2.13% |

$100 in 1776 | $2,817.47 in 2017 |