The U.S. Inflation Calculator measures the dollar's buying power over time.

Inflation Calculator

  If in (enter year)  
  I purchased an item for $    
  then in (enter year)  
  that same item would cost:  
  Cumulative rate of inflation:  

Learn how this calculator works. The US Inflation Calculator uses the latest US government CPI data published on Sept. 13 to adjust and calculate for inflation through Aug. (See recent inflation rates.) The U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics will release inflation data for September on Oct. 12.