👉 You may be interested in $33.31 in 1969 → **2021**

$33.31 in 2018 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $4.87 in 1969, an increase of $-28.44 over 49 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 4.00% per year between 1969 and 2018, producing a cumulative price increase of -85.39%.

This means that prices in 1969 are 85.39% lower than average prices since 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1969 inflation rate was 5.46%. The inflation rate in 2018 was 2.49%. The 2018 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.97% per year between 2018 and 2021.

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Cumulative price change | -85.39% |

Average inflation rate | 4.00% |

Converted amount ($33.31 base) | $4.87 |

Price difference ($33.31 base) | $-28.44 |

CPI in 2018 | 251.230 |

CPI in 1969 | 36.700 |

Inflation in 1969 | 5.46% |

Inflation in 2018 | 2.49% |

$33.31 in 2018 | $4.87 in 1969 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $33.31 in 1969 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $33.31, you would need to end with $4.87 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $33.31 is equivalent to $4.87 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 1969 dollars, the chart below shows how $33.31 is worth less over 49 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 1969 amounts in 2018 dollars, based on the -85.39% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
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$1 dollar in 1969 | $6.85 dollars in 2018 |

$5 dollars in 1969 | $34.23 dollars in 2018 |

$10 dollars in 1969 | $68.46 dollars in 2018 |

$50 dollars in 1969 | $342.28 dollars in 2018 |

$100 dollars in 1969 | $684.55 dollars in 2018 |

$500 dollars in 1969 | $3,422.75 dollars in 2018 |

$1,000 dollars in 1969 | $6,845.50 dollars in 2018 |

$5,000 dollars in 1969 | $34,227.52 dollars in 2018 |

$10,000 dollars in 1969 | $68,455.04 dollars in 2018 |

$50,000 dollars in 1969 | $342,275.20 dollars in 2018 |

$100,000 dollars in 1969 | $684,550.41 dollars in 2018 |

$500,000 dollars in 1969 | $3,422,752.04 dollars in 2018 |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1969 | $6,845,504.09 dollars in 2018 |

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 2018 to 1969 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $33.31):

**San Francisco, California**: 4.34% average rate, $33.31 → $266.70, cumulative change of 700.65%**Seattle, Washington**: 4.22% average rate, $33.31 → $252.84, cumulative change of 659.05%**Boston, Massachusetts**: 4.15% average rate, $33.31 → $243.77, cumulative change of 631.82%**New York**: 4.09% average rate, $33.31 → $237.94, cumulative change of 614.31%**Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas**: 3.93% average rate, $33.31 → $219.92, cumulative change of 560.23%**Philadelphia, Pennsylvania**: 3.92% average rate, $33.31 → $219.42, cumulative change of 558.73%**Houston, Texas**: 3.91% average rate, $33.31 → $218.47, cumulative change of 555.86%**Atlanta, Georgia**: 3.91% average rate, $33.31 → $218.33, cumulative change of 555.45%**Chicago, Illinois**: 3.88% average rate, $33.31 → $215.11, cumulative change of 545.79%**Detroit, Michigan**: 3.81% average rate, $33.31 → $207.82, cumulative change of 523.91%

San Francisco, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 49 years between 1969 and 2018 (4.34%).

Detroit, Michigan experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 49 years between 1969 and 2018 (3.81%).

Note that some locations showing 0% inflation may have not yet reported latest data.

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £33.31 in 2018 would be equivalent to £2.07 in 1969, an absolute change of £-31.24 and a cumulative change of -93.78%.

In Canada, CA$33.31 in 2018 would be equivalent to CA$5.12 in 1969, an absolute change of CA$-28.19 and a cumulative change of -84.63%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $-28.44 and total percent change of -85.39%.

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 2018 and 1969.

Compare these values to the overall average of 4.00% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $33.31 in 1969 → 2018 |
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Food and beverages | 3.95 | 565.85 | 221.79 |

Housing | 4.23 | 660.05 | 253.17 |

Apparel | 1.63 | 121.10 | 73.65 |

Transportation | 3.69 | 490.73 | 196.77 |

Medical care | 5.71 | 1,418.36 | 505.77 |

Recreation | 1.09 | 70.00 | 56.63 |

Education and communication | 1.89 | 150.81 | 83.54 |

Other goods and services | 5.10 | 1,042.44 | 380.55 |

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 2018. 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 1969 and 2018:

CPI in 1969
CPI in 2018

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2018 USD value

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1969 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 251.23 in the year 2018 and 36.7 in 1969:

36.7251.23

×

$33.31

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$33.31 in 2018 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $4.87 in 1969.

To get the total inflation rate for the 49 years between 1969 and 2018, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1969 - CPI in 2018CPI in 2018

×

100

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Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

36.7 - 251.23251.23

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100

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The above data describe the CPI for all items. Also of note is the **Core CPI**, which measures inflation for all items except for the more volatile categories of food and energy.
Core inflation averaged 3.96% per year between 2018 and 1969 (vs all-CPI inflation of 4.00%), for an inflation total of 570.34%.

When using the core inflation measurement, $33.31 in 2018 is equivalent in buying power to $223.29 in 1969, a difference of $189.98. Recall that for All Items, the converted amount is $4.87 with a difference of $-28.44.

In 2018, core inflation was 5.80%.

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: “$33.31 in 2018 → 1969 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Oct. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/2018-dollars-in-1969?amount=33.31.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

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

Cumulative price change | -85.39% |

Average inflation rate | 4.00% |

Converted amount ($33.31 base) | $4.87 |

Price difference ($33.31 base) | $-28.44 |

CPI in 2018 | 251.230 |

CPI in 1969 | 36.700 |

Inflation in 1969 | 5.46% |

Inflation in 2018 | 2.49% |

$33.31 in 2018 | $4.87 in 1969 |