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The Federal Debt, Budget and Spending
The Constitutional Dollar — What's It Worth Today?

Reorder Data:  Growth in Spending  Spending vs. Population & GDP  Deficits & Debt  
Spending Factored by Population and Inflation  


Year Current Value
of 1789 Dollar
Current Dollars
Needed to Buy
a 1789 Dollar
Cumulative
Inflation
1789 $1.00 $1.00  
1790 $0.96 $1.04 3.8%
1791 $0.94 $1.07 6.6%
1792 $0.92 $1.08 8.5%
1793 $0.89 $1.12 12.3%
1794 $0.80 $1.25 24.5%
1795 $0.70 $1.42 42.5%
1796 $0.67 $1.50 50.0%
1797 $0.69 $1.44 44.3%
1798 $0.72 $1.40 39.6%
1799 $0.72 $1.40 39.6%
1800 $0.70 $1.42 42.5%
1801 $0.69 $1.44 44.3%
1802 $0.82 $1.22 21.7%
1803 $0.78 $1.28 28.3%
1804 $0.75 $1.34 34.0%
1805 $0.75 $1.33 33.0%
1806 $0.72 $1.39 38.7%
1807 $0.76 $1.31 31.1%
1808 $0.70 $1.42 42.5%
1809 $0.72 $1.40 39.6%
1810 $0.72 $1.40 39.6%
1811 $0.67 $1.49 49.1%
1812 $0.66 $1.51 50.9%
1813 $0.55 $1.81 81.1%
1814 $0.50 $1.99 99.1%
1815 $0.57 $1.75 74.5%
1816 $0.63 $1.59 59.4%
1817 $0.66 $1.51 50.9%
1818 $0.69 $1.44 44.3%
1819 $0.69 $1.44 44.3%
1820 $0.75 $1.33 33.0%
1821 $0.78 $1.28 28.3%
1822 $0.75 $1.33 33.0%
1823 $0.84 $1.19 18.9%
1824 $0.91 $1.09 9.4%
1825 $0.89 $1.12 12.3%
1826 $0.89 $1.12 12.3%
1827 $0.88 $1.13 13.2%
1828 $0.93 $1.08 7.5%
1829 $0.95 $1.06 5.7%
1830 $0.95 $1.05 4.7%
1831 $1.02 $0.98 -1.9%
1832 $1.03 $0.97 -2.8%
1833 $1.05 $0.95 -4.7%
1834 $1.03 $0.97 -2.8%
1835 $1.00 $1.00 -.0%
1836 $0.95 $1.06 5.7%
1837 $0.92 $1.08 8.5%
1838 $0.95 $1.06 5.7%
1839 $0.95 $1.06 5.7%
1840 $1.02 $0.98 -1.9%
1841 $1.01 $0.99 -.9%
1842 $1.08 $0.92 -7.5%
1843 $1.19 $0.84 -16.0%
1844 $1.18 $0.85 -15.1%
1845 $1.16 $0.86 -14.2%
1846 $1.15 $0.87 -13.2%
1847 $1.07 $0.93 -6.6%
1848 $1.12 $0.90 -10.4%
1849 $1.15 $0.87 -13.2%
1850 $1.13 $0.89 -11.3%
1851 $1.15 $0.87 -13.2%
1852 $1.14 $0.88 -12.3%
1853 $1.14 $0.88 -12.3%
1854 $1.05 $0.95 -4.7%
1855 $1.02 $0.98 -1.9%
1856 $1.04 $0.96 -3.8%
1857 $1.01 $0.99 -.9%
1858 $1.07 $0.93 -6.6%
1859 $1.06 $0.94 -5.7%
1860 $1.06 $0.94 -5.7%
1861 $1.00 $1.00 -.0%
1862 $0.88 $1.14 14.2%
1863 $0.70 $1.42 42.5%
1864 $0.56 $1.78 78.3%
1865 $0.54 $1.85 84.9%
1866 $0.55 $1.80 80.2%
1867 $0.60 $1.68 67.9%
1868 $0.62 $1.61 61.3%
1869 $0.65 $1.55 54.7%
1870 $0.68 $1.48 48.1%
1871 $0.72 $1.39 38.7%
1872 $0.72 $1.39 38.7%
1873 $0.74 $1.36 35.8%
1874 $0.77 $1.29 29.2%
1875 $0.80 $1.25 24.5%
1876 $0.82 $1.22 21.7%
1877 $0.84 $1.19 18.9%
1878 $0.88 $1.13 13.2%
1879 $0.88 $1.13 13.2%
1880 $0.86 $1.16 16.0%
1881 $0.86 $1.16 16.0%
1882 $0.86 $1.16 16.0%
1883 $0.88 $1.14 14.1%
1884 $0.90 $1.11 11.3%
1885 $0.91 $1.09 9.4%
1886 $0.94 $1.07 6.6%
1887 $0.93 $1.08 7.5%
1888 $0.93 $1.08 7.5%
1889 $0.95 $1.05 4.7%
1890 $0.97 $1.03 2.8%
1891 $0.97 $1.03 2.8%
1892 $0.97 $1.03 2.8%
1893 $0.98 $1.02 1.9%
1894 $1.03 $0.97 -2.8%
1895 $1.05 $0.95 -4.7%
1896 $1.05 $0.95 -4.7%
1897 $1.06 $0.94 -5.7%
1898 $1.06 $0.94 -5.7%
1899 $1.06 $0.94 -5.7%
1900 $1.05 $0.95 -4.7%
1901 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1902 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1903 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1904 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1905 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1906 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1907 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1908 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1909 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1910 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1911 $1.04 $0.96 -3.7%
1912 $0.86 $1.16 15.6%
1913 $0.89 $1.12 11.8%
1914 $0.88 $1.14 13.7%
1915 $0.88 $1.14 13.7%
1916 $0.81 $1.23 23.3%
1917 $0.69 $1.45 44.5%
1918 $0.59 $1.70 69.6%
1919 $0.51 $1.95 94.6%
1920 $0.44 $2.25 125.4%
1921 $0.49 $2.02 102.3%
1922 $0.53 $1.89 88.8%
1923 $0.52 $1.93 92.7%
1924 $0.52 $1.93 92.7%
1925 $0.51 $1.97 96.5%
1926 $0.50 $2.00 100.4%
1927 $0.51 $1.97 96.5%
1928 $0.52 $1.93 92.7%
1929 $0.52 $1.93 92.7%
1930 $0.53 $1.89 88.8%
1931 $0.58 $1.71 71.5%
1932 $0.65 $1.54 54.1%
1933 $0.68 $1.46 46.4%
1934 $0.67 $1.50 50.3%
1935 $0.65 $1.54 54.1%
1936 $0.64 $1.56 56.1%
1937 $0.62 $1.62 61.9%
1938 $0.63 $1.60 59.9%
1939 $0.64 $1.56 56.1%
1940 $0.63 $1.58 58.0%
1941 $0.60 $1.66 65.7%
1942 $0.55 $1.83 83.1%
1943 $0.51 $1.95 94.6%
1944 $0.50 $1.98 98.5%
1945 $0.49 $2.02 102.3%
1946 $0.46 $2.20 119.7%
1947 $0.40 $2.52 152.4%
1948 $0.37 $2.72 171.7%
1949 $0.37 $2.68 167.8%
1950 $0.37 $2.72 171.7%
1951 $0.34 $2.93 192.9%
1952 $0.33 $2.99 198.7%
1953 $0.33 $3.01 200.6%
1954 $0.33 $3.03 202.5%
1955 $0.33 $3.03 202.5%
1956 $0.33 $3.06 206.4%
1957 $0.32 $3.16 216.0%
1958 $0.31 $3.26 225.6%
1959 $0.31 $3.28 227.6%
1960 $0.30 $3.33 233.4%
1961 $0.30 $3.37 237.2%
1962 $0.29 $3.41 241.1%
1963 $0.29 $3.45 244.9%
1964 $0.29 $3.49 248.8%
1965 $0.28 $3.55 254.5%
1966 $0.27 $3.66 266.1%
1967 $0.27 $3.76 275.7%
1968 $0.25 $3.93 293.1%
1969 $0.24 $4.14 314.3%
1970 $0.23 $4.37 337.4%
1971 $0.22 $4.57 356.7%
1972 $0.21 $4.72 372.1%
1973 $0.20 $5.01 401.0%
1974 $0.18 $5.57 456.9%
1975 $0.16 $6.07 507.0%
1976 $0.16 $6.42 541.7%
1977 $0.15 $6.84 584.0%
1978 $0.14 $7.36 636.1%
1979 $0.12 $8.19 718.9%
1980 $0.11 $9.27 826.8%
1981 9.8¢ $10.25 925.1%
1982 9.2¢ $10.89 988.7%
1983 8.9¢ $11.23 1023.4%
1984 8.5¢ $11.72 1071.6%
1985 8.2¢ $12.14 1113.9%
1986 8.1¢ $12.35 1135.1%
1987 7.8¢ $12.81 1181.4%
1988 7.5¢ $13.33 1233.4%
1989 7.1¢ $13.99 1298.9%
1990 6.8¢ $14.74 1374.1%
1991 6.5¢ $15.36 1435.7%
1992 6.3¢ $15.82 1482.0%
1993 6.1¢ $16.30 1530.1%
1994 6.0¢ $16.71 1570.6%
1995 5.8¢ $17.19 1618.8%
1996 5.7¢ $17.69 1668.9%
1997 5.5¢ $18.09 1709.4%
1998 5.4¢ $18.38 1738.3%
1999 5.3¢ $18.79 1778.7%
2000 5.1¢ $19.42 1841.8%
2001 5.0¢ $19.96 1896.2%
2002 4.9¢ $20.28 1928.1%
2003 4.8¢ $20.75 1974.8%
2004 4.7¢ $21.30 2030.0%
2005 4.5¢ $22.02 2102.4%
2006 4.4¢ $22.73 2172.9%
2007 4.3¢ $23.38 2237.7%
2008 4.1¢ $24.28 2327.7%
2009 4.1¢ $24.18 2317.9%
2010 4.1¢ $24.57 2356.6%
2011 3.9¢ $25.35 2435.2%
2012 3.8¢ $26.06 2506.2%
2013 3.7¢ $26.84 2584.4%
2014 3.7¢ $27.38 2638.1%
2015 (est.) 3.6¢ $27.65 2665.5%

Inflation rates prior to the mid-twentieth century are the product of research by various scholarly groups,
and represent their best estimates based upon that research.
The primary sources for budget and spending information are the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Office of Management and Budget.
Data marked '(est.)' are official projections, usually fairly optimistic.


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