$100 in 1993 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $218.20 today, an increase of $118.20 over 31 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 2.55% per year between 1993 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 118.20%.

This means that today's prices are 2.18 times as high as average prices since 1993, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 45.830% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1993 was 2.99%. The current inflation rate compared to the end of last year is now 2.44%. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $102.44 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest inflation rates.

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Cumulative price change | 118.20% |

Average inflation rate | 2.55% |

Converted amount $100 base | $218.20 |

Price difference $100 base | $118.20 |

CPI in 1993 | 144.500 |

CPI in 2024 | 315.301 |

Inflation in 1993 | 2.99% |

Inflation in 2024 | 2.44% |

$100 in 1993 | $218.20 in 2024 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1993 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $218.20 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $218.20 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 1993 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 31 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 1993 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 118.20% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
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$1 dollar in 1993 | $2.18 dollars today |

$5 dollars in 1993 | $10.91 dollars today |

$10 dollars in 1993 | $21.82 dollars today |

$50 dollars in 1993 | $109.10 dollars today |

$100 dollars in 1993 | $218.20 dollars today |

$500 dollars in 1993 | $1,091.01 dollars today |

$1,000 dollars in 1993 | $2,182.01 dollars today |

$5,000 dollars in 1993 | $10,910.07 dollars today |

$10,000 dollars in 1993 | $21,820.14 dollars today |

$50,000 dollars in 1993 | $109,100.69 dollars today |

$100,000 dollars in 1993 | $218,201.38 dollars today |

$500,000 dollars in 1993 | $1,091,006.92 dollars today |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1993 | $2,182,013.84 dollars today |

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1993 to 2024 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $100):

**San Diego, California**: 3.96% average rate, $100 → $320.33, cumulative change of 220.33%**Seattle, Washington**: 3.92% average rate, $100 → $329.52, cumulative change of 229.52%**Atlanta, Georgia**: 3.30% average rate, $100 → $273.89, cumulative change of 173.89%**Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida**: 2.99% average rate, $100 → $249.07, cumulative change of 149.07%**Denver, Colorado**: 2.90% average rate, $100 → $235.86, cumulative change of 135.86%**Tampa, Florida**: 2.90% average rate, $100 → $235.69, cumulative change of 135.69%**San Francisco, California**: 2.83% average rate, $100 → $237.81, cumulative change of 137.81%**Boston, Massachusetts**: 2.57% average rate, $100 → $219.47, cumulative change of 119.47%**Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas**: 2.55% average rate, $100 → $217.98, cumulative change of 117.98%**Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota**: 2.51% average rate, $100 → $210.29, cumulative change of 110.29%**New York**: 2.51% average rate, $100 → $215.39, cumulative change of 115.39%**Detroit, Michigan**: 2.40% average rate, $100 → $208.47, cumulative change of 108.47%**Philadelphia, Pennsylvania**: 2.39% average rate, $100 → $208.06, cumulative change of 108.06%**St Louis, Missouri**: 2.35% average rate, $100 → $205.71, cumulative change of 105.71%**Houston, Texas**: 2.35% average rate, $100 → $205.52, cumulative change of 105.52%**Chicago, Illinois**: 2.27% average rate, $100 → $200.37, cumulative change of 100.37%

San Diego, California experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 31 years between 1993 and 2024 (3.96%).

Chicago, Illinois experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 31 years between 1993 and 2024 (2.27%).

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 £100.00 in 1993 would be equivalent to £255.29 in 2024, an absolute change of £155.29 and a cumulative change of 155.29%.

In Canada, CA$100.00 in 1993 would be equivalent to CA$185.59 in 2024, an absolute change of CA$85.59 and a cumulative change of 85.59%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $118.20 and total percent change of 118.20%.

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.

Between 1993 and 2024:

- Gas prices increased from $1.12 per gallon to $3.34
- Bread prices increased from $0.75 per loaf to $1.98
- Egg prices increased from $0.90 per carton to $3.82
- Chicken prices increased from $0.88 per per 1 lb of whole chicken to $1.98
- Electricity prices increased from $0.09 per KwH to $0.18

This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1993 and 2024.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.55% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $100 in 1993 → 2024 |
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Food and beverages | 2.73 | 130.78 | 230.78 |

Housing | 2.80 | 135.69 | 235.69 |

Apparel | -0.04 | -1.27 | 98.73 |

Transportation | 2.39 | 108.18 | 208.18 |

Medical care | 3.37 | 179.16 | 279.16 |

Recreation | 1.37 | 52.26 | 152.26 |

Education and communication | 1.74 | 70.93 | 170.93 |

Other goods and services | 3.48 | 188.80 | 288.80 |

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 1993. 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 1993 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1993

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1993 USD value

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Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 144.5 in the year 1993 and 315.301 in 2024:

315.301144.5

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$100

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$100 in 1993 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $218.20 in 2024.

To get the total inflation rate for the 31 years between 1993 and 2024, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2024 - CPI in 1993CPI in 1993

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100

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Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

315.301 - 144.5144.5

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100

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There are multiple ways to measure inflation. Published rates of inflation will vary depending on methodology. The Consumer Price Index, used above, is the most common standard used globally.

Alternative measurements are sometimes used based on context and economic/political circumstances. Below are a few examples of alternative measurements.

The PCE Price Index is the U.S. Federal Reserve's preferred measure of inflation, compiled by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It measures the change in prices of goods and services purchased by consumers.

The PCE Price Index changed by 2.08% per year on average between 1993 and 2024. The total PCE inflation between these dates was 89.34%. In 1993, PCE inflation was 2.49%.

This means that the PCE Index equates $100 in 1993 with $189.34 in 2024, a difference of $89.34. Compare this to the standard CPI measurement, which equates $100 with $218.20. The PCE measured -28.86% inflation compared to standard CPI.

For more information on the difference between PCE and CPI, see this analysis provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Also of note is the **Core CPI**, which uses the standard CPI but omits the more volatile categories of food and energy.

Core inflation averaged 2.41% per year between 1993 and 2024 (vs all-CPI inflation of 2.55%), for an inflation total of 108.97%. In 1993, core inflation was 3.31%.

When using the core inflation measurement, $100 in 1993 is equivalent in buying power to $208.97 in 2024, a difference of $108.97. Recall that the converted amount is $218.20 when all items including food and energy are measured.

The average inflation rate of 2.55% has a compounding effect between 1993 and 2024. As noted above, this yearly inflation rate compounds to produce an overall price difference of 118.20% over 31 years.

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $100 in the S&P 500 index in 1993, our investment would be * nominally* worth approximately $2,284.45 in 2024. This is a return on investment of 2,184.45%, with an absolute return of $2,184.45 on top of the original $100.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered *nominal*. In order to evaluate the *real* return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 54.17% of returns ($1,237.50) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted * real* return of our $100 investment is $946.94. You may also want to account for capital gains tax, which would take your real return down to around $805 for most people.

Original Amount | Final Amount | Change | |
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Nominal | $100 | $2,284.45 | 2,184.45% |

RealInflation Adjusted | $100 | $1,046.94 | 946.94% |

Information displayed above may differ slightly from other S&P 500 calculators. Minor discrepancies can occur because we use the latest CPI data for inflation, annualized inflation numbers for previous years, and we compute S&P price and dividends from January of 1993 to latest available data for 2024 using average monthly close price.

For more details on the S&P 500 between 1993 and 2024, see the stock market returns calculator.

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1913. Price index data from 1774 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University and from the American Antiquarian Society. Price index data from 1634 to 1773 is from the American Antiquarian Society, using British pound equivalents.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Value of 1993 dollars today | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 9 Nov. 2024, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1993.

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 | 118.20% |

Average inflation rate | 2.55% |

Converted amount $100 base | $218.20 |

Price difference $100 base | $118.20 |

CPI in 1993 | 144.500 |

CPI in 2024 | 315.301 |

Inflation in 1993 | 2.99% |

Inflation in 2024 | 2.44% |

$100 in 1993 | $218.20 in 2024 |