$37,980 in 1959 has the same purchasing power as $217,438.76 in 1999. Over the 40 years this is a change of $179,458.76.

The average inflation rate of the dollar between 1959 and 1999 was 4.41% per year. The cumulative price increase of the dollar over this time was 472.51%.

## The value of $37,980 from 1959 to 1999

So what does this data mean? It means that the prices in 1999 are 2,174.39 higher than the average prices since 1959. A dollar in 1999 can buy 17.47% of what it could buy in 1959.

These inflation figures use the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) consumer price index to calculate the value of $37,980 between 1959 and 1999.

The inflation rate for 1959 was 0.69%, while the inflation rate for 1999 was 2.21%. The 1999 inflation rate is lower than the average inflation rate of 3.67% per year between 1999 and 2021.

## USD Inflation Since 1913

The chart below shows the inflation rate from 1913 when the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (CPI) was first established.

## The Buying Power of $37,980 in 1959

We can look at the buying power equivalent for $37,980 in 1959 to see how much you would need to adjust for in order to beat inflation. For 1959 to 1999, if you started with $37,980 in 1959, you would need to have $217,438.76 in 1959 to keep up with inflation rates.

So if we are saying that $37,980 is equivalent to $217,438.76 over time, you can see the core concept of inflation in action. The "real value" of a single dollar decreases over time. It will pay for fewer items at the store than it did previously.

In the chart below you can see how the value of the dollar is worth less over 40 years.

## Value of $37,980 Over Time

In the table below we can see the value of the US Dollar over time. According to the BLS, each of these amounts are equivalent in terms of what that amount could purchase at the time.

## US Dollar Inflation Conversion

If you're interested to see the effect of inflation on various 1950 amounts, the table below shows how much each amount would be worth today based on the price increase of 472.51%.

## Calculate Inflation Rate for $37,980 from 1959 to 1999

To calculate the inflation rate of $37,980 from 1959 to 1999, we use the following formula:

$$\dfrac{ 1959\; USD\; value \times CPI\; in\; 1999 }{ CPI\; in\; 1959 } = 1999\; USD\; value $$

We then replace the variables with the historical CPI values. The CPI in 1959 was 29.1 and 166.6 in 1999.

$$\dfrac{ \$37,980 \times 166.6 }{ 29.1 } = \text{ \$217,438.76 } $$

$37,980 in 1959 has the same purchasing power as $217,438.76 in 1999.

To work out the total inflation rate for the 40 years between 1959 and 1999, we can use a different formula:

$$ \dfrac{\text{CPI in 1999 } - \text{ CPI in 1959 } }{\text{CPI in 1959 }} \times 100 = \text{Cumulative rate for 40 years} $$

Again, we can replace those variables with the correct Consumer Price Index values to work out the cumulativate rate:

$$ \dfrac{\text{ 166.6 } - \text{ 29.1 } }{\text{ 29.1 }} \times 100 = \text{ 472.51\% } $$

## Inflation Rate Definition

The inflation rate is the percentage increase in the average level of prices of a basket of selected goods over time. It indicates a decrease in the purchasing power of currency and results in an increased consumer price index (CPI). Put simply, the inflation rate is the rate at which the general prices of consumer goods increases when the currency purchase power is falling.

The most common cause of inflation is an increase in the money supply, though it can be caused by many different circumstances and events. The value of the floating currency starts to decline when it becomes abundant. What this means is that the currency is not as scarce and, as a result, not as valuable.

By comparing a list of standard products (the CPI), the change in price over time will be measured by the inflation rate. The prices of products such as milk, bread, and gas will be tracked over time after they are grouped together. Inflation shows that the money used to buy these products is not worth as much as it used to be when there is an increase in these products’ prices over time.

The inflation rate is basically the rate at which money loses its value when compared to the basket of selected goods – which is a fixed set of consumer products and services that are valued on an annual basis.