# $71,608 in 1980 is worth$141,651.75 in 1998

$71,608 in 1980 has the same purchasing power as$141,651.75 in 1998. Over the 18 years this is a change of $70,043.75. The average inflation rate of the dollar between 1980 and 1998 was 4.39% per year. The cumulative price increase of the dollar over this time was 97.82%. ## The value of$71,608 from 1980 to 1998

So what does this data mean? It means that the prices in 1998 are 1,416.52 higher than the average prices since 1980. A dollar in 1998 can buy 50.55% of what it could buy in 1980.

We can look at the buying power equivalent for $71,608 in 1980 to see how much you would need to adjust for in order to beat inflation. For 1980 to 1998, if you started with$71,608 in 1980, you would need to have $141,651.75 in 1980 to keep up with inflation rates. So if we are saying that$71,608 is equivalent to $141,651.75 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 18 years. ## Value of$71,608 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.

Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1980 $71,608.00 13.50% 1981$78,994.75 10.32%
1982 $83,861.31 6.16% 1983$86,555.30 3.21%
1984 $90,292.13 4.32% 1985$93,507.53 3.56%
1986 $95,245.59 1.86% 1987$98,721.71 3.65%
1988 $102,806.15 4.14% 1989$107,759.61 4.82%
1990 $113,582.11 5.40% 1991$118,361.77 4.21%
1992 $121,924.79 3.01% 1993$125,574.71 2.99%
1994 $128,790.12 2.56% 1995$132,440.04 2.83%
1996 $136,350.67 2.95% 1997$139,479.17 2.29%