What the Stock Market Was Worth the Year You Were Born

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Source: Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Report / Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

1979
> Start: 2,777.7
> End: 2,871.3
> High: 3,072.8
> Change: +3.4%

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1980
> Start: 2,486.6
> End: 2,907.1
> High: 3,016.2
> Change: +16.9%

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1981
> Start: 2,657.7
> End: 2,390.6
> High: 2,797.8
> Change: -10.1%

Source: Wikimedia Commons

1982
> Start: 2,272.0
> End: 2,694.2
> High: 2,756.0
> Change: +18.6%

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1983
> Start: 2,561.7
> End: 3,139.4
> High: 3,210.6
> Change: +22.6%

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1984
> Start: 2,995.4
> End: 2,896.9
> High: 3,076.4
> Change: -3.3%

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1985
> Start: 2,768.0
> End: 3,571.0
> High: 3,585.8
> Change: +29.0%

Source: A1C Nancy Smelser / Wikimedia Commons

1986
> Start: 3,485.6
> End: 4,297.5
> High: 4,432.7
> Change: +23.3%

Source: Virginia Tehan / Wikimedia Commons

1987
> Start: 4,214.8
> End: 4,240.0
> High: 5,953.6
> Change: +0.6%

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1988
> Start: 4,232.0
> End: 4,554.0
> High: 4,585.3
> Change: +7.6%