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In October, the Dow Jones Industrial Average peaked at 26,952, the highest point on record for the stock index.

The DJIA is a price-weighted average of 30 large American companies. The index currently contains companies such as the world’s largest retailer Walmart, media juggernaut Disney, global financial institution J.P. Morgan, aerospace and defense giant Boeing, and as of 2015, tech behemoth Apple.

The companies comprising the Dow change over time to reflect the changing economy. Since the creator of the index, Charles Dow, was also the founding editor of The Wall Street Journal, editors at the publication select the companies that comprise the index.

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Since its inception in 1896, when only 12 companies were included in the average, the Dow has changed only 50 times. The last remaining company from the original list of 12, General Electric, was removed in June. It was replaced with drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance.

To determine the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average the year you were born, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed daily Dow figures aggregated by economic research website Macrotrends.net. Historical Dow data are inflation-adjusted using annual headline CPI in chained 2018 dollars.

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1929
• Start: 4,452.4
• End: 3,603.6
• High: 5,527.9
• Change: -19.1 percent

1930
• Start: 3,632.7
• End: 2,448.3
• High: 4,374.6
• Change: -32.6 percent

1931
• Start: 2,770.4
• End: 1,270.7
• High: 3,170.4
• Change: -54.1 percent

1932
• Start: 1,357.1
• End: 1,089.9
• High: 1,614.6
• Change: -19.7 percent

1933
• Start: 1,136.5
• End: 1,915.0
• High: 2,083.1
• Change: +68.5 percent

1934
• Start: 1,862.0
• End: 1,930.3
• High: 2,054.6
• Change: +3.7 percent

1935

• Start: 1,891.0
• End: 2,607.9
• High: 2,685.9
• Change: +37.9 percent

1936
• Start: 2,583.4
• End: 3,224.6
• High: 3,314.2
• Change: +24.8 percent

1937
• Start: 3,088.4
• End: 2,090.7
• High: 3,363.1
• Change: -32.3 percent

1938
• Start: 2,125.8
• End: 2,728.7
• High: 2,793.0
• Change: +28.4 percent

1939
• Start: 2,747.9
• End: 2,687.1
• High: 2,788.7
• Change: -2.2 percent

1940
• Start: 2,681.4
• End: 2,321.9
• High: 2,705.6
• Change: -13.4 percent

1941
• Start: 2,202.1
• End: 1,871.4
• High: 2,253.1
• Change: -15.0 percent

1942
• Start: 1,718.7
• End: 1,819.8
• High: 1,824.5
• Change: +5.9 percent

1943
• Start: 1,722.2
• End: 1,951.4
• High: 2,094.0
• Change: +13.3 percent

1944
• Start: 1,918.5
• End: 2,150.0
• High: 2,153.0
• Change: +12.1 percent

1945
• Start: 2,105.8
• End: 2,662.5
• High: 2,702.6
• Change: +26.4 percent

1946
• Start: 2,436.7
• End: 2,252.9
• High: 2,701.7
• Change: -7.5 percent

1947
• Start: 1,961.5
• End: 2,014.6
• High: 2,077.8
• Change: +2.7 percent

1948
• Start: 1,867.8
• End: 1,829.2
• High: 1,992.8
• Change: -2.1 percent

1949
• Start: 1,823.2
• End: 2,084.6
• High: 2,088.7
• Change: +14.3 percent

1950
• Start: 2,051.9
• End: 2,428.7
• High: 2,429.3
• Change: +18.4 percent

1951
• Start: 2,294.2
• End: 2,574.5
• High: 2,642.7
• Change: +12.2 percent

1952
• Start: 2,525.1
• End: 2,731.3
• High: 2,732.3
• Change: +8.2 percent

1953
• Start: 2,713.1
• End: 2,608.7
• High: 2,728.4
• Change: -3.8 percent

1954
• Start: 2,614.5
• End: 3,737.4
• High: 3,737.4
• Change: +42.9 percent

1955
• Start: 3,793.1
• End: 4,530.7
• High: 4,530.7
• Change: +19.4 percent

1956
• Start: 4,440.1
• End: 4,565.2
• High: 4,762.5
• Change: +2.8 percent

1957
• Start: 4,377.6
• End: 3,845.0
• High: 4,595.9
• Change: -12.2 percent

1958
• Start: 3,773.4
• End: 5,013.7
• High: 5,013.7
• Change: +32.9 percent

1959
• Start: 5,006.0
• End: 5,787.8
• High: 5,787.8
• Change: +15.6 percent

1960
• Start: 5,695.4
• End: 5,165.6
• High: 5,749.2
• Change: -9.3 percent

1961
• Start: 5,067.0
• End: 6,070.7
• High: 6,102.0
• Change: +19.8 percent

1962
• Start: 5,949.7
• End: 5,353.6
• High: 5,960.4
• Change: -10.0 percent

1963
• Start: 5,247.6
• End: 6,190.0
• High: 6,224.6
• Change: +18.0 percent

1964
• Start: 6,133.3
• End: 6,998.4
• High: 7,139.1
• Change: +14.1 percent

1965
• Start: 6,846.6
• End: 7,629.7
• High: 7,629.7
• Change: +11.4 percent

1966
• Start: 7,412.6
• End: 6,013.2
• High: 7,616.3
• Change: -18.9 percent

1967
• Start: 5,849.3
• End: 6,732.2
• High: 7,014.6
• Change: +15.1 percent

1968
• Start: 6,473.7
• End: 6,737.2
• High: 7,033.2
• Change: +4.1 percent

1969
• Start: 6,420.6
• End: 5,422.2
• High: 6,563.7
• Change: -15.5 percent

1970
• Start: 5,175.8
• End: 5,365.9
• High: 5,385.6
• Change: +3.7 percent

1971
• Start: 5,093.5
• End: 5,459.2
• High: 5,830.9
• Change: +7.2 percent

1972
• Start: 5,279.0
• End: 6,055.0
• High: 6,151.5
• Change: +14.7 percent

1973
• Start: 5,766.0
• End: 4,755.4
• High: 5,877.9
• Change: -17.5 percent

1974
• Start: 4,307.4
• End: 3,103.4
• High: 4,490.5
• Change: -28.0 percent

1975
• Start: 2,916.4
• End: 3,933.2
• High: 4,068.9
• Change: +34.9 percent

1976
• Start: 3,746.5
• End: 4,383.3
• High: 4,427.5
• Change: +17.0 percent

1977
• Start: 4,097.8
• End: 3,406.8
• High: 4,097.8
• Change: -16.9 percent

1978

• Start: 3,114.8
• End: 3,066.4
• High: 3,457.7
• Change: -1.6 percent

1979
• Start: 2,777.7
• End: 2,871.3
• High: 3,072.8
• Change: +3.4 percent

1980
• Start: 2,486.6
• End: 2,907.1
• High: 3,016.2
• Change: +16.9 percent

1981
• Start: 2,657.7
• End: 2,390.6
• High: 2,797.8
• Change: -10.1 percent

1982
• Start: 2,272.0
• End: 2,694.2
• High: 2,756.0
• Change: +18.6 percent

1983
• Start: 2,561.7
• End: 3,139.4
• High: 3,210.6
• Change: +22.6 percent

1984
• Start: 2,995.4
• End: 2,896.9
• High: 3,076.4
• Change: -3.3 percent

1985
• Start: 2,768.0
• End: 3,571.0
• High: 3,585.8
• Change: +29.0 percent

1986

• Start: 3,485.6
• End: 4,297.5
• High: 4,432.7
• Change: +23.3 percent

1987
• Start: 4,214.8
• End: 4,240.0
• High: 5,953.6
• Change: +0.6 percent

1988
• Start: 4,232.0
• End: 4,554.0
• High: 4,585.3
• Change: +7.6 percent

1989
• Start: 4,296.7
• End: 5,515.9
• High: 5,592.5
• Change: +28.4 percent

1990
• Start: 5,341.4
• End: 5,005.9
• High: 5,701.8
• Change: -6.3 percent

1991
• Start: 4,761.8
• End: 5,780.0
• High: 5,780.0
• Change: +21.4 percent

1992
• Start: 5,617.4
• End: 5,845.3
• High: 6,043.7
• Change: +4.1 percent

1993
• Start: 5,689.3
• End: 6,454.2
• High: 6,523.3
• Change: +13.4 percent

1994
• Start: 6,297.2
• End: 6,427.7
• High: 6,669.0
• Change: +2.1 percent

1995
• Start: 6,257.2
• End: 8,341.5
• High: 8,503.4
• Change: +33.3 percent

1996
• Start: 8,197.8
• End: 10,209.9
• High: 10,388.3
• Change: +24.5 percent

1997
• Start: 9,972.0
• End: 12,240.8
• High: 12,784.1
• Change: +22.8 percent

1998

• Start: 12,139.5
• End: 13,993.5
• High: 14,287.4
• Change: +15.3 percent

1999
• Start: 13,695.3
• End: 17,144.2
• High: 17,144.2
• Change: +25.2 percent

2000
• Start: 16,385.2
• End: 15,563.6
• High: 16,912.5
• Change: -5.0 percent

2001
• Start: 14,934.0
• End: 14,057.9
• High: 15,904.4
• Change: -5.9 percent

2002
• Start: 13,910.6
• End: 11,519.2
• High: 14,686.5
• Change: -17.2 percent

2003
• Start: 11,621.5
• End: 14,114.4
• High: 14,114.4
• Change: +21.5 percent

2004
• Start: 13,690.4
• End: 14,181.1
• High: 14,275.2
• Change: +3.6 percent

2005
• Start: 13,648.2
• End: 13,633.1
• High: 13,916.8
• Change: -0.1 percent

2006
• Start: 13,367.1
• End: 15,358.2
• High: 15,416.6
• Change: +14.9 percent

2007
• Start: 14,946.6
• End: 15,893.5
• High: 16,971.5
• Change: +6.3 percent

2008
• Start: 15,051.1
• End: 10,126.8
• High: 15,067.5
• Change: -32.7 percent

2009
• Start: 10,461.8
• End: 12,075.3
• High: 12,214.8
• Change: +15.4 percent

2010
• Start: 12,058.0
• End: 13,189.9
• High: 13,198.9
• Change: +9.4 percent

2011
• Start: 12,889.4
• End: 13,493.4
• High: 14,148.3
• Change: +4.7 percent

2012
• Start: 13,414.6
• End: 14,179.4
• High: 14,726.9
• Change: +5.7 percent

2013
• Start: 14,303.2
• End: 17,677.4
• High: 17,677.4
• Change: +23.6 percent

2014
• Start: 17,253.1
• End: 18,703.1
• High: 18,945.1
• Change: +8.4 percent

2015

• Start: 18,691.4
• End: 18,263.8
• High: 19,193.9
• Change: -2.3 percent

2016
• Start: 17,750.5
• End: 20,455.8
• High: 20,675.3
• Change: +15.2 percent

2017
• Start: 20,150.2
• End: 25,052.9
• High: 25,172.8
• Change: +24.3 percent

2018
• Start: 24,824.0
• End: 23,327.5
• High: 26,828.4
• Change: -6.0 percent

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