$1 in 1795 → $0.75 in 1791

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $1 in 1795 to 1791

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1791 are 25.4% lower than average prices throughout 1795. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 7.60% per year during this period.

In other words, $1 in 1795 is equivalent in purchasing power to $0.75 in 1791, a difference of $-0.25 over 4 years.

The 1791 inflation rate was 2.17%. The inflation rate in 1795 was 14.55%. The 1795 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.35% per year between 1795 and 2019.


Inflation from 1795 to 1791
Cumulative price change -25.40%
Average inflation rate 7.60%
Converted amount ($1 base) $0.75
Price difference ($1 base) $-0.25
CPI in 1795 12.600
CPI in 1791 9.400
Inflation in 1791 2.17%
Inflation in 1795 14.55%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Buying power of $1 in 1791

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $1 in 1791 (price index tracking began in 1635).

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:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1791 $1.00 2.17%
1792 $1.02 2.13%
1793 $1.05 3.13%
1794 $1.17 11.11%
1795 $1.34 14.55%
1796 $1.40 4.76%
1797 $1.35 -3.79%
1798 $1.31 -3.15%
1799 $1.31 0.00%
1800 $1.34 2.44%
1801 $1.35 0.79%
1802 $1.14 -15.75%
1803 $1.20 5.61%
1804 $1.26 4.42%
1805 $1.24 -0.85%
1806 $1.30 4.27%
1807 $1.23 -4.92%
1808 $1.34 8.62%
1809 $1.31 -2.38%
1810 $1.31 0.00%
1811 $1.39 6.50%
1812 $1.41 1.53%
1813 $1.70 20.30%
1814 $1.87 10.00%
1815 $1.64 -12.50%
1816 $1.50 -8.44%
1817 $1.41 -5.67%
1818 $1.35 -4.51%
1819 $1.35 0.00%
1820 $1.24 -7.87%
1821 $1.20 -3.42%
1822 $1.24 3.54%
1823 $1.12 -10.26%
1824 $1.03 -7.62%
1825 $1.05 2.06%
1826 $1.05 0.00%
1827 $1.06 1.01%
1828 $1.01 -5.00%
1829 $0.99 -2.11%
1830 $0.98 -1.08%
1831 $0.93 -5.43%
1832 $0.91 -1.15%
1833 $0.89 -2.33%
1834 $0.91 2.38%
1835 $0.94 2.33%
1836 $0.99 5.68%
1837 $1.02 3.23%
1838 $0.99 -3.12%
1839 $0.99 0.00%
1840 $0.93 -6.45%
1841 $0.93 0.00%
1842 $0.87 -5.75%
1843 $0.79 -9.76%
1844 $0.80 1.35%
1845 $0.81 1.33%
1846 $0.82 1.32%
1847 $0.87 6.49%
1848 $0.84 -3.66%
1849 $0.82 -2.53%
1850 $0.83 1.30%
1851 $0.82 -1.28%
1852 $0.82 0.00%
1853 $0.82 0.00%
1854 $0.89 9.09%
1855 $0.93 3.57%
1856 $0.90 -2.30%
1857 $0.93 2.35%
1858 $0.87 -5.75%
1859 $0.88 1.22%
1860 $0.88 0.00%
1861 $0.94 6.02%
1862 $1.07 14.77%
1863 $1.34 24.75%
1864 $1.67 24.60%
1865 $1.73 3.82%
1866 $1.69 -2.45%
1867 $1.57 -6.92%
1868 $1.51 -4.05%
1869 $1.45 -4.23%
1870 $1.39 -3.68%
1871 $1.30 -6.87%
1872 $1.30 0.00%
1873 $1.28 -1.64%
1874 $1.21 -5.00%
1875 $1.17 -3.51%
1876 $1.14 -2.73%
1877 $1.12 -1.87%
1878 $1.06 -4.76%
1879 $1.06 0.00%
1880 $1.09 2.00%
1881 $1.09 0.00%
1882 $1.09 0.00%
1883 $1.07 -0.98%
1884 $1.04 -2.97%
1885 $1.03 -1.02%
1886 $1.00 -3.09%
1887 $1.01 1.06%
1888 $1.01 0.00%
1889 $0.98 -3.16%
1890 $0.97 -1.09%
1891 $0.97 0.00%
1892 $0.97 0.00%
1893 $0.96 -1.10%
1894 $0.91 -4.44%
1895 $0.89 -2.33%
1896 $0.89 0.00%
1897 $0.88 -1.19%
1898 $0.88 0.00%
1899 $0.88 0.00%
1900 $0.89 1.20%
1901 $0.90 1.19%
1902 $0.91 1.18%
1903 $0.94 2.33%
1904 $0.95 1.14%
1905 $0.94 -1.12%
1906 $0.96 2.27%
1907 $1.00 4.44%
1908 $0.98 -2.13%
1909 $0.97 -1.09%
1910 $1.01 4.40%
1911 $1.01 0.00%
1912 $1.03 2.11%
1913 $1.05 2.06%
1914 $1.06 1.01%
1915 $1.07 1.00%
1916 $1.16 7.92%
1917 $1.36 17.43%
1918 $1.61 17.97%
1919 $1.84 14.57%
1920 $2.13 15.61%
1921 $1.90 -10.50%
1922 $1.79 -6.15%
1923 $1.82 1.79%
1924 $1.82 0.00%
1925 $1.86 2.34%
1926 $1.88 1.14%
1927 $1.85 -1.69%
1928 $1.82 -1.72%
1929 $1.82 0.00%
1930 $1.78 -2.34%
1931 $1.62 -8.98%
1932 $1.46 -9.87%
1933 $1.38 -5.11%
1934 $1.43 3.08%
1935 $1.46 2.24%
1936 $1.48 1.46%
1937 $1.53 3.60%
1938 $1.50 -2.08%
1939 $1.48 -1.42%
1940 $1.49 0.72%
1941 $1.56 5.00%
1942 $1.73 10.88%
1943 $1.84 6.13%
1944 $1.87 1.73%
1945 $1.91 2.27%
1946 $2.07 8.33%
1947 $2.37 14.36%
1948 $2.56 8.07%
1949 $2.53 -1.24%
1950 $2.56 1.26%
1951 $2.77 7.88%
1952 $2.82 1.92%
1953 $2.84 0.75%
1954 $2.86 0.75%
1955 $2.85 -0.37%
1956 $2.89 1.49%
1957 $2.99 3.31%
1958 $3.07 2.85%
1959 $3.10 0.69%
1960 $3.15 1.72%
1961 $3.18 1.01%
1962 $3.21 1.00%
1963 $3.26 1.32%
1964 $3.30 1.31%
1965 $3.35 1.61%
1966 $3.45 2.86%
1967 $3.55 3.09%
1968 $3.70 4.19%
1969 $3.90 5.46%
1970 $4.13 5.72%
1971 $4.31 4.38%
1972 $4.45 3.21%
1973 $4.72 6.22%
1974 $5.24 11.04%
1975 $5.72 9.13%
1976 $6.05 5.76%
1977 $6.45 6.50%
1978 $6.94 7.59%
1979 $7.72 11.35%
1980 $8.77 13.50%
1981 $9.67 10.32%
1982 $10.27 6.16%
1983 $10.60 3.21%
1984 $11.05 4.32%
1985 $11.45 3.56%
1986 $11.66 1.86%
1987 $12.09 3.65%
1988 $12.59 4.14%
1989 $13.19 4.82%
1990 $13.90 5.40%
1991 $14.49 4.21%
1992 $14.93 3.01%
1993 $15.37 2.99%
1994 $15.77 2.56%
1995 $16.21 2.83%
1996 $16.69 2.95%
1997 $17.07 2.29%
1998 $17.34 1.56%
1999 $17.72 2.21%
2000 $18.32 3.36%
2001 $18.84 2.85%
2002 $19.14 1.58%
2003 $19.57 2.28%
2004 $20.10 2.66%
2005 $20.78 3.39%
2006 $21.45 3.23%
2007 $22.06 2.85%
2008 $22.90 3.84%
2009 $22.82 -0.36%
2010 $23.20 1.64%
2011 $23.93 3.16%
2012 $24.42 2.07%
2013 $24.78 1.46%
2014 $25.18 1.62%
2015 $25.21 0.12%
2016 $25.53 1.26%
2017 $26.08 2.13%
2018 $26.71 2.44%
2019 $26.89 0.66%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1795 would be equivalent to £0.80 in 1791, an absolute change of £-0.20 and a cumulative change of -20.21%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $-0.25 and total percent change of -25.40%.


Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1795 and 1791.

Compare these values to the overall average of 7.60% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $1 in 1791 → 1795
Food 0.00 0.00 1.00
Shelter 0.00 0.00 1.00
Energy 0.00 0.00 1.00
Apparel 0.00 0.00 1.00
New vehicles 0.00 0.00 1.00
Used cars and trucks 0.00 0.00 1.00
Transportation services 0.00 0.00 1.00
Medical care services 0.00 0.00 1.00
Medical care commodities 0.00 0.00 1.00

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1795. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1791 to 1795

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1791CPI in 1795
×
1795 USD value
=
1791 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 12.6 in the year 1795 and 9.4 in 1791:

9.412.6
×
$1
=
$0.75

$1 in 1795 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $0.75 in 1791.

To get the total inflation rate for the 4 years between 1791 and 1795, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1791 - CPI in 1795CPI in 1795
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (4 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.4 - 12.612.6
×
100
=
-25%

News headlines from 1791

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • The British capture Cape town.
  • The United States establishes its southern border after signing the Pinckney's Treaty between Spain and US. This treaty also gave America the right to navigate the Mississippi River
  • End of oligarchy in Amsterdam after a democratic revolution.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$1 in 1795 → 1791 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 22 Mar. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1795-dollars-in-1791?amount=1.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


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