$100 in 1812 → $115.79 in 1815

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U.S. Inflation Rate, $100 in 1812 to 1815

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1815 are 15.79% higher than prices in 1812. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.01% per year during this period.

In other words, $100 in 1812 is equivalent in purchasing power to $115.79 in 1815, a difference of $15.79 over 3 years.

The 1812 inflation rate was 1.53%. The inflation rate in 1815 was -12.50%. The 1815 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.39% per year between 1815 and 2018.


Inflation from 1812 to 1815
Cumulative price change 15.79%
Average inflation rate 5.01%
Converted amount ($100 base) $115.79
Price difference ($100 base) $15.79
CPI in 1812 13.300
CPI in 1815 15.400
Inflation in 1812 1.53%
Inflation in 1815 -12.50%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Buying power of $100 since 1812

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for $100 in 1812 (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
1812 $100.00 1.53%
1813 $120.30 20.30%
1814 $132.33 10.00%
1815 $115.79 -12.50%
1816 $106.02 -8.44%
1817 $100.00 -5.67%
1818 $95.49 -4.51%
1819 $95.49 0.00%
1820 $87.97 -7.87%
1821 $84.96 -3.42%
1822 $87.97 3.54%
1823 $78.95 -10.26%
1824 $72.93 -7.62%
1825 $74.44 2.06%
1826 $74.44 0.00%
1827 $75.19 1.01%
1828 $71.43 -5.00%
1829 $69.92 -2.11%
1830 $69.17 -1.08%
1831 $65.41 -5.43%
1832 $64.66 -1.15%
1833 $63.16 -2.33%
1834 $64.66 2.38%
1835 $66.17 2.33%
1836 $69.92 5.68%
1837 $72.18 3.23%
1838 $69.92 -3.12%
1839 $69.92 0.00%
1840 $65.41 -6.45%
1841 $65.41 0.00%
1842 $61.65 -5.75%
1843 $55.64 -9.76%
1844 $56.39 1.35%
1845 $57.14 1.33%
1846 $57.89 1.32%
1847 $61.65 6.49%
1848 $59.40 -3.66%
1849 $57.89 -2.53%
1850 $58.65 1.30%
1851 $57.89 -1.28%
1852 $57.89 0.00%
1853 $57.89 0.00%
1854 $63.16 9.09%
1855 $65.41 3.57%
1856 $63.91 -2.30%
1857 $65.41 2.35%
1858 $61.65 -5.75%
1859 $62.41 1.22%
1860 $62.41 0.00%
1861 $66.17 6.02%
1862 $75.94 14.77%
1863 $94.74 24.75%
1864 $118.05 24.60%
1865 $122.56 3.82%
1866 $119.55 -2.45%
1867 $111.28 -6.92%
1868 $106.77 -4.05%
1869 $102.26 -4.23%
1870 $98.50 -3.68%
1871 $91.73 -6.87%
1872 $91.73 0.00%
1873 $90.23 -1.64%
1874 $85.71 -5.00%
1875 $82.71 -3.51%
1876 $80.45 -2.73%
1877 $78.95 -1.87%
1878 $75.19 -4.76%
1879 $75.19 0.00%
1880 $76.69 2.00%
1881 $76.69 0.00%
1882 $76.69 0.00%
1883 $75.94 -0.98%
1884 $73.68 -2.97%
1885 $72.93 -1.02%
1886 $70.68 -3.09%
1887 $71.43 1.06%
1888 $71.43 0.00%
1889 $69.17 -3.16%
1890 $68.42 -1.09%
1891 $68.42 0.00%
1892 $68.42 0.00%
1893 $67.67 -1.10%
1894 $64.66 -4.44%
1895 $63.16 -2.33%
1896 $63.16 0.00%
1897 $62.41 -1.19%
1898 $62.41 0.00%
1899 $62.41 0.00%
1900 $63.16 1.20%
1901 $63.91 1.19%
1902 $64.66 1.18%
1903 $66.17 2.33%
1904 $66.92 1.14%
1905 $66.17 -1.12%
1906 $67.67 2.27%
1907 $70.68 4.44%
1908 $69.17 -2.13%
1909 $68.42 -1.09%
1910 $71.43 4.40%
1911 $71.43 0.00%
1912 $72.93 2.11%
1913 $74.44 2.06%
1914 $75.19 1.01%
1915 $75.94 1.00%
1916 $81.95 7.92%
1917 $96.24 17.43%
1918 $113.53 17.97%
1919 $130.08 14.57%
1920 $150.38 15.61%
1921 $134.59 -10.50%
1922 $126.32 -6.15%
1923 $128.57 1.79%
1924 $128.57 0.00%
1925 $131.58 2.34%
1926 $133.08 1.14%
1927 $130.83 -1.69%
1928 $128.57 -1.72%
1929 $128.57 0.00%
1930 $125.56 -2.34%
1931 $114.29 -8.98%
1932 $103.01 -9.87%
1933 $97.74 -5.11%
1934 $100.75 3.08%
1935 $103.01 2.24%
1936 $104.51 1.46%
1937 $108.27 3.60%
1938 $106.02 -2.08%
1939 $104.51 -1.42%
1940 $105.26 0.72%
1941 $110.53 5.00%
1942 $122.56 10.88%
1943 $130.08 6.13%
1944 $132.33 1.73%
1945 $135.34 2.27%
1946 $146.62 8.33%
1947 $167.67 14.36%
1948 $181.20 8.07%
1949 $178.95 -1.24%
1950 $181.20 1.26%
1951 $195.49 7.88%
1952 $199.25 1.92%
1953 $200.75 0.75%
1954 $202.26 0.75%
1955 $201.50 -0.37%
1956 $204.51 1.49%
1957 $211.28 3.31%
1958 $217.29 2.85%
1959 $218.80 0.69%
1960 $222.56 1.72%
1961 $224.81 1.01%
1962 $227.07 1.00%
1963 $230.08 1.32%
1964 $233.08 1.31%
1965 $236.84 1.61%
1966 $243.61 2.86%
1967 $251.13 3.09%
1968 $261.65 4.19%
1969 $275.94 5.46%
1970 $291.73 5.72%
1971 $304.51 4.38%
1972 $314.29 3.21%
1973 $333.83 6.22%
1974 $370.68 11.04%
1975 $404.51 9.13%
1976 $427.82 5.76%
1977 $455.64 6.50%
1978 $490.23 7.59%
1979 $545.86 11.35%
1980 $619.55 13.50%
1981 $683.46 10.32%
1982 $725.56 6.16%
1983 $748.87 3.21%
1984 $781.20 4.32%
1985 $809.02 3.56%
1986 $824.06 1.86%
1987 $854.14 3.65%
1988 $889.47 4.14%
1989 $932.33 4.82%
1990 $982.71 5.40%
1991 $1,024.06 4.21%
1992 $1,054.89 3.01%
1993 $1,086.47 2.99%
1994 $1,114.29 2.56%
1995 $1,145.86 2.83%
1996 $1,179.70 2.95%
1997 $1,206.77 2.29%
1998 $1,225.56 1.56%
1999 $1,252.63 2.21%
2000 $1,294.74 3.36%
2001 $1,331.58 2.85%
2002 $1,352.63 1.58%
2003 $1,383.46 2.28%
2004 $1,420.30 2.66%
2005 $1,468.42 3.39%
2006 $1,515.79 3.23%
2007 $1,558.96 2.85%
2008 $1,618.82 3.84%
2009 $1,613.06 -0.36%
2010 $1,639.52 1.64%
2011 $1,691.27 3.16%
2012 $1,726.27 2.07%
2013 $1,751.56 1.46%
2014 $1,779.97 1.62%
2015 $1,782.08 0.12%
2016 $1,804.56 1.26%
2017 $1,843.01 2.13%
2018 $1,901.39 3.17%*
* 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 £100.00 in 1812 would be equivalent to £79.87 in 1815, an absolute change of £-20.13 and a cumulative change of -20.13%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $15.79 and total percent change of 15.79%.


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 1812 and 1815.

Compare these values to the overall average of 5.01% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1812 → 1815
Food 0.00 0.00 100.00
Shelter 0.00 0.00 100.00
Energy 0.00 0.00 100.00
Apparel 0.00 0.00 100.00
New vehicles 0.00 0.00 100.00
Used cars and trucks 0.00 0.00 100.00
Transportation services 0.00 0.00 100.00
Medical care services 0.00 0.00 100.00
Medical care commodities 0.00 0.00 100.00

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1812. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1812 to 1815

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1815CPI in 1812
×
1812 USD value
=
1815 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.3 in the year 1812 and 15.4 in 1815:

15.413.3
×
$100
=
$115.79

$100 in 1812 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $115.79 in 1815.

To get the total inflation rate for the 3 years between 1812 and 1815, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1815 - CPI in 1812CPI in 1812
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (3 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

15.4 - 13.313.3
×
100
=
16%

News headlines from 1812

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

  • Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, orders British troops to storm Ciudad Rodrigo after a 10-day-long siege.
  • The 1812 War begins as the United States declares war against Britain.
  • Napoleon's occupation of Moscow begins.

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: “$100 in 1812 → 1815 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 16 Nov. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1812-dollars-in-1815?amount=100.

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


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