UK inflation rate in 1961: 3.46%

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Inflation in 1961 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 3.46% in 1961 compared to 1960. On average, you would have to spend 3.46% more money in 1961 than in 1960 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1960 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.03 in 1961.

The 1960 inflation rate was 1.03%. The inflation rate in 1961 was 3.46%. The 1961 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 5.48% per year between 1961 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1961 was 50.80. It was 49.10 in the previous year, 1960. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1960 to 1961
Average inflation rate 3.46%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.03
Price difference (£1 base) £0.03
CPI in 1960 49.100
CPI in 1961 50.800
Inflation in 1960 1.03%
Inflation in 1961 3.46%

UK inflation chart from 1988 to 2017. Based on the UK Consumer Price Index.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1960 to 1961

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1961CPI in 1960
1960 GBP value
1961 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 49.1 in the year 1960 and 50.8 in 1961:


£1 in 1960 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.03 in 1961.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1960 and 1961, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1961 - CPI in 1960CPI in 1960
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

50.8 - 49.149.1

News headlines from 1960

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

  • Johnny Cash plays his first concert in a prison.
  • The Bank of France issues new franc currency, worth 100 times the value of old francs.
  • France grants independence to Cameroon (previously French Cameroon) after years of fighting.
  • Guided missiles are launched for the first time from a nuclear powered submarine

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the composite price index published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). A composite index is created by combining price data from several different published sources, both official and unofficial. The Consumer Price Index, normally used to compute inflation, has only been tracked since 1988. All inflation calculations after 1988 use the Office for National Statistics' Consumer Price Index, except for 2017, which is based on The Bank of England's forecast.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Inflation Rate in 1961 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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