U.S. inflation rate in 1793: 3.13%

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Inflation in 1793 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 3.13% in 1793 compared to the previous year, 1792. On average, you would have to spend 3.13% more money in 1793 than in 1792 for the same item.

In other words, $100 in 1792 is equivalent in purchasing power to $103.13 in 1793.

The 1792 inflation rate was 2.13%. The inflation rate in 1793 was 3.13%. The 1793 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.45% per year between 1793 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1793 was 9.9. It was 9.6 in the previous year, 1792. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.


Inflation from 1792 to 1793
Average inflation rate 3.13%
Converted amount ($100 base) $103.13
Price difference ($100 base) $3.13
CPI in 1792 9.6
CPI in 1793 9.9
Inflation in 1792 2.13%
Inflation in 1793 3.13%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1792 would be equivalent to £102.63 in 1793, an absolute change of £2.63 and a cumulative change of 2.63%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $3.13 and total percent change of 3.13%.


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 1792 and 1793.

Compare these values to the overall average of 3.13% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1792 → 1793
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 1792. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1792 to 1793

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1793CPI in 1792
×
1792 USD value
=
1793 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.6 in the year 1792 and 9.9 in 1793:

9.99.6
×
$100
=
$103.13

$100 in 1792 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $103.13 in 1793.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1792 and 1793, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1793 - CPI in 1792CPI in 1792
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.9 - 9.69.6
×
100
=
3%

News headlines from 1792

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

  • The US Postal service is created: first postages cost between 6 to 12 cents.
  • Count Anckarstrom shoots and kills King Gustav III of Sweden at a masked ball.
  • Tiradentes, a Brazilian revolutionary is executed by hanging and quartering.
  • Formation of French First Republic by the National Convention

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: “Inflation Rate in 1793 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Oct. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1793.

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


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