U.S. inflation rate in 1812: 1.53%

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Inflation in 1812 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.53% in 1812 compared to the previous year, 1811. On average, you would have to spend 1.53% more money in 1812 than in 1811 for the same item.

In other words, $100 in 1811 is equivalent in purchasing power to $101.53 in 1812.

The 1811 inflation rate was 6.50%. The inflation rate in 1812 was 1.53%. The 1812 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.44% per year between 1812 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1812 was 13.3. It was 13.1 in the previous year, 1811. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.


Inflation from 1811 to 1812
Average inflation rate 1.53%
Converted amount ($100 base) $101.53
Price difference ($100 base) $1.53
CPI in 1811 13.1
CPI in 1812 13.3
Inflation in 1811 6.50%
Inflation in 1812 1.53%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1811 would be equivalent to £113.57 in 1812, an absolute change of £13.57 and a cumulative change of 13.57%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $1.53 and total percent change of 1.53%.


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 1811 and 1812.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.53% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1811 → 1812
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 1811. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1811 to 1812

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1812CPI in 1811
×
1811 USD value
=
1812 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.1 in the year 1811 and 13.3 in 1812:

13.313.1
×
$100
=
$101.53

$100 in 1811 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $101.53 in 1812.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1811 and 1812, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1812 - CPI in 1811CPI in 1811
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

13.3 - 13.113.1
×
100
=
2%

News headlines from 1811

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

  • US colonists arrive on the Pacific coast at Cape Disappointment.
  • Seven provinces declare independence from Spain in the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence.
  • The British expeditionary army defeats the Dutch Indies in a battle.

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 1812 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Oct. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1812.

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


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