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# U.S. inflation rate in 1817: -5.67%

### Inflation in 1817 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power increased by 5.67% in 1817 compared to 1816. On average, you would have to spend 5.67% less money in 1817 than in 1816 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, \$1 in 1816 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$0.94 in 1817.

The 1816 inflation rate was -8.44%. The inflation rate in 1817 was -5.67%. The 1817 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.48% per year between 1817 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1817 was 13.30. It was 14.10 in the previous year, 1816. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1817 CPI is less than 1816 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

 Average inflation rate -5.67% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.94 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.06 CPI in 1816 14.100 CPI in 1817 13.300 Inflation in 1816 -8.44% Inflation in 1817 -5.67%

### Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1816 would be equivalent to £1.14 in 1817, an absolute change of £0.14 and a cumulative change of 13.79%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$-0.06 and total percent change of -5.67%.

### 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 1816 and 1817.

Compare these values to the overall average of -5.67% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1816 → 1817
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 1816. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1816 to 1817

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1817CPI in 1816
×
1816 USD value
=
1817 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 14.1 in the year 1816 and 13.3 in 1817:

13.314.1
×
\$1
=
\$0.94

\$1 in 1816 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$0.94 in 1817.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1816 and 1817, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1817 - CPI in 1816CPI in 1816
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

13.3 - 14.114.1
×
100
=
-6%

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

• Bonaparte family is excluded from France forever.
• Napoleon's defeat means that the Dutch regain Suriname from the French.
• The Free city of Lubeck, Germany, banishes its Jewish population.

### 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 1817 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Oct. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1817.

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

 Average inflation rate -5.67% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.94 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.06 CPI in 1816 14.100 CPI in 1817 13.300 Inflation in 1816 -8.44% Inflation in 1817 -5.67%