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# U.S. inflation rate in 1836: 5.68%

### Inflation in 1836 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 5.68% in 1836 compared to 1835. On average, you would have to spend 5.68% more money in 1836 than in 1835 for the same item.

In other words, \$1 in 1835 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1.06 in 1836.

The 1835 inflation rate was 2.33%. The inflation rate in 1836 was 5.68%. The 1836 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.83% per year between 1836 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1836 was 9.30. It was 8.80 in the previous year, 1835. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.

 Average inflation rate 5.68% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.06 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.06 CPI in 1835 8.800 CPI in 1836 9.300 Inflation in 1835 2.33% Inflation in 1836 5.68%

### Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1835 would be equivalent to £1.11 in 1836, an absolute change of £0.11 and a cumulative change of 11.24%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$0.06 and total percent change of 5.68%.

### 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 1835 and 1836.

Compare these values to the overall average of 5.68% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1835 → 1836
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 1835. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1835 to 1836

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1836CPI in 1835
×
1835 USD value
=
1836 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.8 in the year 1835 and 9.3 in 1836:

9.38.8
×
\$1
=
\$1.06

\$1 in 1835 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1.06 in 1836.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1835 and 1836, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1836 - CPI in 1835CPI in 1835
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.3 - 8.88.8
×
100
=
6%

### News headlines from 1835

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

• Richard Lawrence fails in the first documented presidential assassination attempt after he misfired at President Andrew Jackson
• National debt of the United States is officially zero: the only time that it has been that way in history.
• Signing of the New Echota Treaty, followed by the conceding of all the Cherokee Indian lands east of the Mississippi River to the US

### 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 1836 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Oct. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1836.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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

 Average inflation rate 5.68% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.06 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.06 CPI in 1835 8.800 CPI in 1836 9.300 Inflation in 1835 2.33% Inflation in 1836 5.68%