U.S. inflation rate in 1897: -1.19%

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Inflation in 1897 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power increased by 1.19% in 1897 compared to the previous year, 1896. On average, you would have to spend 1.19% less money in 1897 than in 1896 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, $100 in 1896 is equivalent in purchasing power to $98.81 in 1897.

The 1896 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1897 was -1.19%. The 1897 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.86% per year between 1897 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1897 was 8.3. It was 8.4 in the previous year, 1896. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1897 CPI is less than 1896 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.


Inflation from 1896 to 1897
Average inflation rate -1.19%
Converted amount ($100 base) $98.81
Price difference ($100 base) $-1.19
CPI in 1896 8.4
CPI in 1897 8.3
Inflation in 1896 0.00%
Inflation in 1897 -1.19%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1896 would be equivalent to £102.35 in 1897, an absolute change of £2.35 and a cumulative change of 2.35%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $-1.19 and total percent change of -1.19%.


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 1896 and 1897.

Compare these values to the overall average of -1.19% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1896 → 1897
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 1896. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1896 to 1897

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1897CPI in 1896
×
1896 USD value
=
1897 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.4 in the year 1896 and 8.3 in 1897:

8.38.4
×
$100
=
$98.81

$100 in 1896 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $98.81 in 1897.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1896 and 1897, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1897 - CPI in 1896CPI in 1896
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.3 - 8.48.4
×
100
=
-1%

Comparison to S&P 500 Index

To help put this inflation into perspective, if you had invested $100 in the S&P 500 index in 1896, your investment would be worth approximately $124.27 in 1897. This is a change of 24.27%.

This means the nominal return on a $100 investment is $24.27, but inflation would eat into your real returns.

Inflation would account for -1.20% of your returns ($-0.29), for an inflation-adjusted real return of about $24.56.


News headlines from 1896

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

  • First use of radiation treatment for breast cancer by Doctor Emile Grubbe.
  • The first Modern Olympic Games take place in Athens. American James Connolly wins the first Olympic gold medal in modern history.
  • The world experiences its first car accident when Henry Wells hit a cyclist.

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 1897 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 Oct. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1897.

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


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