U.S. inflation rate in 1898: 0.00%

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Inflation in 1898 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 0.00% in 1898 compared to the previous year, 1897. On average, you would have to spend 0.00% more money in 1898 than in 1897 for the same item.

In other words, $100 in 1897 is equivalent in purchasing power to $100 in 1898.

The 1897 inflation rate was -1.19%. The inflation rate in 1898 was 0.00%. The 1898 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.89% per year between 1898 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1898 was 8.3. It was 8.3 in the previous year, 1897. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.


Inflation from 1897 to 1898
Average inflation rate 0.00%
Converted amount ($100 base) $100
Price difference ($100 base) $0.00
CPI in 1897 8.3
CPI in 1898 8.3
Inflation in 1897 -1.19%
Inflation in 1898 0.00%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1897 would be equivalent to £100.00 in 1898, an absolute change of £0.00 and a cumulative change of 0.00%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $0.00 and total percent change of 0.00%.


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 1897 and 1898.

Compare these values to the overall average of 0.00% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1897 → 1898
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 1897. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1897 to 1898

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1898CPI in 1897
×
1897 USD value
=
1898 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.3 in the year 1897 and 8.3 in 1898:

8.38.3
×
$100
=
$100

$100 in 1897 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $100 in 1898.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1897 and 1898, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1898 - CPI in 1897CPI in 1897
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.3 - 8.38.3
×
100
=
0%

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 1897, your investment would be worth approximately $155.64 in 1898. This is a change of 55.64%.

This means the nominal return on a $100 investment is $55.64, but inflation would eat into your real returns.

Inflation would account for 0.00% of your returns ($0.00), for an inflation-adjusted real return of about $55.64.


News headlines from 1897

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

  • The first football game between black colleges takes place.
  • M. H. Cannon becomes the first female state senator in the United States.
  • Elva Zona Heaster is found dead, which results in the trial of her husband, famous for being the only time in US history the alleged testimony of a ghost has helped secure a conviction.

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 1898 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 Oct. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1898.

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


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