U.S. inflation rate in 1913: 2.06%

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Inflation in 1913 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 2.06% in 1913 compared to the previous year, 1912. On average, you would have to spend 2.06% more money in 1913 than in 1912 for the same item.

In other words, $1 in 1912 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.02 in 1913.

The 1912 inflation rate was 2.11%. The inflation rate in 1913 was 2.06%. The 1913 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.13% per year between 1913 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1913 was 9.9. It was 9.7 in the previous year, 1912. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.


Inflation from 1912 to 1913
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Converted amount ($1 base) $1.02
Price difference ($1 base) $0.02
CPI in 1912 9.700
CPI in 1913 9.900
Inflation in 1912 2.11%
Inflation in 1913 2.06%


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1912 would be equivalent to £0.99 in 1913, an absolute change of £-0.01 and a cumulative change of -1.01%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $0.02 and total percent change of 2.06%.


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 1912 and 1913.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.06% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $1 in 1912 → 1913
Food 0.00 0.00 0.00
Shelter 0.00 0.00 1.00
Energy 0.00 0.00 1.00
Apparel 0.00 0.00 0.00
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 1912. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1912 to 1913

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1913CPI in 1912
×
1912 USD value
=
1913 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.7 in the year 1912 and 9.9 in 1913:

9.99.7
×
$1
=
$1.02

$1 in 1912 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.02 in 1913.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1912 and 1913, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1913 - CPI in 1912CPI in 1912
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.9 - 9.79.7
×
100
=
2%

Comparison to S&P 500 Index

To help put this inflation into perspective, if we had invested $1 in the S&P 500 index in 1912, our investment would be nominally worth approximately $1.02 in 1913. This is a return on investment of 2.10%, with an absolute return of $0.02.

These numbers are not inflation adjusted, so they are considered nominal. In order to evaluate the real return on our investment, we must calculate the return with inflation taken into account.

The compounding effect of inflation would account for 2.02% of returns ($0.00) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted real return of our $1 investment is $0.02.

Investment in S&P 500 Index, 1912-1913
Original Amount Final Amount Change
Nominal $1 $1.02 2.10%
Real
Inflation Adjusted
$1 $0.02 2.06%


News headlines from 1912

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

  • Geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener presents the theory of continental drift to the Geological Association of Frankfurt.
  • Roald Amundsen explores the South Pole.
  • The first and last voyage of RMS Titanic takes place.
  • Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories. (The prize was established by Joseph Pulitzer.)

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 1913 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 15 Dec. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1913.

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


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