U.S. inflation rate in 1915: 1.00%

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Inflation in 1915 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.00% in 1915 compared to 1914. On average, you would have to spend 1.00% more money in 1915 than in 1914 for the same item.

In other words, $1 in 1914 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.01 in 1915.

The 1914 inflation rate was 1.01%. The inflation rate in 1915 was 1.00%. The 1915 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.15% per year between 1915 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1915 was 10.10. It was 10.00 in the previous year, 1914. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1914 to 1915
Average inflation rate 1.00%
Converted amount ($1 base) $1.01
Price difference ($1 base) $0.01
CPI in 1914 10.000
CPI in 1915 10.100
Inflation in 1914 1.01%
Inflation in 1915 1.00%

USD Inflation since 1913
Annual Rate, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1914 would be equivalent to £1.12 in 1915, an absolute change of £0.12 and a cumulative change of 12.24%.

In Canada, CA$1.00 in 1914 would be equivalent to CA$1.03 in 1915, an absolute change of CA$0.03 and a cumulative change of 3.28%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $0.01 and total percent change of 1.00%.

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 1914 and 1915.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.00% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $1 in 1914 → 1915
Food -0.98 -0.98 0.99
Shelter 0.00 0.00 1.00
Energy 0.00 0.00 1.00
Apparel 3.00 3.00 1.03
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 1914. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1914 to 1915

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1915CPI in 1914
1914 USD value
1915 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 10 in the year 1914 and 10.1 in 1915:


$1 in 1914 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.01 in 1915.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1914 and 1915, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1915 - CPI in 1914CPI in 1914
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

10.1 - 1010

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 1914, our investment would be nominally worth approximately $1.24 in 1915. This is a return on investment of 24.09%, with an absolute return of $0.24.

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 0.99% of returns ($0.00) during this period. This means the inflation-adjusted real return of our $1 investment is $0.24.

Investment in S&P 500 Index, 1914-1915
Original Amount Final Amount Change
Nominal $1 $1.24 24.09%
Inflation Adjusted
$1 $0.24 23.85%

News headlines from 1914

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

  • The Model T assembly line is introduced by Henry Ford's company.
  • The first successful blood transfusion happens in Brussels, Belgium.
  • The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand, an Austrian prince, and his wife Sophie by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarayevo signals the start of World War I.
  • Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, officially beginning World War I.
  • Germany declares war on France and Belgium in World War I.

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 1915 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Apr. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1915.

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