U.S. inflation rate in 1936: 1.46%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1936-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1936 was 13.9. the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.57% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1675.0% higher than prices in 1936.

In other words, $1 in the year 1936 is equivalent in purchasing power to $17.75 in 2018, a difference of $16.75 over 82 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 0.77%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.01 next year.

Inflation from 1936 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1675.00%
Average inflation rate 3.57%
Price difference ($1 base) $16.75
CPI in 1936 13.9
CPI in 2018 246.669


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1936

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1936 * 1936 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.9 in the year 1936 and 246.669 in 2018:

246.669 / 13.9 * $1 = $17.75

$1 in 1936 has the same "purchasing power" as $17.75 in 2018.


News headlines from 1936

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

  • Hitler violates the Versailles treaty by sending his troops into the Rhineland.
  • Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola begin a right wing uprising in Spain signalling the start of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Doctors administer the first radioactive isotope medicine in Berkley, California.

Inflation Data Source

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.

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