U.S. inflation rate in 1936: 1.46%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1936-2017 ($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, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.60% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1661.0% higher than prices in 1936.

In other words, $1 in the year 1936 is equivalent to $17.61 in 2017, a difference of $16.61 over 81 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.99%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 1936 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1661.00%
Average inflation rate 3.60%
Price difference ($1 base) $16.61
CPI in 1936 13.9
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1936

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1936 * 1936 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.9 in the year 1936 and 244.786 in 2017:

244.786 / 13.9 * $1 = $17.61

The "purchasing power" of $1 from 1936 is $17.61 in 2017.


News headlines from 1936

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • 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: 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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