U.S. inflation rate in 1961: 1.01%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1961-2018 ($1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1961 was 29.9. 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 3.79% per year. Prices in 2018 are 733.0% higher than prices in 1961.

In other words, $1 in the year 1961 is equivalent in purchasing power to $8.33 in 2018, a difference of $7.33 over 57 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.72%1. If this number holds, $1 today will be equivalent to $1.02 next year.

Inflation from 1961 to 2018
Cumulative price change 733.00%
Average inflation rate 3.79%
Price difference ($1 base) $7.33
CPI in 1961 29.9
CPI in 2018 248.991


U.S. inflation from 1913 to 2017


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Inflation-adjusted measures

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How to calculate the inflation rate for $1 since 1961

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1961 * 1961 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 29.9 in the year 1961 and 248.991 in 2018:

248.991 / 29.9 * $1 = $8.33

$1 in 1961 has the same "purchasing power" as $8.33 in 2018.


News headlines from 1961

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

  • A dog named Chernushka, frogs, and a guinea pig orbit the Earth in the Soviet flight Sputnik 9.
  • Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason after a four-and-a-half year trial.

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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