U.S. inflation rate in 1961: 1.01%

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Inflation in 1961 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.01% in 1961 compared to the previous year, 1960. On average, you would have to spend 1.01% more money in 1961 than in 1960 for the same item.

In other words, $100 in 1960 is equivalent in purchasing power to $101.01 in 1961.

The 1960 inflation rate was 1.72%. The inflation rate in 1961 was 1.01%. The 1961 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.81% per year between 1961 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1961 was 29.9. It was 29.6 in the previous year, 1960. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.


Inflation from 1960 to 1961
Average inflation rate 1.01%
Converted amount ($100 base) $101.01
Price difference ($100 base) $1.01
CPI in 1960 29.6
CPI in 1961 29.9
Inflation in 1960 1.72%
Inflation in 1961 1.01%


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

Inflation by City

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1960 to 1961 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $100):

Seattle, Washington experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 1 years between 1960 and 1961 (1.68%).

Houston, Texas experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 1 years between 1960 and 1961 (0.36%).


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £100.00 in 1960 would be equivalent to £103.46 in 1961, an absolute change of £3.46 and a cumulative change of 3.46%.

In Canada, CA$100.00 in 1960 would be equivalent to CA$100.00 in 1961, an absolute change of CA$0.00 and a cumulative change of 0.00%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $1.01 and total percent change of 1.01%.


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 1960 and 1961.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.01% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $100 in 1960 → 1961
Food 1.15 1.15 101.15
Shelter 0.85 0.85 100.85
Energy 0.22 0.22 100.22
Apparel 0.79 0.79 100.79
New vehicles 0.00 0.00 100.00
Used cars and trucks 0.00 0.00 100.00
Transportation services 0.00 0.00 100.00
Medical care services 3.67 3.67 103.67
Medical care commodities 0.00 0.00 100.00

It's important to note that not all categories may be tracked since 1960. This table and visualization use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1960 to 1961

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1961CPI in 1960
×
1960 USD value
=
1961 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 29.6 in the year 1960 and 29.9 in 1961:

29.929.6
×
$100
=
$101.01

$100 in 1960 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $101.01 in 1961.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1960 and 1961, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1961 - CPI in 1960CPI in 1960
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

29.9 - 29.629.6
×
100
=
1%

Alternate Measurements of Inflation

The above data describe the CPI for all items. Also of note is the Core CPI, which measures inflation for all items except for the more volatile categories of food and energy. Core inflation averaged 1.17% per year between 1960 and 1961 (vs all-CPI inflation of 1.01%), for an inflation total of 1.17%.

When using the core inflation measurement, $100 in 1960 is equivalent in buying power to $101.17 in 1961, a difference of $1.17. Recall that for All Items, the converted amount is $101.01 with a difference of $1.01.

In 1960, core inflation was 1.55%.


News headlines from 1960

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

  • Johnny Cash plays his first concert in a prison.
  • The Bank of France issues new franc currency, worth 100 times the value of old francs.
  • France grants independence to Cameroon (previously French Cameroon) after years of fighting.
  • Guided missiles are launched for the first time from a nuclear powered submarine

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.

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