# \$1 in 1955 is worth \$1.11 in 1961

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## Value of \$1 from 1955 to 1961

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 1961 are 10.56% higher than average prices since 1955. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.69% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$1 in 1955 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1.11 in 1961, a difference of \$0.11 over 6 years.

The 1955 inflation rate was 0.71%. The inflation rate in 1961 was 0.00%. The 1961 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.73% per year between 1961 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 10.56% Average inflation rate 1.69% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.11 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.11 CPI in 1955 14.200 CPI in 1961 15.700 Inflation in 1955 0.71% Inflation in 1961 0.00%

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI

## Buying power of \$1 in 1955

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$1 in 1955 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$1, you would need to end with \$1.11 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$1 is equivalent to \$1.11 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Canadian dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1955 dollars, the chart below shows how \$1 is worth less over 6 years.

According to Statistics Canada, each of these CAD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Dollar inflation: 1955-1961
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1955 \$1.00 0.71%
1956 \$1.03 2.82%
1957 \$1.05 2.05%
1958 \$1.08 2.68%
1959 \$1.09 1.31%
1960 \$1.11 1.29%
1961 \$1.11 0.00%
1962 \$1.13 1.91%
1963 \$1.15 1.88%
1964 \$1.17 1.84%
1965 \$1.20 3.01%
1966 \$1.25 3.51%
1967 \$1.30 3.95%
1968 \$1.35 4.35%
1969 \$1.42 4.69%
1970 \$1.43 1.00%
1971 \$1.50 4.93%
1972 \$1.58 5.16%
1973 \$1.73 9.38%
1974 \$1.94 12.65%
1975 \$2.13 9.42%
1976 \$2.25 5.63%
1977 \$2.46 9.40%
1978 \$2.67 8.60%
1979 \$2.93 9.76%
1980 \$3.25 11.06%
1981 \$3.65 12.12%
1982 \$3.99 9.27%
1983 \$4.17 4.59%
1984 \$4.32 3.72%
1985 \$4.51 4.40%
1986 \$4.70 4.21%
1987 \$4.90 4.19%
1988 \$5.09 3.88%
1989 \$5.36 5.26%
1990 \$5.63 4.99%
1991 \$5.84 3.75%
1992 \$5.96 2.17%
1993 \$6.06 1.65%
1994 \$6.08 0.23%
1995 \$6.18 1.74%
1996 \$6.32 2.16%
1997 \$6.37 0.78%
1998 \$6.43 1.00%
1999 \$6.60 2.63%
2000 \$6.81 3.20%
2001 \$6.86 0.72%
2002 \$7.12 3.80%
2003 \$7.27 2.08%
2004 \$7.42 2.13%
2005 \$7.58 2.09%
2006 \$7.70 1.67%
2007 \$7.89 2.38%
2008 \$7.98 1.16%
2009 \$8.08 1.32%
2010 \$8.27 2.35%
2011 \$8.46 2.30%
2012 \$8.54 0.83%
2013 \$8.64 1.24%
2014 \$8.77 1.47%
2015 \$8.91 1.61%
2016 \$9.04 1.50%
2017 \$9.18 1.56%
2018 \$9.21 0.31%
2019 \$9.39 1.99%
2020 \$9.61 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

This conversion table shows various other 1955 amounts in 1961 dollars, based on the 10.56% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 1961
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1955 \$1.11 dollars in 1961
\$5 dollars in 1955 \$5.53 dollars in 1961
\$10 dollars in 1955 \$11.06 dollars in 1961
\$50 dollars in 1955 \$55.28 dollars in 1961
\$100 dollars in 1955 \$110.56 dollars in 1961
\$500 dollars in 1955 \$552.82 dollars in 1961
\$1,000 dollars in 1955 \$1,105.63 dollars in 1961
\$5,000 dollars in 1955 \$5,528.17 dollars in 1961
\$10,000 dollars in 1955 \$11,056.34 dollars in 1961
\$50,000 dollars in 1955 \$55,281.69 dollars in 1961
\$100,000 dollars in 1955 \$110,563.38 dollars in 1961
\$500,000 dollars in 1955 \$552,816.90 dollars in 1961
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1955 \$1,105,633.80 dollars in 1961

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1955 to 1961

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1955 and 1961:

CPI in 1961 CPI in 1955
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 14.2 in the year 1955 and 15.7 in 1961:

15.714.2
×
\$1
=
\$1.11

\$1 in 1955 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1.11 in 1961.

To get the total inflation rate for the 6 years between 1955 and 1961, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1961 - CPI in 1955CPI in 1955
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (6 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

15.7 - 14.214.2
×
100
=
11%

## News headlines from 1955

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

• The occupying powers grant full Sovereignty to West Germany.
• The Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons is signed by 18 Nobel laureates.
• Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give her seat to a white person and move to the back of the bus.

## Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Canada's annual Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1914 and computed by Statistics Canada (StatCan).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “\$1 in 1955 → 1961 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 12 Aug. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1955-CAD-in-1961?amount=1.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

#### About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

 Cumulative price change 10.56% Average inflation rate 1.69% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.11 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.11 CPI in 1955 14.200 CPI in 1961 15.700 Inflation in 1955 0.71% Inflation in 1961 0.00%