# Canadian inflation rate in 1920: 16.30%

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## Inflation in 1920 and its effect on dollar value

\$1 in 1919 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1.16 in 1920. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 16.30% per year between 1919 and 1920, producing a cumulative price increase of 16.30%. Purchasing power decreased by 16.30% in 1920 compared to 1919. On average, you would have to spend 16.30% more money in 1920 than in 1919 for the same item.

This means that prices in 1920 are 1.16 times as high as average prices since 1919, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1919 was 9.53%. The inflation rate in 1920 was 16.30%. The 1920 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.59% per year between 1920 and 2023.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1920 was 11.36. It was 9.77 in the previous year, 1919. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.

 Average inflation rate 16.30% Converted amount\$1 base \$1.16 Price difference\$1 base \$0.16 CPI in 1919 9.767 CPI in 1920 11.358 Inflation in 1919 9.53% Inflation in 1920 16.30% \$1 in 1919 \$1.16 in 1920

## How to calculate inflation rate for \$1, 1919 to 1920

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1919 and 1920:

CPI in 1920 CPI in 1919
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 9.766666667 in the year 1919 and 11.35833333 in 1920:

11.358333339.766666667
×
\$1
=
\$1.16

\$1 in 1919 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1.16 in 1920.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1919 and 1920, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1920 - CPI in 1919CPI in 1919
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

11.35833333 - 9.7666666679.766666667
×
100
=
16%

## 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: “Inflation Rate in 1920 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 3 Dec. 2023, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1920.

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