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# Canadian inflation rate in 1972: 5.16%

### Inflation in 1972 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 5.16% in 1972 compared to 1971. On average, you would have to spend 5.16% more money in 1972 than in 1971 for the same item.

In other words, \$1 in 1971 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1.05 in 1972.

The 1971 inflation rate was 4.93%. The inflation rate in 1972 was 5.16%. The 1972 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.84% per year between 1972 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1972 was 22.40. It was 21.30 in the previous year, 1971. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.

 Average inflation rate 5.16% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.05 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.05 CPI in 1971 21.300 CPI in 1972 22.400 Inflation in 1971 4.93% Inflation in 1972 5.16%

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1971 to 1972

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1972CPI in 1971
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 21.3 in the year 1971 and 22.4 in 1972:

22.421.3
×
\$1
=
\$1.05

\$1 in 1971 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1.05 in 1972.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1971 and 1972, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1972 - CPI in 1971CPI in 1971
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

22.4 - 21.321.3
×
100
=
5%

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

• Idi Amin declares himself president of Uganda.
• The Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with fifty companies and a starting value of 100.
• Indian troops, aided by Bengali guerrillas under Mukti Bahini, are victorious over the Pakistan army, in the battle of Garibpur.

### 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 1972 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1972.