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# U.S. inflation rate in 1738: 2.50%

### Inflation in 1738 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 2.50% in 1738 compared to 1737. On average, you would have to spend 2.50% more money in 1738 than in 1737 for the same item.

In other words, \$1 in 1737 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1.02 in 1738.

The 1737 inflation rate was 5.26%. The inflation rate in 1738 was 2.50%. The 1738 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.48% per year between 1738 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1738 was 4.10. It was 4.00 in the previous year, 1737. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.

 Average inflation rate 2.50% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.02 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.02 CPI in 1737 4.000 CPI in 1738 4.100 Inflation in 1737 5.26% Inflation in 1738 2.50%

USD Inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

### 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 1737 and 1738.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.50% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1737 → 1738
Food and beverages 0.00 0.00 1.00
Housing 0.00 0.00 1.00
Apparel 0.00 0.00 1.00
Transportation 0.00 0.00 1.00
Medical care 0.00 0.00 1.00
Recreation 0.00 0.00 1.00
Education and communication 0.00 0.00 1.00
Other goods and services 0.00 0.00 1.00

For all these visualizations, it's important to note that not all categories may have been tracked since 1737. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1737 to 1738

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1738CPI in 1737
×
1737 USD value
=
1738 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 4 in the year 1737 and 4.1 in 1738:

4.14
×
\$1
=
\$1.02

\$1 in 1737 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1.02 in 1738.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1737 and 1738, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1738 - CPI in 1737CPI in 1737
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

4.1 - 44
×
100
=
2%

### 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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Inflation Rate in 1738 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 28 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1738.

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

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.

 Average inflation rate 2.50% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.02 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.02 CPI in 1737 4.000 CPI in 1738 4.100 Inflation in 1737 5.26% Inflation in 1738 2.50%