U.S. inflation rate in 1771: -4.88%

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Inflation in 1771 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power increased by 4.88% in 1771 compared to 1770. On average, you would have to spend 4.88% less money in 1771 than in 1770 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, \$1 in 1770 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$0.95 in 1771.

The 1770 inflation rate was 7.89%. The inflation rate in 1771 was -4.88%. The 1771 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.42% per year between 1771 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1771 was 7.80. It was 8.20 in the previous year, 1770. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1771 CPI is less than 1770 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

 Average inflation rate -4.88% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.95 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.05 CPI in 1770 8.200 CPI in 1771 7.800 Inflation in 1770 7.89% Inflation in 1771 -4.88%

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

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1770 would be equivalent to £1.08 in 1771, an absolute change of £0.08 and a cumulative change of 8.06%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$-0.05 and total percent change of -4.88%.

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 1770 and 1771.

Compare these values to the overall average of -4.88% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1770 → 1771
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 1770. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1770 to 1771

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1771CPI in 1770
×
1770 USD value
=
1771 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.2 in the year 1770 and 7.8 in 1771:

7.88.2
×
\$1
=
\$0.95

\$1 in 1770 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$0.95 in 1771.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1770 and 1771, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1771 - CPI in 1770CPI in 1770
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.8 - 8.28.2
×
100
=
-5%

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 1771 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 Mar. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1771.