# U.S. inflation rate in 1773: -5.49%

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## Inflation in 1773 and its effect on dollar value

Purchasing power increased by 5.49% in 1773 compared to 1772. On average, you would have to spend 5.49% less money in 1773 than in 1772 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, \$1 in 1772 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$0.95 in 1773.

The 1772 inflation rate was 16.67%. The inflation rate in 1773 was -5.49%. The 1773 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.38% per year between 1773 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1773 was 8.60. It was 9.10 in the previous year, 1772. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1773 CPI is less than 1772 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

 Average inflation rate -5.49% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.95 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.05 CPI in 1772 9.100 CPI in 1773 8.600 Inflation in 1772 16.67% Inflation in 1773 -5.49%

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 1772 would be equivalent to £1.00 in 1773, an absolute change of £0.00 and a cumulative change of 0.00%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$-0.05 and total percent change of -5.49%.

## Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1772 and 1773.

Compare these values to the overall average of -5.49% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1772 → 1773
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 1772. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1772 to 1773

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1772 and 1773:

CPI in 1773 CPI in 1772
×
1772 USD value
=
1773 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.1 in the year 1772 and 8.6 in 1773:

8.69.1
×
\$1
=
\$0.95

\$1 in 1772 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$0.95 in 1773.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1772 and 1773, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1773 - CPI in 1772CPI in 1772
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.6 - 9.19.1
×
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 1773 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 May. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1773.