$1 in 1774 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $0.95 in 1775.
The dollar had an average **deflation** rate of -4.94% per year since 1774, producing a cumulative price change of -4.94%.
Purchasing power *increased* by 4.94% in 1775 compared to 1774. On average, you would have to spend 4.94% *less* money in 1775 than in 1774 for the same item.
This is an example of **deflation**.

This means that prices in 1775 are 4.94% lower than average prices since 1774, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1774 inflation rate was -5.81%. The inflation rate in 1775 was -4.94%. The 1775 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.46% per year between 1775 and 2021.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1775 was 7.70. It was 8.10 in the previous year, 1774. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1775 CPI is less than 1774 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

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Average inflation rate | -4.94% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $0.95 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $-0.05 |

CPI in 1774 | 8.100 |

CPI in 1775 | 7.700 |

Inflation in 1774 | -5.81% |

Inflation in 1775 | -4.94% |

$1 in 1774 | $0.95 in 1775 |

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1774 would be equivalent to £0.93 in 1775, an absolute change of £-0.07 and a cumulative change of -6.67%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $-0.05 and total percent change of -4.94%.

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 1774 and 1775.

Compare these values to the overall average of -4.94% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $1 in 1774 → 1775 |
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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 1774. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1774 and 1775:

CPI in 1775
CPI in 1774

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1774 USD value

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1775 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.1 in the year 1774 and 7.7 in 1775:

7.78.1

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$1

=

$1 in 1774 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $0.95 in 1775.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1774 and 1775, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1775 - CPI in 1774CPI in 1774

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100

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Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.7 - 8.18.1

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100

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Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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 1775 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Sep. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1775.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

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

Average inflation rate | -4.94% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $0.95 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $-0.05 |

CPI in 1774 | 8.100 |

CPI in 1775 | 7.700 |

Inflation in 1774 | -5.81% |

Inflation in 1775 | -4.94% |

$1 in 1774 | $0.95 in 1775 |