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# U.S. inflation rate in 1794: 11.11%

### Inflation in 1794 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 11.11% in 1794 compared to 1793. On average, you would have to spend 11.11% more money in 1794 than in 1793 for the same item.

In other words, \$1 in 1793 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1.11 in 1794.

The 1793 inflation rate was 3.13%. The inflation rate in 1794 was 11.11%. The 1794 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.40% per year between 1794 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1794 was 11.00. It was 9.90 in the previous year, 1793. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.

 Average inflation rate 11.11% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.11 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.11 CPI in 1793 9.900 CPI in 1794 11.000 Inflation in 1793 3.13% Inflation in 1794 11.11%

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 1793 would be equivalent to £1.09 in 1794, an absolute change of £0.09 and a cumulative change of 8.97%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$0.11 and total percent change of 11.11%.

### 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 1793 and 1794.

Compare these values to the overall average of 11.11% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1793 → 1794
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 1793. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1793 to 1794

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1794CPI in 1793
×
1793 USD value
=
1794 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.9 in the year 1793 and 11 in 1794:

119.9
×
\$1
=
\$1.11

\$1 in 1793 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1.11 in 1794.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1793 and 1794, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1794 - CPI in 1793CPI in 1793
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

11 - 9.99.9
×
100
=
11%

### News headlines from 1793

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

• French National Convention sentences King Louis XVI to death
• The first US cabinet meeting is held at George Washington's home
• Adoption of the first republican constitution in France

### 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 1794 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1794.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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

#### About the author

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 11.11% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.11 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.11 CPI in 1793 9.900 CPI in 1794 11.000 Inflation in 1793 3.13% Inflation in 1794 11.11%