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# U.S. inflation rate in 1796: 4.76%

### Inflation in 1796 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 4.76% in 1796 compared to 1795. On average, you would have to spend 4.76% more money in 1796 than in 1795 for the same item.

In other words, \$1 in 1795 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1.05 in 1796.

The 1795 inflation rate was 14.55%. The inflation rate in 1796 was 4.76%. The 1796 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.33% per year between 1796 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1796 was 13.20. It was 12.60 in the previous year, 1795. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.

 Average inflation rate 4.76% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.05 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.05 CPI in 1795 12.600 CPI in 1796 13.200 Inflation in 1795 14.55% Inflation in 1796 4.76%

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 1795 would be equivalent to £1.06 in 1796, an absolute change of £0.06 and a cumulative change of 6.38%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$0.05 and total percent change of 4.76%.

### 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 1795 and 1796.

Compare these values to the overall average of 4.76% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1795 → 1796
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 1795. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1795 to 1796

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1796CPI in 1795
×
1795 USD value
=
1796 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 12.6 in the year 1795 and 13.2 in 1796:

13.212.6
×
\$1
=
\$1.05

\$1 in 1795 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1.05 in 1796.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1795 and 1796, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1796 - CPI in 1795CPI in 1795
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

13.2 - 12.612.6
×
100
=
5%

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

• The British capture Cape town.
• The United States establishes its southern border after signing the Pinckney's Treaty between Spain and US. This treaty also gave America the right to navigate the Mississippi River
• End of oligarchy in Amsterdam after a democratic revolution.

### 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 1796 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 28 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1796.