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# U.S. inflation rate in 1816: -8.44%

### Inflation in 1816 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power increased by 8.44% in 1816 compared to 1815. On average, you would have to spend 8.44% less money in 1816 than in 1815 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, \$1 in 1815 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$0.92 in 1816.

The 1815 inflation rate was -12.50%. The inflation rate in 1816 was -8.44%. The 1816 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.43% per year between 1816 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1816 was 14.10. It was 15.40 in the previous year, 1815. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1816 CPI is less than 1815 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

 Average inflation rate -8.44% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.92 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.08 CPI in 1815 15.400 CPI in 1816 14.100 Inflation in 1815 -12.50% Inflation in 1816 -8.44%

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 1815 would be equivalent to £0.91 in 1816, an absolute change of £-0.09 and a cumulative change of -8.66%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$-0.08 and total percent change of -8.44%.

### 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 1815 and 1816.

Compare these values to the overall average of -8.44% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1815 → 1816
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 1815. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1815 to 1816

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1816CPI in 1815
×
1815 USD value
=
1816 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 15.4 in the year 1815 and 14.1 in 1816:

14.115.4
×
\$1
=
\$0.92

\$1 in 1815 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$0.92 in 1816.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1815 and 1816, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1816 - CPI in 1815CPI in 1815
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

14.1 - 15.415.4
×
100
=
-8%

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

• Napoleon leaves Elba in order to reconnect with his supporters in France.
• Napoleon returns to Paris and begins his 100-day rule until his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo.
• The Holy Alliance is signed by Russia, Prussia and Austria
• Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on the island of Saint Hellena to begin his exile

### 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 1816 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 29 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1816.