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# U.S. inflation rate in 1823: -10.26%

### Inflation in 1823 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power increased by 10.26% in 1823 compared to 1822. On average, you would have to spend 10.26% less money in 1823 than in 1822 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, \$1 in 1822 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$0.90 in 1823.

The 1822 inflation rate was 3.54%. The inflation rate in 1823 was -10.26%. The 1823 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.64% per year between 1823 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1823 was 10.50. It was 11.70 in the previous year, 1822. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1823 CPI is less than 1822 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

 Average inflation rate -10.26% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.90 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.10 CPI in 1822 11.700 CPI in 1823 10.500 Inflation in 1822 3.54% Inflation in 1823 -10.26%

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 1822 would be equivalent to £1.07 in 1823, an absolute change of £0.07 and a cumulative change of 6.74%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$-0.10 and total percent change of -10.26%.

### 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 1822 and 1823.

Compare these values to the overall average of -10.26% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1822 → 1823
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 1822. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1822 to 1823

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1823CPI in 1822
×
1822 USD value
=
1823 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 11.7 in the year 1822 and 10.5 in 1823:

10.511.7
×
\$1
=
\$0.90

\$1 in 1822 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$0.90 in 1823.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1822 and 1823, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1823 - CPI in 1822CPI in 1822
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

10.5 - 11.711.7
×
100
=
-10%

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

• Brazil's declares independence from Portugal, now celebrated as Brazilian National Day
• The Rosetta stone is deciphered by French scholar Jean-Fracois Champolion
• Theodoros Kolokotronis and Demetrius Ypsilanti capture Acrocorinth during the Greek War of Independence.

### 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 1823 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 28 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1823.