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# U.S. inflation rate in 1827: 1.01%

### Inflation in 1827 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.01% in 1827 compared to 1826. On average, you would have to spend 1.01% more money in 1827 than in 1826 for the same item.

In other words, \$1 in 1826 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1.01 in 1827.

The 1826 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1827 was 1.01%. The 1827 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.70% per year between 1827 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1827 was 10.00. It was 9.90 in the previous year, 1826. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.

 Average inflation rate 1.01% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.01 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.01 CPI in 1826 9.900 CPI in 1827 10.000 Inflation in 1826 0.00% Inflation in 1827 1.01%

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 1826 would be equivalent to £0.94 in 1827, an absolute change of £-0.06 and a cumulative change of -6.14%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$0.01 and total percent change of 1.01%.

### 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 1826 and 1827.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.01% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1826 → 1827
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 1826. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1826 to 1827

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1827CPI in 1826
×
1826 USD value
=
1827 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 9.9 in the year 1826 and 10 in 1827:

109.9
×
\$1
=
\$1.01

\$1 in 1826 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1.01 in 1827.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1826 and 1827, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1827 - CPI in 1826CPI in 1826
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

10 - 9.99.9
×
100
=
1%

### News headlines from 1826

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

• The Menai Suspension Bridge, opens, it is the world's first modern suspension bridge.
• Biela's Comet is discovered by Austrian officer Wilhelm von Biela
• Samuel Mory patents the world’s first combustion engine.

### 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 1827 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 26 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1827.

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 1.01% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$1.01 Price difference (\$1 base) \$0.01 CPI in 1826 9.900 CPI in 1827 10.000 Inflation in 1826 0.00% Inflation in 1827 1.01%