$1 in 1833 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.02 in 1834. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 2.38% per year between 1833 and 1834, producing a cumulative price increase of 2.38%. Purchasing power decreased by 2.38% in 1834 compared to 1833. On average, you would have to spend 2.38% more money in 1834 than in 1833 for the same item.

This means that prices in 1834 are 1.02 times higher than average prices since 1833, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1833 inflation rate was -2.33%. The inflation rate in 1834 was 2.38%. The 1834 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.87% per year between 1834 and 2021.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1834 was 8.60. It was 8.40 in the previous year, 1833. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.

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Average inflation rate | 2.38% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $1.02 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $0.02 |

CPI in 1833 | 8.400 |

CPI in 1834 | 8.600 |

Inflation in 1833 | -2.33% |

Inflation in 1834 | 2.38% |

$1 in 1833 | $1.02 in 1834 |

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1833 would be equivalent to £0.92 in 1834, an absolute change of £-0.08 and a cumulative change of -8.42%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $0.02 and total percent change of 2.38%.

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1833 and 1834.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.38% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $1 in 1833 → 1834 |
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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 1833. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1833 and 1834:

CPI in 1834
CPI in 1833

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1833 USD value

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1834 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.4 in the year 1833 and 8.6 in 1834:

8.68.4

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$1

=

$1 in 1833 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.02 in 1834.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1833 and 1834, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1834 - CPI in 1833CPI in 1833

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100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.6 - 8.48.4

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100

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

- The Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic, fall under British control.
- Joseph Pease, a Quaker, is admitted to Parliament.
- Charles Darwin arrives at the Straits of Ponsonby, Fireland.

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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 1834 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Sep. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1834.

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

Average inflation rate | 2.38% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $1.02 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $0.02 |

CPI in 1833 | 8.400 |

CPI in 1834 | 8.600 |

Inflation in 1833 | -2.33% |

Inflation in 1834 | 2.38% |

$1 in 1833 | $1.02 in 1834 |