# \$1 in 1811 is worth \$0.85 in 1811

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## Value of \$1 from 1815 to 1811

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1811 are 14.94% lower than average prices since 1815. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.13% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$1 in 1815 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$0.85 in 1811, a difference of \$-0.15 over 4 years.

The 1811 inflation rate was 6.50%. The inflation rate in 1815 was -12.50%. The 1815 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.38% per year between 1815 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change -14.94% Average inflation rate 4.13% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.85 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.15 CPI in 1815 15.400 CPI in 1811 13.100 Inflation in 1811 6.50% Inflation in 1815 -12.50%

USD Inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

## Buying power of \$1 in 1811

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$1 in 1811 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with \$1, you would need to end with \$0.85 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$1 is equivalent to \$0.85 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.S. dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1811 dollars, the chart below shows how \$1 is worth less over 4 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Dollar inflation: 1811-1815
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1811 \$1.00 6.50%
1812 \$1.02 1.53%
1813 \$1.22 20.30%
1814 \$1.34 10.00%
1815 \$1.18 -12.50%
1816 \$1.08 -8.44%
1817 \$1.02 -5.67%
1818 \$0.97 -4.51%
1819 \$0.97 0.00%
1820 \$0.89 -7.87%
1821 \$0.86 -3.42%
1822 \$0.89 3.54%
1823 \$0.80 -10.26%
1824 \$0.74 -7.62%
1825 \$0.76 2.06%
1826 \$0.76 0.00%
1827 \$0.76 1.01%
1828 \$0.73 -5.00%
1829 \$0.71 -2.11%
1830 \$0.70 -1.08%
1831 \$0.66 -5.43%
1832 \$0.66 -1.15%
1833 \$0.64 -2.33%
1834 \$0.66 2.38%
1835 \$0.67 2.33%
1836 \$0.71 5.68%
1837 \$0.73 3.23%
1838 \$0.71 -3.12%
1839 \$0.71 0.00%
1840 \$0.66 -6.45%
1841 \$0.66 0.00%
1842 \$0.63 -5.75%
1843 \$0.56 -9.76%
1844 \$0.57 1.35%
1845 \$0.58 1.33%
1846 \$0.59 1.32%
1847 \$0.63 6.49%
1848 \$0.60 -3.66%
1849 \$0.59 -2.53%
1850 \$0.60 1.30%
1851 \$0.59 -1.28%
1852 \$0.59 0.00%
1853 \$0.59 0.00%
1854 \$0.64 9.09%
1855 \$0.66 3.57%
1856 \$0.65 -2.30%
1857 \$0.66 2.35%
1858 \$0.63 -5.75%
1859 \$0.63 1.22%
1860 \$0.63 0.00%
1861 \$0.67 6.02%
1862 \$0.77 14.77%
1863 \$0.96 24.75%
1864 \$1.20 24.60%
1865 \$1.24 3.82%
1866 \$1.21 -2.45%
1867 \$1.13 -6.92%
1868 \$1.08 -4.05%
1869 \$1.04 -4.23%
1870 \$1.00 -3.68%
1871 \$0.93 -6.87%
1872 \$0.93 0.00%
1873 \$0.92 -1.64%
1874 \$0.87 -5.00%
1875 \$0.84 -3.51%
1876 \$0.82 -2.73%
1877 \$0.80 -1.87%
1878 \$0.76 -4.76%
1879 \$0.76 0.00%
1880 \$0.78 2.00%
1881 \$0.78 0.00%
1882 \$0.78 0.00%
1883 \$0.77 -0.98%
1884 \$0.75 -2.97%
1885 \$0.74 -1.02%
1886 \$0.72 -3.09%
1887 \$0.73 1.06%
1888 \$0.73 0.00%
1889 \$0.70 -3.16%
1890 \$0.69 -1.09%
1891 \$0.69 0.00%
1892 \$0.69 0.00%
1893 \$0.69 -1.10%
1894 \$0.66 -4.44%
1895 \$0.64 -2.33%
1896 \$0.64 0.00%
1897 \$0.63 -1.19%
1898 \$0.63 0.00%
1899 \$0.63 0.00%
1900 \$0.64 1.20%
1901 \$0.65 1.19%
1902 \$0.66 1.18%
1903 \$0.67 2.33%
1904 \$0.68 1.14%
1905 \$0.67 -1.12%
1906 \$0.69 2.27%
1907 \$0.72 4.44%
1908 \$0.70 -2.13%
1909 \$0.69 -1.09%
1910 \$0.73 4.40%
1911 \$0.73 0.00%
1912 \$0.74 2.11%
1913 \$0.76 2.06%
1914 \$0.76 1.01%
1915 \$0.77 1.00%
1916 \$0.83 7.92%
1917 \$0.98 17.43%
1918 \$1.15 17.97%
1919 \$1.32 14.57%
1920 \$1.53 15.61%
1921 \$1.37 -10.50%
1922 \$1.28 -6.15%
1923 \$1.31 1.79%
1924 \$1.31 0.00%
1925 \$1.34 2.34%
1926 \$1.35 1.14%
1927 \$1.33 -1.69%
1928 \$1.31 -1.72%
1929 \$1.31 0.00%
1930 \$1.27 -2.34%
1931 \$1.16 -8.98%
1932 \$1.05 -9.87%
1933 \$0.99 -5.11%
1934 \$1.02 3.08%
1935 \$1.05 2.24%
1936 \$1.06 1.46%
1937 \$1.10 3.60%
1938 \$1.08 -2.08%
1939 \$1.06 -1.42%
1940 \$1.07 0.72%
1941 \$1.12 5.00%
1942 \$1.24 10.88%
1943 \$1.32 6.13%
1944 \$1.34 1.73%
1945 \$1.37 2.27%
1946 \$1.49 8.33%
1947 \$1.70 14.36%
1948 \$1.84 8.07%
1949 \$1.82 -1.24%
1950 \$1.84 1.26%
1951 \$1.98 7.88%
1952 \$2.02 1.92%
1953 \$2.04 0.75%
1954 \$2.05 0.75%
1955 \$2.05 -0.37%
1956 \$2.08 1.49%
1957 \$2.15 3.31%
1958 \$2.21 2.85%
1959 \$2.22 0.69%
1960 \$2.26 1.72%
1961 \$2.28 1.01%
1962 \$2.31 1.00%
1963 \$2.34 1.32%
1964 \$2.37 1.31%
1965 \$2.40 1.61%
1966 \$2.47 2.86%
1967 \$2.55 3.09%
1968 \$2.66 4.19%
1969 \$2.80 5.46%
1970 \$2.96 5.72%
1971 \$3.09 4.38%
1972 \$3.19 3.21%
1973 \$3.39 6.22%
1974 \$3.76 11.04%
1975 \$4.11 9.13%
1976 \$4.34 5.76%
1977 \$4.63 6.50%
1978 \$4.98 7.59%
1979 \$5.54 11.35%
1980 \$6.29 13.50%
1981 \$6.94 10.32%
1982 \$7.37 6.16%
1983 \$7.60 3.21%
1984 \$7.93 4.32%
1985 \$8.21 3.56%
1986 \$8.37 1.86%
1987 \$8.67 3.65%
1988 \$9.03 4.14%
1989 \$9.47 4.82%
1990 \$9.98 5.40%
1991 \$10.40 4.21%
1992 \$10.71 3.01%
1993 \$11.03 2.99%
1994 \$11.31 2.56%
1995 \$11.63 2.83%
1996 \$11.98 2.95%
1997 \$12.25 2.29%
1998 \$12.44 1.56%
1999 \$12.72 2.21%
2000 \$13.15 3.36%
2001 \$13.52 2.85%
2002 \$13.73 1.58%
2003 \$14.05 2.28%
2004 \$14.42 2.66%
2005 \$14.91 3.39%
2006 \$15.39 3.23%
2007 \$15.83 2.85%
2008 \$16.44 3.84%
2009 \$16.38 -0.36%
2010 \$16.65 1.64%
2011 \$17.17 3.16%
2012 \$17.53 2.07%
2013 \$17.78 1.46%
2014 \$18.07 1.62%
2015 \$18.09 0.12%
2016 \$18.32 1.26%
2017 \$18.71 2.13%
2018 \$19.18 2.49%
2019 \$19.52 1.76%
2020 \$19.57 0.29%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

This conversion table shows various other 1811 amounts in 1815 dollars, based on the -14.94% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 1815
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1811 \$1.18 dollars in 1815
\$5 dollars in 1811 \$5.88 dollars in 1815
\$10 dollars in 1811 \$11.76 dollars in 1815
\$50 dollars in 1811 \$58.78 dollars in 1815
\$100 dollars in 1811 \$117.56 dollars in 1815
\$500 dollars in 1811 \$587.79 dollars in 1815
\$1,000 dollars in 1811 \$1,175.57 dollars in 1815
\$5,000 dollars in 1811 \$5,877.86 dollars in 1815
\$10,000 dollars in 1811 \$11,755.73 dollars in 1815
\$50,000 dollars in 1811 \$58,778.63 dollars in 1815
\$100,000 dollars in 1811 \$117,557.25 dollars in 1815
\$500,000 dollars in 1811 \$587,786.26 dollars in 1815
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1811 \$1,175,572.52 dollars in 1815

## Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1815 would be equivalent to £1.10 in 1811, an absolute change of £0.10 and a cumulative change of 10.24%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$-0.15 and total percent change of -14.94%.

## Inflation by Spending Category

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 1815 and 1811.

Compare these values to the overall average of 4.13% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1811 → 1815
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

The graph below compares inflation in categories of goods over time. Click on a category such as "Food" to toggle it on or off:

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, 1811 to 1815

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1811 and 1815:

CPI in 1811 CPI in 1815
×
1815 USD value
=
1811 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 15.4 in the year 1815 and 13.1 in 1811:

13.115.4
×
\$1
=
\$0.85

\$1 in 1815 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$0.85 in 1811.

To get the total inflation rate for the 4 years between 1811 and 1815, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1811 - CPI in 1815CPI in 1815
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (4 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

13.1 - 15.415.4
×
100
=
-15%

## News headlines from 1811

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: “\$1 in 1815 → 1811 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 26 May. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1815?amount=1&endYear=1811.

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.

 Cumulative price change -14.94% Average inflation rate 4.13% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.85 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.15 CPI in 1815 15.400 CPI in 1811 13.100 Inflation in 1811 6.50% Inflation in 1815 -12.50%