$1 in 1935 is worth $1 in 1932

Value of $1 from 1935 to 1932

$1 in 1935 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1 in 1932, an increase of $0.00 over 3 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 0.00% per year between 1932 and 1935, producing a cumulative price increase of 0.00%.

The inflation rate in 1932 was -9.87%. The inflation rate in 1935 was 2.24%. The 1935 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.60% per year between 1935 and 2022.


Inflation from 1935 to 1932
Average inflation rate0.00%
Converted amount ($1 base)$1
Price difference ($1 base)$0.00
CPI in 193513.700
CPI in 193213.700
Inflation in 1932-9.87%
Inflation in 19352.24%
$1 in 1935$1 in 1932

Recent USD inflation
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $1 in 1932

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1 in 1932 (price index tracking began in 1635).

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

When $1 is equivalent to $1 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 1932 dollars, the chart below shows how $1 is worth less over 3 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: 1932-1935
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1932$1.00-9.87%
1933$0.95-5.11%
1934$0.983.08%
1935$1.002.24%
1936$1.011.46%
1937$1.053.60%
1938$1.03-2.08%
1939$1.01-1.42%
1940$1.020.72%
1941$1.075.00%
1942$1.1910.88%
1943$1.266.13%
1944$1.281.73%
1945$1.312.27%
1946$1.428.33%
1947$1.6314.36%
1948$1.768.07%
1949$1.74-1.24%
1950$1.761.26%
1951$1.907.88%
1952$1.931.92%
1953$1.950.75%
1954$1.960.75%
1955$1.96-0.37%
1956$1.991.49%
1957$2.053.31%
1958$2.112.85%
1959$2.120.69%
1960$2.161.72%
1961$2.181.01%
1962$2.201.00%
1963$2.231.32%
1964$2.261.31%
1965$2.301.61%
1966$2.362.86%
1967$2.443.09%
1968$2.544.19%
1969$2.685.46%
1970$2.835.72%
1971$2.964.38%
1972$3.053.21%
1973$3.246.22%
1974$3.6011.04%
1975$3.939.13%
1976$4.155.76%
1977$4.426.50%
1978$4.767.59%
1979$5.3011.35%
1980$6.0113.50%
1981$6.6410.32%
1982$7.046.16%
1983$7.273.21%
1984$7.584.32%
1985$7.853.56%
1986$8.001.86%
1987$8.293.65%
1988$8.644.14%
1989$9.054.82%
1990$9.545.40%
1991$9.944.21%
1992$10.243.01%
1993$10.552.99%
1994$10.822.56%
1995$11.122.83%
1996$11.452.95%
1997$11.722.29%
1998$11.901.56%
1999$12.162.21%
2000$12.573.36%
2001$12.932.85%
2002$13.131.58%
2003$13.432.28%
2004$13.792.66%
2005$14.263.39%
2006$14.723.23%
2007$15.132.85%
2008$15.723.84%
2009$15.66-0.36%
2010$15.921.64%
2011$16.423.16%
2012$16.762.07%
2013$17.001.46%
2014$17.281.62%
2015$17.300.12%
2016$17.521.26%
2017$17.892.13%
2018$18.342.49%
2019$18.661.76%
2020$18.891.23%
2021$19.784.70%
2022$21.629.30%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

This conversion table shows various other 1932 amounts in 1935 dollars, based on the 0.00% change in prices:

Conversion: 1932 dollars in 1935
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1932$1.00 dollars in 1935
$5 dollars in 1932$5.00 dollars in 1935
$10 dollars in 1932$10.00 dollars in 1935
$50 dollars in 1932$50.00 dollars in 1935
$100 dollars in 1932$100.00 dollars in 1935
$500 dollars in 1932$500.00 dollars in 1935
$1,000 dollars in 1932$1,000.00 dollars in 1935
$5,000 dollars in 1932$5,000.00 dollars in 1935
$10,000 dollars in 1932$10,000.00 dollars in 1935
$50,000 dollars in 1932$50,000.00 dollars in 1935
$100,000 dollars in 1932$100,000.00 dollars in 1935
$500,000 dollars in 1932$500,000.00 dollars in 1935
$1,000,000 dollars in 1932$1,000,000.00 dollars in 1935

Inflation by City

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1935 to 1932 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of $1):

Detroit, Michigan experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 3 years between 1932 and 1935 (0.04%).

Chicago, Illinois experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 3 years between 1932 and 1935 (-1.97%).

Note that some locations showing 0% inflation may have not yet reported latest data.


Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1935 would be equivalent to £1.02 in 1932, an absolute change of £0.02 and a cumulative change of 1.89%.

In Canada, CA$1.00 in 1935 would be equivalent to CA$1.03 in 1932, an absolute change of CA$0.03 and a cumulative change of 2.87%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $0.00 and total percent change of 0.00%.


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 1935 and 1932.

Compare these values to the overall average of 0.00% per year:

CategoryAvg Inflation (%)Total Inflation (%)$1 in 1932 → 1935
Food and beverages0.000.001.00
Housing0.000.001.00
Apparel2.708.331.08
Transportation0.000.000.00
Medical care0.000.000.00
Recreation0.000.001.00
Education and communication0.000.001.00
Other goods and services0.000.001.00

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 1935. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to calculate inflation rate for $1, 1932 to 1935

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1932 and 1935:

CPI in 1932 CPI in 1935
×
1935 USD value
=
1932 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.7 in the year 1935 and 13.7 in 1932:

13.713.7
×
$1
=
$1

$1 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1 in 1932.

To get the total inflation rate for the 3 years between 1932 and 1935, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1932 - CPI in 1935CPI in 1935
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (3 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

13.7 - 13.713.7
×
100
=
0%

Data source & citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1634 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University and from the American Antiquarian Society.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$1 in 1935 → 1932 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 5 Oct. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1935?amount=1&endYear=1932.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

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


Ian Webster

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.

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Inflation from 1935 to 1932
Average inflation rate0.00%
Converted amount ($1 base)$1
Price difference ($1 base)$0.00
CPI in 193513.700
CPI in 193213.700
Inflation in 1932-9.87%
Inflation in 19352.24%
$1 in 1935$1 in 1932