# \$1 in 1965 is worth \$0.95 in 1961

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## Value of \$1 from 1965 to 1961

\$1 in 1965 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$0.95 in 1961, an increase of \$-0.05 over 4 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 1.31% per year between 1961 and 1965, producing a cumulative price increase of -5.08%.

This means that prices in 1961 are 5.08% lower than average prices since 1965, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1961 inflation rate was 1.01%. The inflation rate in 1965 was 1.61%. The 1965 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.91% per year between 1965 and 2021.

 Cumulative price change -5.08% Average inflation rate 1.31% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.95 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.05 CPI in 1965 31.500 CPI in 1961 29.900 Inflation in 1961 1.01% Inflation in 1965 1.61% \$1 in 1965 \$0.95 in 1961

USD Inflation since 1913
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI

## Buying power of \$1 in 1961

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$1 in 1961 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with \$1, you would need to end with \$0.95 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$1 is equivalent to \$0.95 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 1961 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: 1961-1965
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1961 \$1.00 1.01%
1962 \$1.01 1.00%
1963 \$1.02 1.32%
1964 \$1.04 1.31%
1965 \$1.05 1.61%
1966 \$1.08 2.86%
1967 \$1.12 3.09%
1968 \$1.16 4.19%
1969 \$1.23 5.46%
1970 \$1.30 5.72%
1971 \$1.35 4.38%
1972 \$1.40 3.21%
1973 \$1.48 6.22%
1974 \$1.65 11.04%
1975 \$1.80 9.13%
1976 \$1.90 5.76%
1977 \$2.03 6.50%
1978 \$2.18 7.59%
1979 \$2.43 11.35%
1980 \$2.76 13.50%
1981 \$3.04 10.32%
1982 \$3.23 6.16%
1983 \$3.33 3.21%
1984 \$3.47 4.32%
1985 \$3.60 3.56%
1986 \$3.67 1.86%
1987 \$3.80 3.65%
1988 \$3.96 4.14%
1989 \$4.15 4.82%
1990 \$4.37 5.40%
1991 \$4.56 4.21%
1992 \$4.69 3.01%
1993 \$4.83 2.99%
1994 \$4.96 2.56%
1995 \$5.10 2.83%
1996 \$5.25 2.95%
1997 \$5.37 2.29%
1998 \$5.45 1.56%
1999 \$5.57 2.21%
2000 \$5.76 3.36%
2001 \$5.92 2.85%
2002 \$6.02 1.58%
2003 \$6.15 2.28%
2004 \$6.32 2.66%
2005 \$6.53 3.39%
2006 \$6.74 3.23%
2007 \$6.93 2.85%
2008 \$7.20 3.84%
2009 \$7.18 -0.36%
2010 \$7.29 1.64%
2011 \$7.52 3.16%
2012 \$7.68 2.07%
2013 \$7.79 1.46%
2014 \$7.92 1.62%
2015 \$7.93 0.12%
2016 \$8.03 1.26%
2017 \$8.20 2.13%
2018 \$8.40 2.49%
2019 \$8.55 1.76%
2020 \$8.66 1.23%
2021 \$9.00 4.01%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

This conversion table shows various other 1961 amounts in 1965 dollars, based on the -5.08% change in prices:

Conversion: 1961 dollars in 1965
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1961 \$1.05 dollars in 1965
\$5 dollars in 1961 \$5.27 dollars in 1965
\$10 dollars in 1961 \$10.54 dollars in 1965
\$50 dollars in 1961 \$52.68 dollars in 1965
\$100 dollars in 1961 \$105.35 dollars in 1965
\$500 dollars in 1961 \$526.76 dollars in 1965
\$1,000 dollars in 1961 \$1,053.51 dollars in 1965
\$5,000 dollars in 1961 \$5,267.56 dollars in 1965
\$10,000 dollars in 1961 \$10,535.12 dollars in 1965
\$50,000 dollars in 1961 \$52,675.59 dollars in 1965
\$100,000 dollars in 1961 \$105,351.17 dollars in 1965
\$500,000 dollars in 1961 \$526,755.85 dollars in 1965
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1961 \$1,053,511.71 dollars in 1965

## Inflation by City

Inflation can vary widely by city, even within the United States. Here's how some cities fared in 1965 to 1961 (figures shown are purchasing power equivalents of \$1):

Boston, Massachusetts experienced the highest rate of inflation during the 4 years between 1961 and 1965 (1.85%).

Chicago, Illinois experienced the lowest rate of inflation during the 4 years between 1961 and 1965 (0.94%).

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 1965 would be equivalent to £0.87 in 1961, an absolute change of £-0.13 and a cumulative change of -13.01%.

In Canada, CA\$1.00 in 1965 would be equivalent to CA\$0.92 in 1961, an absolute change of CA\$-0.08 and a cumulative change of -8.19%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of \$-0.05 and total percent change of -5.08%.

## 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 1965 and 1961.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.31% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) \$1 in 1961 → 1965
Food and beverages 0.00 0.00 1.00
Housing 0.00 0.00 1.00
Apparel 0.90 3.64 1.04
Transportation 1.44 5.90 1.06
Medical care 2.38 9.87 1.10
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 1965. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1961 to 1965

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1961 and 1965:

CPI in 1961 CPI in 1965
×
1965 USD value
=
1961 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 31.5 in the year 1965 and 29.9 in 1961:

29.931.5
×
\$1
=
\$0.95

\$1 in 1965 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$0.95 in 1961.

To get the total inflation rate for the 4 years between 1961 and 1965, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1961 - CPI in 1965CPI in 1965
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (4 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

29.9 - 31.531.5
×
100
=
-5%

## Alternate Measurements of Inflation

The above data describe the CPI for all items. Also of note is the Core CPI, which measures inflation for all items except for the more volatile categories of food and energy. Core inflation averaged 1.39% per year between 1965 and 1961 (vs all-CPI inflation of 1.31%), for an inflation total of 5.66%.

When using the core inflation measurement, \$1 in 1965 is equivalent in buying power to \$1.06 in 1961, a difference of \$0.06. Recall that for All Items, the converted amount is \$0.95 with a difference of \$-0.05.

In 1965, core inflation was 1.13%.

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

• Aleksei Leonov, a Soviet cosmonaut, makes the first Spacewalk, when he leaves the Hos spacecraft for 12 minutes.
• Winston Churchill, is given the largest state funeral ever, it takes place in St Paul's Cathedral, London.
• The Supreme Court legalises the use of contraception by married couples.
• France becomes the third nation in space, after launching its first satellite.
• Lyndon B. Johnson, US President, signs the Voting Rights Act, making voting discrimination against minorities illegal.

## 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 1965 → 1961 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Jun. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1965?amount=1&endYear=1961.

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