$1 in 1843 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.01 in 1844. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 1.35% per year between 1843 and 1844, producing a cumulative price increase of 1.35%. Purchasing power decreased by 1.35% in 1844 compared to 1843. On average, you would have to spend 1.35% more money in 1844 than in 1843 for the same item.

This means that prices in 1844 are 1.01 times higher than average prices since 1843, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1843 inflation rate was -9.76%. The inflation rate in 1844 was 1.35%. The 1844 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.05% per year between 1844 and 2021.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1844 was 7.50. It was 7.40 in the previous year, 1843. 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 | 1.35% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $1.01 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $0.01 |

CPI in 1843 | 7.400 |

CPI in 1844 | 7.500 |

Inflation in 1843 | -9.76% |

Inflation in 1844 | 1.35% |

$1 in 1843 | $1.01 in 1844 |

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1843 would be equivalent to £1.00 in 1844, an absolute change of £0.00 and a cumulative change of 0.00%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $0.01 and total percent change of 1.35%.

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 1843 and 1844.

Compare these values to the overall average of 1.35% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $1 in 1843 → 1844 |
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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 1843. 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 1843 and 1844:

CPI in 1844
CPI in 1843

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1843 USD value

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1844 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 7.4 in the year 1843 and 7.5 in 1844:

7.57.4

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$1

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$1 in 1843 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.01 in 1844.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1843 and 1844, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1844 - CPI in 1843CPI in 1843

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100

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Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.5 - 7.47.4

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100

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

- Queen Victoria appoints William Wordsworth as the new British Poet Laureate
- Edward Kavanagh becomes the first Catholic governor in the United States.
- Scotland's United Free Church is formed.

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 1844 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Oct. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1844.

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.

Average inflation rate | 1.35% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $1.01 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $0.01 |

CPI in 1843 | 7.400 |

CPI in 1844 | 7.500 |

Inflation in 1843 | -9.76% |

Inflation in 1844 | 1.35% |

$1 in 1843 | $1.01 in 1844 |