U.S. inflation rate in 1916: 7.92%

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1916-2018 ($100)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1916 was 10.9. the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.12% per year. Prices in 2018 are 2189.5% higher than prices in 1916.

In other words, $100 in the year 1916 is equivalent in purchasing power to $2,289.49 in 2018, a difference of $2,189.49 over 102 years.

Compared to last year's annual rate, the inflation rate in 2018 is now 1.95%1. If this number holds, $100 today would be equivalent to $101.95 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

Inflation from 1916 to 2018
Cumulative price change 2189.49%
Average inflation rate 3.12%
Price difference ($100 base) $2,189.49
CPI in 1916 10.9
CPI in 2018 249.554


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 1916

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1916 * 1916 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 10.9 in the year 1916 and 249.554 in 2018:

249.554 / 10.9 * $100 = $2,289.49

$100 in 1916 has the same "purchasing power" as $2,289.49 in 2018.


News headlines from 1916

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

  • Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople, leading to ANZAC forces withdrawal from the Gallipoli Peninsula.
  • An estimated 1 million men are killed during the Battle of Verdun.
  • The Easter Rising ends after Irish republicans abandon the post office in Dublin and surrenders.
  • Tanks known as 'Little Willies' are used for the first time at the Battle of the Somme.
  • The first aerial combat in France is won by Manfred von Richthofen, known as The Red Baron, German Luftstreitkrafte flying ace.

Inflation Data Source

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: “Inflation Rate in 1916 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1916.


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