U.S. inflation rate in 1935: 2.24%

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Inflation since 1935 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1935 was 13.7. It was 13.4 in the previous year. This change in CPI is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate inflation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.57% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1736.4% higher than prices in 1935.

In other words, $100 in 1935 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1,836.42 in 2018, a difference of $1,736.42 over 83 years.

The current inflation rate is now 2.80%1. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent to $102.80 next year. The current inflation rate page gives more detail on the latest official inflation rates.

Inflation from 1935 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1736.42%
Average inflation rate 3.57%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,836.42
Price difference ($100 base) $1,736.42
CPI in 1935 13.7
CPI in 2018 251.59


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 1935

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1935 * 1935 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.7 in the year 1935 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 13.7 * $100 = $1,836.42

$100 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,836.42 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for $100 in 1935 (price index tracking began in 1913). Each of these USD amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1935 $100.00 2.24%
1936 $101.46 1.46%
1937 $105.11 3.60%
1938 $102.92 -2.08%
1939 $101.46 -1.42%
1940 $102.19 0.72%
1941 $107.30 5.00%
1942 $118.98 10.88%
1943 $126.28 6.13%
1944 $128.47 1.73%
1945 $131.39 2.27%
1946 $142.34 8.33%
1947 $162.77 14.36%
1948 $175.91 8.07%
1949 $173.72 -1.24%
1950 $175.91 1.26%
1951 $189.78 7.88%
1952 $193.43 1.92%
1953 $194.89 0.75%
1954 $196.35 0.75%
1955 $195.62 -0.37%
1956 $198.54 1.49%
1957 $205.11 3.31%
1958 $210.95 2.85%
1959 $212.41 0.69%
1960 $216.06 1.72%
1961 $218.25 1.01%
1962 $220.44 1.00%
1963 $223.36 1.32%
1964 $226.28 1.31%
1965 $229.93 1.61%
1966 $236.50 2.86%
1967 $243.80 3.09%
1968 $254.01 4.19%
1969 $267.88 5.46%
1970 $283.21 5.72%
1971 $295.62 4.38%
1972 $305.11 3.21%
1973 $324.09 6.22%
1974 $359.85 11.04%
1975 $392.70 9.13%
1976 $415.33 5.76%
1977 $442.34 6.50%
1978 $475.91 7.59%
1979 $529.93 11.35%
1980 $601.46 13.50%
1981 $663.50 10.32%
1982 $704.38 6.16%
1983 $727.01 3.21%
1984 $758.39 4.32%
1985 $785.40 3.56%
1986 $800.00 1.86%
1987 $829.20 3.65%
1988 $863.50 4.14%
1989 $905.11 4.82%
1990 $954.01 5.40%
1991 $994.16 4.21%
1992 $1,024.09 3.01%
1993 $1,054.74 2.99%
1994 $1,081.75 2.56%
1995 $1,112.41 2.83%
1996 $1,145.26 2.95%
1997 $1,171.53 2.29%
1998 $1,189.78 1.56%
1999 $1,216.06 2.21%
2000 $1,256.93 3.36%
2001 $1,292.70 2.85%
2002 $1,313.14 1.58%
2003 $1,343.07 2.28%
2004 $1,378.83 2.66%
2005 $1,425.55 3.39%
2006 $1,471.53 3.23%
2007 $1,513.45 2.85%
2008 $1,571.55 3.84%
2009 $1,565.96 -0.36%
2010 $1,591.65 1.64%
2011 $1,641.89 3.16%
2012 $1,675.87 2.07%
2013 $1,700.42 1.46%
2014 $1,728.00 1.62%
2015 $1,730.05 0.12%
2016 $1,751.88 1.26%
2017 $1,786.76 1.99%
2018 $1,836.42 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1935

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

  • Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles by ordering German rearmament.
  • In an event known as "Black Sunday", a severe sandstorm strikes the US Midwest, coining the term "Dust Bowl".
  • Communist forces end their Long March bringing Mao Zedong to prominence.
  • First trans-pacific airmail flight by a flying boat the "China Clipper" that took off from Alameda, California

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 1935 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 13 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1935.


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