U.S. inflation rate in 1936: 1.46%

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Inflation since 1936 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1936 was 13.9. It was 13.7 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 3.59% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1710.0% higher than prices in 1936.

In other words, $100 in 1936 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1,810.00 in 2018, a difference of $1,710.00 over 82 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 1936 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1710.00%
Average inflation rate 3.59%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,810.00
Price difference ($100 base) $1,710.00
CPI in 1936 13.9
CPI in 2018 251.59


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How to calculate the inflation rate for $100 since 1936

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1936 * 1936 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 13.9 in the year 1936 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 13.9 * $100 = $1,810.00

$100 in 1936 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,810.00 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for $100 in 1936 (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
1936 $100.00 1.46%
1937 $103.60 3.60%
1938 $101.44 -2.08%
1939 $100.00 -1.42%
1940 $100.72 0.72%
1941 $105.76 5.00%
1942 $117.27 10.88%
1943 $124.46 6.13%
1944 $126.62 1.73%
1945 $129.50 2.27%
1946 $140.29 8.33%
1947 $160.43 14.36%
1948 $173.38 8.07%
1949 $171.22 -1.24%
1950 $173.38 1.26%
1951 $187.05 7.88%
1952 $190.65 1.92%
1953 $192.09 0.75%
1954 $193.53 0.75%
1955 $192.81 -0.37%
1956 $195.68 1.49%
1957 $202.16 3.31%
1958 $207.91 2.85%
1959 $209.35 0.69%
1960 $212.95 1.72%
1961 $215.11 1.01%
1962 $217.27 1.00%
1963 $220.14 1.32%
1964 $223.02 1.31%
1965 $226.62 1.61%
1966 $233.09 2.86%
1967 $240.29 3.09%
1968 $250.36 4.19%
1969 $264.03 5.46%
1970 $279.14 5.72%
1971 $291.37 4.38%
1972 $300.72 3.21%
1973 $319.42 6.22%
1974 $354.68 11.04%
1975 $387.05 9.13%
1976 $409.35 5.76%
1977 $435.97 6.50%
1978 $469.06 7.59%
1979 $522.30 11.35%
1980 $592.81 13.50%
1981 $653.96 10.32%
1982 $694.24 6.16%
1983 $716.55 3.21%
1984 $747.48 4.32%
1985 $774.10 3.56%
1986 $788.49 1.86%
1987 $817.27 3.65%
1988 $851.08 4.14%
1989 $892.09 4.82%
1990 $940.29 5.40%
1991 $979.86 4.21%
1992 $1,009.35 3.01%
1993 $1,039.57 2.99%
1994 $1,066.19 2.56%
1995 $1,096.40 2.83%
1996 $1,128.78 2.95%
1997 $1,154.68 2.29%
1998 $1,172.66 1.56%
1999 $1,198.56 2.21%
2000 $1,238.85 3.36%
2001 $1,274.10 2.85%
2002 $1,294.24 1.58%
2003 $1,323.74 2.28%
2004 $1,358.99 2.66%
2005 $1,405.04 3.39%
2006 $1,450.36 3.23%
2007 $1,491.67 2.85%
2008 $1,548.94 3.84%
2009 $1,543.43 -0.36%
2010 $1,568.75 1.64%
2011 $1,618.27 3.16%
2012 $1,651.76 2.07%
2013 $1,675.95 1.46%
2014 $1,703.14 1.62%
2015 $1,705.16 0.12%
2016 $1,726.67 1.26%
2017 $1,761.05 1.99%
2018 $1,810.00 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1936

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

  • Hitler violates the Versailles treaty by sending his troops into the Rhineland.
  • Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola begin a right wing uprising in Spain signalling the start of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Doctors administer the first radioactive isotope medicine in Berkley, 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 1936 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 15 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1936.


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