# U.S. inflation rate in 1941: 5.00%

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### Inflation since 1941 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1941 was 14.7. It was 14 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 3.76% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1611.5% higher than prices in 1941.

In other words, \$100 in 1941 is equivalent in purchasing power to \$1,711.50 in 2018, a difference of \$1,611.50 over 77 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.

 Cumulative price change 1611.50% Average inflation rate 3.76% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$1,711.50 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,611.50 CPI in 1941 14.7 CPI in 2018 251.59

The above data describe the CPI for all items. Also of note is U.S. "Core Inflation," which measures the CPI for all items except for the more volatile categories of food and energy. Core inflation averaged NaN% per year between 1941 and 2018. In 1941, core inflation was 0.00%.

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### How to calculate the inflation rate for \$100 since 1941

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1941 * 1941 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 14.7 in the year 1941 and 251.59 in 2018:

251.59 / 14.7 * \$100 = \$1,711.50

\$100 in 1941 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1,711.50 in 2018.

### Buying power of \$100 since 1941

Below are calculations of buying power over time for \$100 in 1941 (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
1941 \$100.00 5.00%
1942 \$110.88 10.88%
1943 \$117.69 6.13%
1944 \$119.73 1.73%
1945 \$122.45 2.27%
1946 \$132.65 8.33%
1947 \$151.70 14.36%
1948 \$163.95 8.07%
1949 \$161.90 -1.24%
1950 \$163.95 1.26%
1951 \$176.87 7.88%
1952 \$180.27 1.92%
1953 \$181.63 0.75%
1954 \$182.99 0.75%
1955 \$182.31 -0.37%
1956 \$185.03 1.49%
1957 \$191.16 3.31%
1958 \$196.60 2.85%
1959 \$197.96 0.69%
1960 \$201.36 1.72%
1961 \$203.40 1.01%
1962 \$205.44 1.00%
1963 \$208.16 1.32%
1964 \$210.88 1.31%
1965 \$214.29 1.61%
1966 \$220.41 2.86%
1967 \$227.21 3.09%
1968 \$236.73 4.19%
1969 \$249.66 5.46%
1970 \$263.95 5.72%
1971 \$275.51 4.38%
1972 \$284.35 3.21%
1973 \$302.04 6.22%
1974 \$335.37 11.04%
1975 \$365.99 9.13%
1976 \$387.07 5.76%
1977 \$412.24 6.50%
1978 \$443.54 7.59%
1979 \$493.88 11.35%
1980 \$560.54 13.50%
1981 \$618.37 10.32%
1982 \$656.46 6.16%
1983 \$677.55 3.21%
1984 \$706.80 4.32%
1985 \$731.97 3.56%
1986 \$745.58 1.86%
1987 \$772.79 3.65%
1988 \$804.76 4.14%
1989 \$843.54 4.82%
1990 \$889.12 5.40%
1991 \$926.53 4.21%
1992 \$954.42 3.01%
1993 \$982.99 2.99%
1994 \$1,008.16 2.56%
1995 \$1,036.73 2.83%
1996 \$1,067.35 2.95%
1997 \$1,091.84 2.29%
1998 \$1,108.84 1.56%
1999 \$1,133.33 2.21%
2000 \$1,171.43 3.36%
2001 \$1,204.76 2.85%
2002 \$1,223.81 1.58%
2003 \$1,251.70 2.28%
2004 \$1,285.03 2.66%
2005 \$1,328.57 3.39%
2006 \$1,371.43 3.23%
2007 \$1,410.49 2.85%
2008 \$1,464.65 3.84%
2009 \$1,459.44 -0.36%
2010 \$1,483.37 1.64%
2011 \$1,530.20 3.16%
2012 \$1,561.86 2.07%
2013 \$1,584.74 1.46%
2014 \$1,610.45 1.62%
2015 \$1,612.36 0.12%
2016 \$1,632.70 1.26%
2017 \$1,665.21 1.99%
2018 \$1,711.50 2.78%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

### News headlines from 1941

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

• 6,000 Jews are exterminated in the Bucharest pogrom in Romania.
• Kuomintang troops open fire at communist forces, leading to the resumption of the Chinese civil war.
• The British battle cruiser the HMS Hood is sunk by the German Battleship Bismarck, leading to 1,416 dead and only 3 survivors.
• Germany, Italy, and Romania declare war on the Soviet Union.

### 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: “Inflation Rate in 1941 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1941.