$1 in 1731 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $0.90 in 1732.
The dollar had an average **deflation** rate of -9.52% per year since 1731, producing a cumulative price change of -9.52%.
Purchasing power *increased* by 9.52% in 1732 compared to 1731. On average, you would have to spend 9.52% *less* money in 1732 than in 1731 for the same item.
This is an example of **deflation**.

This means that prices in 1732 are 9.52% lower than average prices since 1731, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index.

The 1731 inflation rate was -8.70%. The inflation rate in 1732 was -9.52%. The 1732 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.49% per year between 1732 and 2021.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1732 was 3.80. It was 4.20 in the previous year, 1731. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1732 CPI is less than 1731 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

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Average inflation rate | -9.52% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $0.90 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $-0.10 |

CPI in 1731 | 4.200 |

CPI in 1732 | 3.800 |

Inflation in 1731 | -8.70% |

Inflation in 1732 | -9.52% |

$1 in 1731 | $0.90 in 1732 |

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 1731 and 1732.

Compare these values to the overall average of -9.52% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $1 in 1731 → 1732 |
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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 1731. 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 1731 and 1732:

CPI in 1732
CPI in 1731

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1731 USD value

=

1732 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 4.2 in the year 1731 and 3.8 in 1732:

3.84.2

×

$1

=

$1 in 1731 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $0.90 in 1732.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1731 and 1732, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1732 - CPI in 1731CPI in 1731

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100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

3.8 - 4.24.2

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100

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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 1732 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 2 Dec. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1732.

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 | -9.52% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $0.90 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $-0.10 |

CPI in 1731 | 4.200 |

CPI in 1732 | 3.800 |

Inflation in 1731 | -8.70% |

Inflation in 1732 | -9.52% |

$1 in 1731 | $0.90 in 1732 |