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1961 Economy and Prices



President: John F. Kennedy
Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson
Population: 183,691,481
Life expectancy: 70.2 years
High: 734
Low: 610
Federal spending: $97.72 billion
Federal debt: $292.6 billion
Inflation: 1.9%
Unemployment: 5.5%


Cost of a new home: $17,200
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.31
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.57
Cost of a gallon of milk: $0.49
Cost of a first-class postage stamp: $0.04

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