Falling Gas Prices: A State-by-State Look

by Alyssa Oursler | December 4, 2012 7:00 am

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In the past few weeks, falling gas prices have been cheered for their potential to save or boost holiday sales. While such a correlation might not necessarily be accurate[1], it’s undeniable that prices are on their way down. This isn’t unusual for the winter months, though, as colder weather tends to discourage travel.

Yesterday, the national average price of a gallon of gasoline was $3.39 — just more than a dime higher than it was a year ago, but a dime lower than it was a month ago[2] when prices were already dropping in the wake of the hurricane.

Of course, it’s not all good news. Prices are always high in the hard-to-reach state of Hawaii, and they also remain notably high in New York thanks to shortages. Still, they are more manageable than they were last month when drivers were shelling out nearly $4 per gallon.

Head to the middle of the country and the sticker price looks much more appealing. Prices in Missouri and Texas have dropped significantly, as consumers are handing over a quarter less per gallon than the national average.

Below is a state-by-state roster of average gas prices from AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report[3], listed from most to least expensive:

State Price State Price State Price
Hawaii $4.047 New Hampshire $3.466 Arizona $3.337
New York $3.863 Washington $3.457 North Carolina $3.324
Alaska $3.792 Michigan $3.446 Iowa $3.292
Connecticut $3.782 Oregon $3.430 New Mexico $3.290
California $3.698 Delaware $3.407 Georgia $3.276
Vermont $3.634 Indiana $3.390 Minnesota $3.275
Rhode Island $3.630 North Dakota $3.380 Virginia $3.225
Maine $3.582 Kentucky $3.377 Kansas $3.218
Pennsylvania $3.578 Maryland $3.375 Alabama $3.214
Massachusetts $3.574 Wisconsin $3.375 Louisiana $3.195
West Virginia $3.530 Ohio $3.369 Arkansas $3.170
D.C. $3.511 Florida $3.366 Mississippi $3.170
Nevada $3.504 Colorado $3.361 Tennessee $3.161
Idaho $3.501 Wyoming $3.356 Oklahoma $3.154
Utah $3.496 Montana $3.355 South Carolina $3.154
Illinois $3.486 Nebraska $3.350 Texas $3.143
New Jersey $3.467 South Dakota $3.339 Missouri $3.140
  1. might not necessarily be accurate: https://investorplace.com/2012/11/lower-gas-prices-are-no-christmas-miracle/
  2. a month ago: https://investorplace.com/2012/11/falling-gas-prices-a-state-by-state-look-2/
  3. AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp

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