Falling Gas Prices: A State-by-State Look

by Alyssa Oursler | January 15, 2013 8:30 am

Today, the national average price of a gallon of gasoline sits at $3.30, or around 3 cents higher than its price a month ago — representing the first rise since early October.

However, the good news outweighs the bad by far. That $3.30 price tag still is an appealing 38 cents lower than what we saw at the pump a year ago. And looking forward, the annual gas bill for drivers[1] in 2013 is expected to fall for the first time in four years (despite the recent uptick) thanks to ample supply and weak U.S. demand.

Prices in eight states are below the $3 mark, and only one — hard-to-reach Hawaii — is above the $4 mark. Gas is cheapest across the Midwest, Rocky Mountain states and not bad at all down South — though that’s hardly surprising, as the region always is one of the least expensive.

California, New York and Connecticut are relatively expensive locales; Florida and Alaska also have to fork over slightly more at the pump.

Below is a state-by-state roster of average gas prices from AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report[2], listed from most to least expensive:

State Price State Price State Price
Hawaii $4.055 Washington $3.377 Arkansas $3.131
New York $3.736 New Jersey $3.343 Nevada $3.130
Connecticut $3.686 Oregon $3.335 North Dakota $3.110
California $3.623 Kentucky $3.332 Nebraska $3.095
D.C. $3.604 Illinois $3.327 Iowa $3.086
Alaska $3.571 Georgia $3.325 Arizona $3.063
Vermont $3.571 Virginia $3.282 South Dakota $3.041
Maine $3.548 Michigan $3.262 Kansas $3.034
Rhode Island $3.540 Indiana $3.260 Montana $3.025
Pennsylvania $3.513 Ohio $3.238 Idaho $2.945
Massachusetts $3.447 Alabama $3.232 New Mexico $2.983
West Virginia $3.441 Louisiana $3.221 Missouri $2.980
Florida $3.440 South Carolina $3.204 Oklahoma $2.970
New Hampshire $3.418 Mississippi $3.197 Minnesota $2.963
Maryland $3.415 Tennessee $3.191 Colorado $2.859
Delaware $3.396 Texas $3.176 Wyoming $2.847
North Carolina $3.379 Wisconsin $3.159 Utah $2.843
  1. annual gas bill for drivers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/gas-prices-2013_n_2450012.html
  2. AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp

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