Rising Gas Prices: A State-By-State Look

by Alyssa Oursler | February 21, 2013 7:15 am

So much for a soft year of gas prices.

At the start of 2013, the annual gas bill for drivers[1] was expected to experience its the first drop in four year thanks to ample supply and weak U.S. demand. But for more than a month, demand has been anything but weak … and gas prices have risen every single day[2].

Of course, gas prices do always increase as the weather warms up and permits increased travel, but the shift is taking place earlier than usual this year. Today, the national average price of a gallon of gasoline is $3.77 — nearly a quarter more than the $3.57 average a year ago and a whopping 46 cents higher than it was a mere month ago.

Things looked great in mid-January[3]. Eight states were boasting prices under $3, and Hawaii was the only state paying more than $4 for a gallon of gas.

That seems so long ago. Now, the two states with the cheapest gas — Montana and Wyoming — still are paying well more than $3 a gallon. Meanwhile, California and New York both broke the $4-mark, and Connecticut, D.C., Illinois and Alaska aren’t far from it.

Below is a state-by-state roster of average gas prices from AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report[4], listed from most to least expensive:

State Price State Price State Price
Hawaii $4.303 Maryland $3.780 Arkansas $3.638
California $4.182 Wisconsin $3.771 Alabama $3.637
New York $4.003 Massachusetts $3.769 Texas $3.633
Connecticut $3.983 Minnesota $3.764 Missouri $3.630
D.C. $3.961 North Carolina $3.758 New Jersey $3.629
Illinois $3.943 Nebraska $3.754 Mississippi $3.621
Alaska $3.940 Iowa $3.742 Oklahoma $3.621
Michigan $3.898 North Dakota $3.736 Tennessee $3.620
West Virginia $3.861 New Hampshire $3.730 South Dakota $3.610
Florida $3.860 Georgia $3.724 Arizona $3.605
Vermont $3.843 Nevada $3.721 South Carolina $3.600
Maine $3.842 Delaware $3.691 Colorado $3.557
Indiana $3.836 Kansas $3.690 New Mexico $3.422
Rhode Island $3.828 Virginia $3.678 Idaho $3.420
Kentucky $3.788 Washington $3.661 Utah $3.394
Pennsylvania $3.788 Oregon $3.656 Montana $3.212
Ohio $3.786 Louisiana $3.648 Wyoming $3.201
  1. annual gas bill for drivers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/gas-prices-2013_n_2450012.html
  2. every single day: https://investorplace.com/2013/02/gas-prices-rise-32-days-in-a-row/
  3. Things looked great in mid-January: https://investorplace.com/2013/01/falling-gas-prices-a-state-by-state-look-4/
  4. AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp

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