Rising Gas Prices: A State-By-State Look

by Alyssa Oursler | May 16, 2013 8:09 am

Temperatures are rising, and so are gas prices.

The good news — if you want to be optimistic — is that the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is more than a dime cheaper than it was a year ago. But compared to a month ago, consumers are shelling out at least 6 cents more at the pump — a total of $3.59 per gallon. In fact, the last few days have added up to the largest weekly increase since February.

Why? Well, Fox Business News reports that[1]:

“Higher crude oil prices are driving up the price of retail gasoline, especially in the Midcontinent and West Coast regions where tight supplies and refinery maintenance are putting additional upward pressure on gas prices.”

This is evident by the glaring red one the left-hand side of the map. While California is used to having gas prices above $4 thanks to tight regulations, Washington and Oregon don’t usually fall into the highest price slot.

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is that southern states still remain the cheapest. In fact, Tennessee and South Carolina were the cheapest two locales a month ago as well, and their prices have actually moved downward during the past four weeks.

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 $4.343 Colorado $3.669 Maryland $3.465
Alaska $4.074 Kansas $3.662 Delaware $3.463
California $4.058 West Virginia $3.619 Montana $3.452
Illinois $3.976 South Dakota $3.617 New Hampshire $3.450
Oregon $3.951 Oklahoma $3.612 Arizona $3.442
Washington $3.950 Nevada $3.594 Georgia $3.426
Minnesota $3.853 Rhode Island $3.585 North Carolina $3.424
North Dakota $3.828 Idaho $3.584 Wyoming $3.412
Wisconsin $3.791 Vermont $3.570 Texas $3.402
D.C. $3.762 Missouri $3.546 New Jersey $3.385
Michigan $3.760 Maine $3.538 Arkansas $3.379
Indiana $3.758 Kentucky $3.534 Virginia $3.365
Connecticut $3.756 Utah $3.529 Louisiana $3.317
New York $3.729 New Mexico $3.519 Alabama $3.285
Nebraska $3.715 Massachusetts $3.516 Mississippi $3.284
Ohio $3.704 Pennsylvania $3.478 Tennessee $3.254
Iowa $3.700 Florida $3.468 South Carolina $3.242
  1. Fox Business News reports that: http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2013/05/15/gas-prices-on-upward-trend-in-may/#ixzz2TOVhrCOb
  2. AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp

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