Gas Prices Are Up Across the Nation. Here’s Where They’re Highest
Filling up your car’s tank isn’t what it used to be.
Gas prices are continuing to rise across the country. In fact, the national average is approaching its highest level in nearly 1,000 days, according to a recent GasBuddy survey.
Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said gas prices in 17 states have gone up more than 15 cents per gallon in the last 30 days.
The national average today is $2.66. A month ago, it was $2.52. This time last year, it was about $2.34.
So if you’ve been dreading those fillups recently, you’re not alone.
According to GasBuddy, these states have the highest average gas prices:
- California: $3.50
- Hawaii: $3.46
- Washington: $3.16
- Alaska: $3.08
- Oregon: $3.04
- Nevada: $3.02
- Pennsylvania: $2.87
- Michigan: $2.77
- Idaho: $2.76
- New York: $2.76
These are the states with the highest average jump in price over the last week:
- Utah: +10 cents
- Indiana: +8 cents
- Florida: +7 cents
- Michigan: +7 cents
- New Mexico: +7 cents
- Pennsylvania: +7 cents
- Idaho: +7 cents
- Georgia: +6 cents
- Maine: +6 cents
- New Hampshire: +5 cents
GasBuddy attributes the rise in prices partly to seasonal factors, such as transitioning to more expensive summer-grade gasoline. Declining U.S. oil supplies also contribute to higher prices.
Analysts say costs will likely continue to rise as more motorists take to the road in the warmer weather, driving up demand.
See this post for tips on how to reduce your fuel spending. Because we can all probably think of dozens of better things to spend our dollars on.
Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.