U.S. Gas Prices on the Rise: The Costliest States

Gasoline prices in the United States are climbing. According to AA Gas Prices, the national average per gallon has risen by five cents over the past week, reaching $3.85.

However, it’s in California where drivers are feeling the pinch the most, shelling out an average of $5.50 per gallon.

The primary culprit behind the surge is the rising cost of oil, which has seen a significant uptick, hovering around $90 per barrel.

Gasoline Prices Surge in the U.S.: Where’s It Priciest?

Andrew Gross, a spokesperson for AAA, remarked, “Oil costs are putting upward pressure on pump prices, but the rise is being tempered by much lower demand.” He added.

“While a drop in gasoline demand is typical as schools reopen and the weather shifts, the usual fall in pump prices is currently being hindered by these high oil costs.”

Comparing with previous data, the current average price of $3.85 is consistent with last month’s, but it’s 15 cents higher than last year’s.

Here are the states with the steepest prices as of last Thursday:

  • California, $5.50
  • Washington, $5.05
  • Hawaii, $4.79
  • Nevada, $4.73
  • Oregon, $4.70
  • Alaska, $4.60
  • Arizona, $4.51
  • Utah, $4.32
  • Montana, $4.20
  • Idaho, $4.15

And the states that have seen the most significant increases:

  • Minnesota, +32 cents
  • North Dakota, +31 cents
  • Iowa, +29 cents
  • Nebraska, +27 cents
  • Oklahoma, +27 cents
  • South Dakota, +22 cents
  • Montana, +20 cents
  • Arizona, +17 cents
  • Missouri, +17 cents
  • Kansas, +16 cents

With information from AAA

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