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Top Five Cheapest, Top Five Most Expensive States to Buy Gas

Top Five Cheapest States to Fill Up Your Gas Tank. . . .

This I didn't know: Alaska has the highest gas prices in the US? Wow. The average up there in Klondike country is $4.63. California follows pretty closely at $4.50, and Hawaii, Connecticut, and Washington round out the top five.

So where should you be heading to fill up? Missouri is the cheapest at $3.86 (aw! Remember $3 gas! I made a scrapbook of it!) helped along by their record-low gas tax. Oklahoma, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Iowa round out the cheapest five states to fill up. So now that gas stations are having to use up a whole bunch more "4"s to fill their prices signs, where in the world will they get them all?

Can you guess who had this explanation for it? "I know what you're thinking. The fours have probably been replaced by illegal Mexican quatros." To find out,


Last night on the Colbert Report, Stephen showed off his capitalistic prowess claiming that he's got the monopoly on all the fours needed for the rising gas prices. Funny, but let's hope he doesn't have a stockpile of fives, too? OK, Stephen? You hear me?


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Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
I am just laughing because I recognize the gas station in the picture they's in South Carolina! lol
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
Thank goodness South Carolina's at the top of a 'good' list...other than high crime, high diabetes and low education!! :WOOHOO: I heard a gallon of milk in Alaska was about $12! Due to the cost of transporting. Can that possibly be right???
Brad346 Brad346 9 years
stephley, Here are some answers to your questions. First, I need to explain that the price of gas at the pump has a lot of factors. The biggest being the world price of oil, currently being driven up by the expanding demand along the Pacific rim countries, mostly China. The other major factor is refining (the process that makes crude oil into gasoline and many other products) capabilities, which, thanks to the EPA, have been severly hampered in this country and forced into the hands of huge companies. Some of the smaller/older refineries found it cheeper and more cost effective to shut down and take the plant apart, than it was to upgrade to current statues. Only the really large companies that process millions of barrels of oil a day could afford to upgrade. As far as California, LOTS and LOTS of cars, HUGE demand for gas, lots of oil production, same limited refining, same world price of oil. The midwest has lots of oil production, fewer people, more refineries that are closer to the markets, thus it is less expensive. Alaska, lots of oil production, I'm not aware of a refinery in the state, but I'm REALLY not sure on this one. If not, the oil gets shipped here, refined,then shipped back, LOTS of shipping cost. As far as the station across the street, sounds like a greedy business owner to me. Offshore drilling here has more to do with our energy independance than reducing the price of gas, but if major discoveries are found, and you never know until you drill, it could increase the world supply of oil, thus driving down the price.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
Kiki, We went along 69-75. It may have been higher along the interstate. But since oil had that big drop last week, it's dropped almost 10 cents here. It was about 3.89-3.99 last week, and it's about 3.82 here now.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
jenintx, What part of Oklahoma did you go through? I know of several places (just a few blocks from me) that are in the low 3.60s or at 3.59... yes they might have been a little more expensive a few days ago, but I'd be willing to bet that we are some of the most inexpensive right now. Like tx, it just depends on what part of the state you are in. And if you go up I-35 then it is going to be more expensive b/c of travelers. My brother lives in Dallas and told me this morning it is at 3.78 - 4.00
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I went to fill up a couple weeks ago and it was $4.45 and the next time I went it was $4.36. It was a small decrease, but a decrease nonetheless.
Roarman Roarman 9 years
I live in CT and it is $4.49 per gallon as of today (probably be more tomorrow). Where I live in CT we do not have reliable public transportation. We really need to start looking at other ways to get around and provide public transportation for those living outside of metropolitan areas.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
...I should say where I live in Texas (near Houston, which is has the cheapest gas in Texas). However, it was still cheaper in Dallas than in Oklahoma; I can't say for other parts of Texas, though. Maybe that's what kept us off the list.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
I was in Oklahoma last week, and gas there was NOT cheaper than it is in Texas...It was even cheaper in Arkansas than it was in Oklahoma.
My source in Iowa states otherwise, but he's in Des Moines, so maybe in the country it is lower. Sad to say, but I'm happy that here in DFW, it's about $3.89 and dropping everyday. Which ofcourse it's going to drop now, 4th of July is over, and that's when they like to peak the prices. My next vehicle purchase will be a Prius, or better. GM calling a Tahoe a hybrid that gets 50% more per gallon is absolutely laughable. 20 mpg? And they're proud of that?! In my eyes, if you drive an SUV you have no right to complain about gas prices!
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
I really feel for people in the US as they get hit by gas price increases. I got used to the price of gas when I moved to Britain being much higher, and it was a shock even 6 years ago, realising my car was around 80 dollars to fill up. It was an Audi diesel so it got great MPG, but I kind of knew when I sold it before moving here that I would not bother owning a car again. It makes me sad though, that other options were not easy for people to have in some places. Where I live in Finland, there are clean safe buses, (though they do not run as often as they did in Edinburgh, they are VERY pleasant to use), and wide sidewalks made for not only walkers, but bicycles and mopeds..people of all ages and sizes can be seen on their bikes, sometimes even in winter. I just hope alternatives and solutions can be found, and that companies and communities will work together and find ways to get over oil, and into something better for the planet AND people's wallets.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
my mom got 3.60 gas in mid-south Oklahoma this morning!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It went down this weekend. Just $.08, but a decrease none-the-less.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
3.92 here in GA but some places are up to 4.09.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I always try to buy something from the convenience store. They really take a hit as prices rise, because they're not the ones making more money from higher prices, their margins remain at about 5 cents. A large portion of profits come from food and drink sales. Plus it's a good excuse to buy a cookie.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
One of the MAJOR gas stations in WI has been artificially keeping the price of gas below $4.00 for 3 months, because they were afraid that they would lose money in the convenience store if it went above $4.00/gallon. There are some places in the midwest that are cheaper because of artificial reasons...
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
WHOAH, 60 bucks a carton! I have never smoked so I don't even know what that translates to with the price per carton, but eh it sounds like enough to make people stop smoking!!!
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
chatondeneige- thats how it works in new jersey. in maine where my dad lives its A LOT MORE! and u have to fill up yourself, even in the dead of winter! ugh. I love NJ for its low gas tax and high cigarette tax ($60 a carton = less people smoking) plus nj has good public transportation (alteast where I live, down the shore)
javsmav javsmav 9 years
The last time I owned a car gas was $1-something. ha ha. It cost me $10 to fill up my VW Cabriolet. I don't even know what gas prices are here.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
yay for cheaper gas here in OK!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I thought I might need a bigger car, but I always manage to fit everything in the back seat. Sometimes I think about trading my sedan for a wagon. Plus I read a long philosophical thesis about why SUVs are immoral and it scarred me. (Not because of gas prices. The main gist is that if you hit someone with an SUV and they are in a small car, you are much more likely to injure or kill them. Not saying SUV drivers are killers, just that thesis stuck in my head and I always think about it.)
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
When I lived in Alaska in the '80s they didn't have state taxes. They had so much oil revenue coming in they were giving money away to every resident of the state (man, woman and each child) through the permanent fund dividend, which for us came to $4,000 one year just before Christmas. (The 2007 Dividend Amount was $1654.00 per person.) I can't imagine why their gas prices are so high. BP's northwest pipeline was shut down June 2006, due to the poor quality of the lines and poor maintenance practices, but were supposed to have resumed production the following year to 20,000 barrels a day. Perhaps they shut down again or are trying to fund new oil exploration projects.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
It's not cheap in all rural areas, brielleblonde! I'm in rural Colorado, and we're at $4.19. And that's with self-fill-up! That graph posted a few weeks ago which indicated that it was $3.97 in the southwest was way off. It hadn't been that low in about a month and a half in any of the Four Corners states. :(
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
gas= evil. And the fact that I live in a place without public transportation? Even worse. Instead of paying for the war, why don't they spare us all by setting a price ceiling and paying the difference per gas barrel? They do it with produce, not to mention, they'd be saving the economy.
stephley stephley 9 years
Well LadyAngel, AAA would probably have an explanation that includes the type of gas blend they use on the north end of town, versus the taxes in the southeast corner or the proximity to a pipeline you enjoy in the extreme west side of town.
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