Area gas prices continue to fall

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This past week marks the most significant weekly national gas price decline since early August. 

According to the AAA report on Monday, the national average price per gallon dropped 12 cents to $3.54. In Florida, the average fell seven cents  from $3.45 to $3.38 and from $3.55 to $3.50 in Gainesville.  

“Gas prices are dropping nationwide, with some of the largest decreases happening on the West Coast,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement. “But the West also has the farthest to fall because its prices are so elevated. For instance, California is still $1.50 higher than the national average.”  

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According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand dropped from 8.74 million to 8.33 million barrels per day (b/d) last week. Total domestic gasoline stocks rose by more than 3 million barrels of oil (bbl) to 211 million bbl. 

Florida has 21st least expensive average at $3.38 per gallon.  A month ago, the average cost was $3.31; last year, it was $3.34.   

According to  gasbuddy.com, here are the lowest prices to fill up in Alachua County:    

  • $3.01 at Sam’s Club, 4400 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville     
  • $3.19 at Shell, 6807 NE US-301, Hawthorne.  
  • $3.29 at Circle K, 16070 Martin Luther King Blvd., Alachua. 
  • $3.33 at Murphy Express, 6323 NW 13th St., Gainesville.  
  • $3.34 at Circle K, 7404 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville.  
  • $3.37 at Circle K, 5708 NW 34th St., Gainesville.  
  • $3.38 at Love’s Travel Stop, 5615 SE US-301, Hawthorne. 
  • $3.39 at Pilot, 17276 US-301, Waldo.  
  • $3.39 at Circle K, 5200 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville. 
  • $3.39 at Raceway, 15330 NW US-301, Waldo. 

Quick Stats  

The nation’s top 10 largest weekly decreases: Alaska (−30 cents), California (−21 cents), Indiana (−20 cents), Wisconsin (−20 cents), North Dakota (−20 cents), Nevada (−17 cents), Oregon (−17 cents), Illinois (−17 cents), Michigan (−17 cents) and Oklahoma (−16 cents). 

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Texas ($2.88), Mississippi ($3.02), Oklahoma ($3.02), Arkansas ($3.03), Georgia ($3.03), Louisiana ($3.07), Tennessee ($3.10), Missouri ($3.10), Alabama ($3.12) and South Carolina ($3.13). 

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