The national average for gas dropped three cents to $3.39 per gallon. In the last two weeks, Florida pump prices fell to $3.29 and $3.34 in Gainesville.
“The cost for oil accounts for 55% of what we pay at the pump,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, in a press release. “So higher or lower oil costs will play a major role in the price we pay when fueling up.”
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand increased slightly from 8.27 million barrels per day (b/d) to 8.91 million b/d last week. If gas demand continues to rise, drivers may see an end to the price drops.
Florida has the 19th most expensive average in the U.S. at $3.29 per gallon. A month ago, the average cost was $3.58; last year it was $3.51.
According to gasbuddy.com, here are the lowest prices to fill up in Alachua County:
- $3.11 at Sam’s Club, 4400 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville.
- $3.15 at Murphy Express, 6323 NW 23rd St., Gainesville.
- $3.15 at Circle K, 4565 NW 13th St., Gainesville.
- $3.16 at The Short Stop, 2610 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville.
- $3.17 at Pure, 405 NE 1st, High Springs.
- $3.19 at Circle K, 16070 Martin Luther King Blvd., Alachua.
- $3.19 at Circle K, 3525 SW 34th St., Gainesville.
- $3.19 at Wawa, 2373 Old Archer Road, Gainesville.
- $3.19 at Sunoco, 610 NE 1st Ave., High Springs.
Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the largest changes in their averages: Ohio (−9 cents), California (+7 cents), Iowa (−7 cents), Tennessee (−7 cents), New Jersey (−7 cents), Wisconsin (−7 cents), Oregon (+6 cents), Virginia (−6 cents), Rhode Island (−6 cents) and Alabama (−6 cents).
The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Texas ($2.96), Mississippi ($2.99), Kentucky ($3.02), Missouri ($3.03), Arkansas ($3.04), South Carolina ($3.04), Alabama ($3.05), Tennessee ($3.06), Oklahoma ($3.07) and Louisiana ($3.07).