Gainesville area gas prices drop five cents

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While the average price per gallon decreased 12 cents throughout Florida, the cost went down only five cents in the Gainesville area since last week.

According to Thursday’s weekly AAA release, the price at the pump in the Gainesville area went from $3.66 last week to $3.61 per gallon. Statewide, the price went from $3.63 to $3.51, and nationally the average cost dropped three cents from $3.67 to $3.64.

“The current news cycle is jam-packed, so not having gas prices in the mix should be a welcome relief,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, in the release. “Most consumers will probably see pump prices barely budging for now. That’s important because, on May 13, AAA will release the Memorial Day travel forecast, which could be a robust weekend for car trips. Stay tuned!”  

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The latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows gas demand rose modestly from 8.62 million barrels per day (b/d) to 8.79 last week. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks increased by nearly 1 million barrels of crude oil (bbl) to 228 million bbl. 

Thursday’s national average of $3.64 is four cents more than last month’s $3.60. Last year, the price was at $3.52.

Florida is the 25th least expensive state in price per gallon at $3.51. Last month, gas was $3.53 per gallon and last year it was $3.54 statewide.  

In the Gainesville area, last month’s price was $3.58 per gallon, and last year it was $3.57.

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

  • $3.29 at Murphy’s Express, 6323 NW 23rd St., Gainesville
  • $3.29 at Sunoco, 5310 NW 13th St., Gainesville
  • $3.34 at Sam’s Club, 4001 SW 30th Place, Gainesville
  • $3.37 at Marathon, 9600 Martin Luther Hwy, Gainesville
  • $3.38 at Circle K, 4565 NW 13th St., Gainesville
  • $3.39 at Pilot, 17276 US 301, Waldo
  • $3.39 at Raceway, 15330 NW US 301, Waldo
  • $3.39 at Sunoco, 4207 NW 13th St., Gainesville
  • $3.39 at Circle K, 5708 NW 34th St., Gainesville
  • $3.44 at Marathon, 3936 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville


Quick Stats 

Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the largest weekly changes in their averages: Indiana (+13 cents), Florida (-12 cents), Ohio (+9 cents), Delaware (-8 cents), New Mexico (-7 cents), Maryland (-7 cents), Utah (-7 cents), Tennessee (-6 cents), Nevada (-6 cents) and Texas (-6 cents). 

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets are California ($5.31), Hawaii ($4.81), Washington ($4.65), Nevada ($4.49), Oregon ($4.44), Alaska ($4.39), Arizona ($3.99), Illinois ($3.93), Idaho ($3.86), and Utah ($3.83). 

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