Gas prices continue slow climb 

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Gas prices slightly increased for the third straight week in the Gainesville area.  

The national average for gas increased by five cents since last week to $3.32. In Florida, gas prices rose just one cent from $3.29 to $3.30 and $3.33 to $3.38 in Gainesville.   

“Gasoline demand is usually lackluster this time of year,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement, “and it likely won’t start to tick up until spring break draws near. So, the primary factor in this latest increase is the higher cost of oil, which accounts for more than half of what you pay at the pump.” 

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According to the data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand barely budged, making a minor increase from 7.51 million barrels per day (b/d) to 7.56 b/d. Low gas demand and increased supply contribute to limited price increases.  

Florida has the 31st least expensive average at $3.30. A month ago, the average cost was $3.05; last year it was $3.22.  

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

  • $3.16 at Circle K, 15089 NW US-441, Alachua.  
  • $3.16 at Circle K, 19531 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs.  
  • $3.19 at Marathon, 9600 Martin Luther Hwy, Gainesville.  
  • $3.19 at Circle K, 4565 NW 13th St., Gainesville.  
  • $3.19 at The Short Stop, 2610 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville.  
  • $3.23 at Sam’s Club, 4400 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville.  
  • $3.23 at Circle K, 20 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville.  
  • $3.23 at Wawa, 1007 E University Ave., Gainesville.  
  • $3.24 at Marathon, 3936 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville  

Quick Stats  

The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases: Colorado (+32 cents), Georgia (+30 cents), Indiana (+17 cents), Nebraska (+13 cents), Wyoming (+12 cents), Illinois (+10 cents), New Mexico (+10 cents), Texas (+9 cents), Washington, D.C. (+7 cents) and Utah (+7 cents). 

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: Hawaii ($4.98), California ($4.42), Washington ($4.00), Nevada ($3.94), Alaska ($3.71), Oregon ($3.68), Pennsylvania ($3.64), Washington, D.C. ($3.53), Illinois ($3.52) and New York ($3.44). 

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