Gas prices continue to rise locally, statewide

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The Gainesville area saw a six-cent increase in price per gallon over last week.

While the national average per gallon went up only one cent from $3.52 to $3.53, the local prices increased from $3.57 last week to $3.63, according to the weekly AAA gas report released Thursday. The average cost at the pumps in Florida jumped from $3.55 to $3.60.

“Uncertainty of the impact of Ukraine’s targeting of Russia’s oil infrastructure likely spiked oil prices recently,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, in the press release. “But those concerns have abated somewhat for now, and gas prices are settling into a pattern similar to last year when the usual seasonal increase was slow and steady.”    

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The latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed the gas demand dipped from 8.81 to 8.72 million barrels per day (b/d) last week. Meanwhile, the total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 1.3 million barrels of crude oil (bbl) to 232.1 million bbl. Rising oil prices have kept prices elevated despite the lower demand.

Thursday’s national average of $3.53 is 24 cents more than last month’s $3.29. Last year, the price was at $3.43.

Florida is the 12th most expensive state in price per gallon at $3.60. Last month, gas was $3.33 per gallon and last year it was $3.35 statewide.  

In the Gainesville area, last month’s price was $3.37 per gallon, and last year it was $3.38.

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

  • $3.29 at Love’s Travel Stop, 5615 SE US 301, Hawthorne
  • $3.37 at Shell, 7015 US 301, Hawthorne
  • $3.39 at BP, 15295 NE US 301, Waldo
  • $3.39 at Hawthorne, 6850 SE US 301, Hawthorne
  • $3.39 at Pilot, 17276 US 301, Waldo
  • $3.43 at Sam’s Club, 4001 SW 30th Pl, Gainesville
  • $3.48 at Sunoco, 4221 E. University Ave., Gainesville
  • $3.49 at BP, 6550 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville
  • $3.49 at Gate, 3001 NW 13th St., Gainesville

Quick Stats

Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the largest increases in their averages: Utah (+26 cents), Idaho (+17 cents), Alaska (+15 cents), Nevada (+12 cents), Washington (+12 cents), Oregon (+11 cents), Wyoming (+7 cents), California (+7 cents), North Dakota (+6 cents) and Washington, DC (+6 cents).

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: California ($5.02), Hawaii ($4.69), Washington ($4.49), Nevada ($4.38), Oregon ($4.25), Alaska ($4.07), Illinois ($3.90), Arizona ($3.78), Utah ($3.76) and Washington, DC ($3.69).

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