Gas prices down slightly

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Despite a AAA-projected record 43 million people hitting the road for the Fourth of July holiday, gas prices remained steady.

According to a Thursday AAA press release, the national price per gallon dropped two cents since last week to $3.52 while Florida saw a two-cent increase to $3.33 and the Gainesville area went down one cent to $3.33.

“Gas prices may rise over the next few days based on slightly higher demand,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson in the press release. “But it could be more of a blip than a trend, and demand may retreat once the holiday is further in the rearview mirror.”

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Recent data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed the demand increased from 9.31 to 9.6 million barrels per day (b/d) last week. The total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 2.5 million barrels of crude oil (bbl) to 219.5 million bbl.

Thursday’s national average is down from last week’s $3.54 and two cents down from last month’s $3.54. Last year, the national average per gallon was $4.77.

Florida has the 19th least expensive price per gallon nationally after prices after the slight increase from last week to $3.31. Last month, gas was $3.34 per gallon and last year at $4.51 statewide.  

In the Gainesville area, last month prices were at $3.33 per gallon and last year they were at $4.59.

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

  • $3.09 at Sam’s Club, 4001 SW 30th Pl, Gainesville
  • $3.09 at Marathon, 1606 NW 13th St., Gainesville
  • $3.11 at Wawa, 2305 NW 13th St., Gainesville
  • $3.14 at Wawa, 1007 E. University Ave., Gainesville
  • $3.15 at Sunoco, 4207 NW 13th St., Gainesville
  • $3.15 at CITGO, 809 N. Main St., Gainesville
  • $3.15 at Sunoco, 528 NW 8th Ave., Gainesville
  • $3.16 at Marathon, 9600 Martin Luther Hwy, Gainesville
  • $3.17 at Raceway, 15330 NW US 301, Waldo
  • $3.19 at Love’s Travel Stop, 5615 SE US 301, Hawthorne

Quick Stats

Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the largest changes in their averages: Colorado (+11 cents), Arizona (−11 cents), Ohio (−10 cents), Indiana (−9 cents), Utah (−8 cents), Illinois (−7 cents), Pennsylvania (−7 cents), South Carolina (−6 cents) and Texas (−6 cents).

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Mississippi ($2.96), Alabama ($3.07), Louisiana ($3.08), Tennessee ($3.08), Arkansas ($3.10), Texas ($3.13), South Carolina ($3.14), Oklahoma ($3.18), North Carolina ($3.21) and Georgia ($3.22).

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