In the Gainesville area, the average price per gallon dropped two cents while nationally the cost went up by one cent since last week.
According to the weekly AAA release, prices at the pump went from $3.85 to $3.86 nationwide.
Statewide, Florida’s average price increased from $3.57 last week to $3.65. In the Gainesville area, prices dropped from $3.69 to $3.67.
“The recent drop in the national average, while small, is fairly typical this time of year as much of the country makes the switch to less expensive winter blend gasoline,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson in a press release. “But the gradual seasonal decline in pump prices is being slowed by higher oil costs, hovering around $90 a barrel.”
New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows gas demand rose from 8.31 to 8.41 million barrels per day (b/d) last week. Domestically, gasoline stocks declined from 220.3 to 219.5 million barrels of crude oil (bbl). Higher gas demand and tighter supply have contributed to an increase in pump prices.
Thursday’s national average of $3.86 is one cent more than a month ago and 18 cents more than last year’s $3.68.
Florida has the 18th least expensive price per gallon nationally. Last month, gas was $3.81 per gallon and last year it was $3.39 statewide.
In the Gainesville area, last month’s price was $3.88 per gallon and last year it was $3.45.
According to gasbuddy.com, here are the lowest prices to fill up in Alachua County:
- $3.50 at Sam’s Club, 4001 SW 30th Place, Gainesville
- $3.52 at Murphy’s Express, 6323 NW 23rd St., Gainesville
- $3.52 at Marathon, 9600 Martin Luther Hwy, Gainesville
- $3.52 at Circle K, 1515 N. Main St., Gainesville
- $3.52 at Circle K, 5708 NW 34th St., Gainesville
- $3.53 at Marathon, 3936 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville
- $3.53 at The Short Stop, 2610 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville
- $3.54 at Raceway, 15330 NW US 301, Waldo
Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the largest changes in their averages: Nevada (+33 cents), California (+29 cents), Georgia (−15 cents), Arizona (+14 cents), Iowa (−11 cents), Florida (+8 cents), North Dakota (−8 cents), Minnesota (−8 cents), Utah (−7 cents) and Oklahoma (−7 cents).
The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: California ($5.79), Washington ($5.06), Washington ($5.04), Hawaii ($4.83), Oregon ($4.68), Arizona ($4.65), Alaska ($4.60), Utah ($4.25), Montana ($4.19) and Idaho ($4.14).