Area gas prices spike after holidays

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Winter storms throughout the nation and holiday travel fuel demand caused gas prices to spike.  

According to Tuesday’s AAA report, the national average per gallon rose 12 cents to $3.22 per gallon. In Florida, gas prices spiked from $2.98 to $3.28 — the second highest jump in the nation — and $3.12 to $3.31 in Gainesville.  

“The cost of gas will likely rise a bit more before this surge stalls due to less expensive oil and a return to seasonal driving patterns,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement. “But 2022 will go down as a record year with a national annual average of $3.96. According to fuel expert Tom Kloza of OPIS, that’s 40 to 50 cents more than the previous peak years of 2011 through 2014.”  

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According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand rose from 8.7 million barrels per day (b/d) to 9.3 million b/d last week. Higher gas prices are due to increased demand and less supply at the pumps.  

Florida has the 33rd least expensive average at $3.28. A month ago, the average cost was $3.29; last year, it was $3.21.  

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

  • $3.03 at Texaco, 6850 SE US 301, Hawthorne. 
  • $3.09 at Shell, 7015 US-301, Hawthorne.  
  • $3.11 at Texaco, 1602 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville. 
  • $3.19 at Texaco, 4114 SW 13th St., Gainesville.  
  • $3.19 at Sam’s Club, 4400 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville.  
  • $3.19 at Circle K, 15089 NW US-441, Alachua.  
  • $3.19 at Circle K, 16070 Martin Luther King Blvd., Alachua.  

Quick Stats  

The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases: Delaware (+33 cents), Florida (+30 cents), Maryland (+25 cents), Michigan (+21 cents), Texas (+20 cents), Ohio (+20 cents), South Carolina (+20 cents), Missouri (+20 cents), Alabama (+18 cents) and Wisconsin (+17 cents). 

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: Hawaii ($5.02), California ($4.42), Nevada ($3.97), Washington ($3.86), Oregon ($3.73), Alaska ($3.71), Pennsylvania ($3.63), Washington, D.C. ($3.47), Idaho ($3.43) and New York ($3.41). 

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