Pump prices continue to climb in Florida


Gas prices in the Gainesville area and statewide surged over the last week.  

The national average for gas spiked eight cents since last week to $3.50 per gallon. In Florida, gas climbed 15 cents from $3.41 to $3.56 and $3.45 to $3.57 in Gainesville.  

“January’s weather was relatively mild in much of the nation, which led to more drivers hitting the road,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement. “However, a return of wintery conditions in February may see a revival of seasonal driving patterns, but with the cost of oil stubbornly hovering around $80 per barrel, drivers probably won’t catch a big break at the pump over the next week or two.” 

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According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand rose from 8.05 million barrels per day (b/d) to 8.14 million b/d last week. Higher pumper prices directly result from increasing gas demand and elevated oil prices.  

Florida has the 10th most expensive average at $3.56 per gallon. A month ago, the average cost was $3.13; last year, it was $3.34. 

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

  • $3.29 at Sam’s Club, 4400 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville.  
  • $3.29 at Circle K, 7404 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville.  
  • $3.36 at Circle K, 1515 N Main St., Gainesville.  
  • $3.38 at Circle K, 20 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville. 
  • $3.43 at Murphy Express, 6323 NW 23rd St., Gainesville. 
  • $3.44 at Pure, 405 NE 1st, High Springs.  

Quick Stats  

The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases: Colorado (+18 cents), Florida (+15 cents), Kansas (+15 cents), Georgia (+14 cents), Tennessee (+13 cents), Illinois (+12 cents), Alabama (+12 cents), Minnesota (+12 cents), Iowa (+12 cents) and Wyoming (+11 cents). 

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: Hawaii ($4.93), California ($4.55), Washington ($4.12), Nevada ($3.98), Colorado ($3.83), Pennsylvania ($3.79), Oregon ($3.77), Alaska ($3.74), Illinois ($3.68) and Washington, D.C. ($3.62). 

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