November 8 2009|04.45 PM UTC

Stan Reybern

Best and Worst Gas Prices

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Planning on traveling for the holidays? In the U.S., where you go will affect how expensive a trip by car may be. Here’s a look at where you’ll pay the most for a gallon of gas in the U.S. and the places where it’s cheap in comparison.

Best and Worst Gas Prices By State

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

josh November 9, 2009 at 2:49 am

Thats still very cheap compared to us in the UK. It costs around £4.40 for a gallon over here… :(


Anonymous April 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

That’s because you all drive on the wrong side of the road.


A European November 9, 2009 at 5:59 am

Hah – think that’s bad – you should live in Europe – it’s £1.10 per litre in the UK. Quit moaning and get real!


Minger November 9, 2009 at 6:17 am

When you are regularly paying US$6.50+ per gallon THEN (perhaps) you can start to complain.
Until then, be thankful you live in a country where petroleum is so cheap!


Neel November 9, 2009 at 6:27 am



Jonascord November 9, 2009 at 7:50 am

OK, who is surprized that 9 of the 10 highest states are Blue, (and Alaska is a long way from a refinery…), and 9 of 10 lowest are Red, (And New Jersey has trouble justifying high gas taxes when the refineries are just down the street, and Big Oil won’t pay off the Mob?)


MoMick November 9, 2009 at 11:15 am

Regular gas is $2.39 in St. Louis.


JLo November 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

For people in Europe who are jealous of our gas prices. When one state in our union is much larger the entire land mass of all of Europe, it’s obvious that we use a hell of a lot more gas that you do. It’s not an equal comparison. Demand is much higher here and supply is much greater as well. We don’t have mass transit the same way that you do because it’s not economically viable to have it in the same manner across entire countries as you do. So, yes, we do complain about gas prices that are much lower than you; however, we drive more miles in a week than you will in an entire month, guaranteed. I don’t know for sure, but I would venture to argue that an American will pay much more money per year than the average European citizen. This is not always due to having vehicles that consume more gas either, most Americans can’t afford these vehicles any more any way.

So, yes, we wine, but our economies are completely different when it comes to this issue, so there’s no direct correlation.


Tom November 9, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I filled up yesterday at BJ’s in Virginia Baech VA for $2.39 for regular


The EU can get out November 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Anyone who talks, ad nauseum, about the EU having higher fuel prices than the US, and we should all quit bitchin…

Your country is not even close to the size nor population. Which directly correlates to how much fuel the average person uses, and thus an expense incurred by just living/going to work.

In the EU, public transportation and the relatively small size and population make expensive gas…normal.


Roy November 9, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Seriously, American gas prices are the cheapest. Stop whining.


joe November 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

jonascord – huh?


Mike November 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Regular gas is $2.50 in New Orleans. Lower than any state you have listed. So come on down to New Orleans for Christmas! Be sure to bring your bullet proof vest thought.


Bren November 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I paid 2.49 today in STL Missouri


PDXHipter November 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

And why is Oregon colored in?


Jesse November 9, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Did you know that if you grow hemp instead of corn, the united states would not need to buy oil anymore because hempseed is actually more efficient (and ecologically friendly) than fossil fuels. The first car ran on hempseed oil, and was made out of hemp… and was 9 times stronger than steel.


Dave November 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm

People from Europe love to say “But look at what we pay!” Well if they would look at what they pay they would understand that is is about the same cost. You see we pay much lower tax on our fuel when compared to Europeans. Every country over there is a little different at the tax rate but on average you will find that for every Euro you spend on gas (pre tax) there is another Euro of tax. So when you are paying 100% tax, at least, more in some areas. It would only make sense that your gas costs double what it does here. Here the tax is about $0.30 of the cost per gallon. Higher in some areas, lower in others. Some of those states with the highest prices also have the highest tax on gas.

Maybe someone should do a graph showing the cost of gas around the world pre tax. Then you would have something to compare. Europeans have no one to blame but themselves for what they pay in taxes.

Oh, I lived in Germany for 6 years. So I know what it is like to pay those high prices.


Tom November 10, 2009 at 1:18 am

Europe has 830 million people. Us has 300. Smaller in size, more people. Better collective transportation.


Ed November 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Connecticut’s gas is so high because we did away with toll roads in the 1980s. Thanks to that, we fund our major highways, the one’s connecting Providence and Boston with NYC, with gas taxes. Of course anyone living in the Northeast knows this and gasses up out of state before driving straight through.
We need EZ-Pass NOW!


SP November 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Lived in the US, Lived in Canada, Living in the EU at the moment. Even with the most expensive military in the world the US has (for the moment) some of the cheapest taxes around. Which is great when you’ve got skills & a good job. If you’re going to be poor however choose the EU, because poor in Norway/Sweden is VASTLY different from poor in Wyoming.

If you run out of the $6.74/US gal fuel in your 64mpg Polo the UK you get stranded & perhaps damp. If you run out of $2.51 fuel in your required 14mpg 4×4 Tahoe sitting in the plentiful snowdrifts you… die.

Sadly no warm Gulf Stream to keep the US carbon use low or the country warm.

With a worldwide recession still why is oil at $75+/Barrel?


M May 25, 2010 at 7:16 am

In regard to one of the comments, Alaska does have a refinery just outside Fairbanks. However, when we were there 6 years ago gas was higher in Fairbanks than Anchorage. So much for the excuse of transportation costs being part of the high cost.


Ron June 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm

You fools! Gas is basically the same retail price worldwide! The difference is how much the citizens of each country allowed the respective governments to tax the fuel. A gallon of gas in the Netherlands is close to 8.00 USD. But approximately 68% of that is TAX. (8.00 – 68% = 2.56). I feel no pity for the Europeans who let their government take advantage of them….


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