Gas prices are not tanking, but here’s where to buy in each state

February 8, 2018

Motorists will be digging a little deeper to pay for gas during 2018. GasBuddy—a smartphone app that claims to connect 70 million drivers with their “Perfect Pit Stops”—predicts that the U.S. average cost of motor fuel will rise 19 cents this year, to $2.57 per gallon. That represents the highest price since 2014, according to the company’s 2018 Fuel Price Outlook, released last month.

Indeed, GasBuddy anticipates that the nation’s yearly gasoline bill will rise to $364.6 billion, or some $25 billion higher than what motorists spent during 2017.

What does that mean for the average household? A family’s yearly gasoline bill will increase to $1,898—up from $1,765 in 2017. Compared to 2016, motorists will be shelling out $62 billion more during the year, which Gas Buddy tells us, is enough to buy a fleet of 670 Boeing 737s.

But things could be worse: GasBuddy’s forecast does not expect any record-breaking prices to be set in 2018, and most of the country will see prices peak under $3 per gallon. The caveat: Unexpected disruptions could push the national average close to $3.

Metro areas including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., will likely see prices eclipse $3 per gallon, the report advises. Cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, St. Louis and Tampa may get within arm’s reach of such prices.

How accurate have past forecasts been? In 2017, the forecast called for a yearly national average of $2.49. Actual: $2.39. In 2016, the forecast called for a yearly national average of $2.28. Actual: $2.12.

In response to these predictions, the daily news site, Business Insider, analyzed GasBuddy’s lists of Top Ten Lowest Gas Prices in every state to find the best providers.

According to Business Insider, the lowest and average prices for each state, by provider (as of this week and subject to change), are as follows:

  • Alabama: Circle K (Lowest price: $2.19/Average state price: $2.35)
  • Alaska: Costco ($2.79/$2.13/2.36)
  • Arkansas: Walmart ($2.23/$2.38)
  • California: Fastrip ($2.73/$3.35)
  • Colorado: Sinclair ($2.24/$2.46)
  • Connecticut: Costco ($2.49/$2.74)
  • Delaware: BJ’s ($2.41/$2.53)
  • Florida: Sunoco ($2.37/$2.62)
  • Georgia: Costco ($2.22/$2.48)
  • Hawaii: Freedom ($2.92/$3.34)
  • Idaho: Costco ($2.35/$2.55)
  • Illinois: Costco ($2.23/$2.62)
  • Indiana: Speedway ($2.32/$2.57)
  • Iowa: Sam’s Club ($2.30/$2.65)
  • Kansas: Murphy USA($2.24/$2.44)
  • Kentucky: Thornton’s ($2.23/$2.51)
  • Louisiana: Chevron ($2.15/$2.40)
  • Maine: Cumberland Farms ($2.52/$2.64)
  • Maryland: Dash In ($2.37/$2.61)
  • Massachusetts: BJ’s ($2.39/$2.61)
  • Michigan: Costco ($2.21/$2.65)
  • Minnesota: Tesoro ($2.41/$2.58)
  • Mississippi: Murphy USA ($2.19/$2.35)
  • Missouri: Shell ($2.16/$2.39)
  • Montana: Costco ($2.45/$2.64)
  • Nebraska: Costco ($2.36/$2.64)
  • Nevada: Fastrip ($2.37/$2.74)
  • New Hampshire: BJ’s ($2.38/$2.56)
  • New Jersey: Pioneer ($2.45/$2.72)
  • New Mexico: Alon ($2.07/$2.42)
  • North Carolina: Speedway ($2.25/$2.49)
  • North Dakota: Costco ($2.33/$2.60)
  • Ohio: Costco ($2.06/$2.47)
  • Oklahoma: Shell ($2.10/$2.37)
  • Oregon: 76 ($2.44/$2.80)
  • Pennsylvania: Costco ($2.65/$2.88)
  • Rhode island: BP ($2.46/$2.63)
  • South Carolina: Pilot ($2.19/$2.36)
  • South Dakota: Conoco )$2.15/$2.53)
  • Tennessee: Costco ($2.18/$2.40)
  • Texas: Costco ($1.95/$2.34)
  • Utah: Costco ($2.17/$2.44)
  • Vermont: 7-Eleven ($2.52/$2.70)
  • Virginia: Sam’s Club ($2.19/$2.43)
  • Washington: Costco ($2.43/$2.78)
  • Washington, D.C.: Costco ($2.43/$2.78)
  • West Virginia: Circle K ($2.41/$2.58)
  • Wisconsin: Costco ($2.33/$2.53)
  • Wyoming: Gas n’ Go ($2.24/$2.44)

Research contact: @businessinsider

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