At $4.016 a Gallon, California Has Nation's Highest Average Gas Price

By Alex Madajian | April 17, 2019 | 3:23pm EDT

( — California has the highest average gas prices in the country, at $4.016 per gallon of regular gas as of April 17, 2019 - more than a dollar higher than the national average of $2.832 per gallon, according to data released Wednesday by the American Automobile Association (AAA) This is “the most expensive pump price seen in the state since July 2014,” AAA reports.

AAA attributes the forty-cent jump in California gas prices in April to unexpected refinery maintenance, a more expensive blend of gas, and the high cost of supplementing the gas supply with imported fuel:

“Pump prices have spiked in California as unexpected and planned maintenance and the switchover to more-expensive summer blend gasoline continues, ultimately increasing the national average. Out of California’s 10 refineries, six have seen a reduction in refined products output, including gasoline, due to maintenance upgrades and necessary repairs.”

The five highest average gas prices in the U.S. are all in the western region of the country:

  1. California: $4.016
  2. Hawaii: $3.586
  3. Washington: $3.424
  4. Oregon: $3.323
  5. Nevada: $3.323

Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest average price for a gallon of regular gas are all southern states, with Alabama ($2.505) boasting the cheapest gas in the nation:

  1. Louisiana: $2.543
  2. S. Carolina: $2.533
  3. Arkansas: $2.533
  4. Mississippi: $2.520
  5. Alabama: $2.505

Average prices for regular, mid-grade, premium and diesel fuel for each of the 50 states are published daily on the AAA website.


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