If you’ve been to a gas station recently you might have noticed that the price has gone up a little it. I’m being facetious of course as, in fact, gas prices have increased a whopping .49 cents since the beginning of the year, the biggest jump ever in the first 2 months of any year. In fact many experts are predicting that gas will be at a $4.00 per gallon average by this coming summer, a grim reality for many who use their cars on a regular and constant basis. There are already 4 states where gas is over $4.00 per gallon and about another half dozen that are close.
There are, however, a few where for whatever reason the prices have remained closer to $3.00 than to 4. With that in mind we thought we’d put together a list of the top 10 cheapest states for gas. Will this help you save gas? Well, no, but it may help you to make future plans or make you happy that, even as prices rise, your state is still cheaper than some others. So take a look and cross your fingers that yours is on the list. Enjoy!
10) Tennessee. If Tenneseein is believin’ you’re going to like what you see at the pump as prices there, tied for 9th with Oklahoma, are at $3.62 per gallon
9) Oklahoma. One of the largest oil producers in the nation helps Oklahoma to share 9th place with Tennessee at the same price per gallon, $3.62
8) Missouri. Even though they don’t have any refineries of their own Missouri comes in at 8th because they are neighbors with Oklahoma and Illinois.
7) South Carolina. Having the 4th lowest gas taxes in the county has helped South Carolina to come in at 7th even though they don’t have any refineries producing it.
6) Colorado. Being near to Canada and their cheap crude oil helps Colorado to come in at 6th place and also, at least up until a month ago at least, keep their gas prices under $3.00 a gallon.
5) New Mexico. One of only 5 states where gas was less than $3.50 per gallon New Mexico is also a state where the median income is much lower and the recent increase have caused very real problems for the people living there.
4) Idaho. Being Montana’s neighbor has helped Idaho to not only come in 4th but also to have one of the lowest price increases in the country at $3.45 per gallon.
3) Utah. Even though less than 6 months ago they were one of the highest Utah is now one of the lowest states at $3.43 per gallon, thanks in part to their 5 refineries.
2) Montana. They have higher taxes than most but the fact that Montana has their own oil resources and are close to Canada and theirs the gas prices there are the 2nd lowest at $3.28.
1) Wyoming. The top spot goes to Wyoming where, at $3.27 a gallon, the lowest price on regular gas can be found. One of the main reasons is that they have the 2nd lowest gas taxes, only losing to Alaska.