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  • States with the most expensive gas prices

    Remember earlier this decade when gas prices were nearly $4 per gallon nationwide? Thankfully, costs are no longer that high across the board, but some places in the U.S. creep perilously close to that cringe-inducing mark. Gas prices fluctuate regularly; islands, for example, generally have higher prices because oil is shipped in, while larger cities charge more due to local tax rates. Crude oil costs also play a role, as do factors like location, taxes, weather, and the whims of gas station owners.

    In October 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, in an unprecedented measure, asked the attorney general to investigate the state’s premium gas price hikes, for which, he wrote, “There is no identifiable evidence to justify.” Previously he tried to tackle his state’s powerful oil industry, firing California's #1 oil and gas regulator for doubling fracking permits.

    That name-brand stations charge more than other gas stations for the same quality of product further clouds the picture, and the Golden State is not the only one to be victimized. Similar to store brand vs. big brand issues in other markets like food or personal care, larger gas companies across the country engage in price-fixing and false advertising to push equal products to consumers for higher costs.

    But let’s not forget the role of international events and the global economy in U.S. gas price dips and rises. Following missile and drone attacks on Saudi oil supplies in September, for example, fuel costs surged. Yet prices dipped when Saudi Arabia began to recover, and the threat of tariffs between international trading partners decreased demand for oil and thus lowering prices.

    AAA tracks average daily gas prices per gallon for each state. Using data pulled from AAA on Oct. 25, 2019, Stacker ranked each state and Washington D.C., from the lowest to highest cost of gas. Prices for regular, mid-grade, premium, and diesel gases were considered. Frequent drivers, read on to discover where to plan your next road trip to keep gas costs reasonable.

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  • #51. Missouri

    - Average gas price: $2.10
    --- Regular: $1.88
    --- Mid-grade: $2.12
    --- Premium: $2.39
    --- Diesel: $2.03
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 17.42 cents (#50 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 17.00 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 0.42 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 76.6 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 33.2 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 43.4 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 12,480 (#6 highest for all states)
  • #50. Oklahoma

    - Average gas price: $2.11
    --- Regular: $1.91
    --- Mid-grade: $2.16
    --- Premium: $2.36
    --- Diesel: $2.03
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 20.00 cents (#45 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 19.00 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 1.00 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 45.4 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 22.1 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 23.3 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 11,482 (#14 highest for all states)
  • #49. Mississippi

    - Average gas price: $2.12
    --- Regular: $1.82
    --- Mid-grade: $2.11
    --- Premium: $2.44
    --- Diesel: $2.13
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 18.79 cents (#49 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 18.00 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 0.79 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 40.7 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 23.8 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 16.9 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 13,685 (#3 highest for all states)
  • #48. Arkansas

    - Average gas price: $2.15
    --- Regular: $1.88
    --- Mid-grade: $2.15
    --- Premium: $2.45
    --- Diesel: $2.14
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 24.80 cents (#34 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 24.50 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 0.30 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 36.7 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 17.8 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 18.9 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 12,153 (#8 highest for all states)
  • #47. Louisiana

    - Average gas price: $2.17
    --- Regular: $1.84
    --- Mid-grade: $2.15
    --- Premium: $2.46
    --- Diesel: $2.24
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 20.01 cents (#44 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 20.00 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 0.01 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 50.0 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 19.5 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 30.5 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 10,765 (#23 highest for all states)

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  • #45. Kansas (tie)

    - Average gas price: $2.18
    --- Regular: $1.96
    --- Mid-grade: $2.21
    --- Premium: $2.45
    --- Diesel: $2.11
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 24.03 cents (#35 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 24.00 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 0.03 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 32.2 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 15.3 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 16.8 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 11,049 (#17 highest for all states)
  • #45. Texas (tie)

    - Average gas price: $2.18
    --- Regular: $1.89
    --- Mid-grade: $2.22
    --- Premium: $2.50
    --- Diesel: $2.12
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 20.00 cents (#46 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 20.00 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 0 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 282.0 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 76.7 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 205.3 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 9,727 (#35 highest for all states)
  • #43. Nebraska (tie)

    - Average gas price: $2.23
    --- Regular: $2.06
    --- Mid-grade: $2.16
    --- Premium: $2.51
    --- Diesel: $2.20
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 30.20 cents (#26 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 29.30 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 0.90 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 21.0 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 11.6 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 9.4 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 10,843 (#22 highest for all states)
  • #43. Alabama (tie)

    - Average gas price: $2.23
    --- Regular: $1.88
    --- Mid-grade: $2.20
    --- Premium: $2.54
    --- Diesel: $2.28
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 27.21 cents (#31 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 24.00 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 3.21 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 71.2 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 28.8 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 42.4 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 14,514 (#2 highest for all states)
  • #42. South Dakota

    - Average gas price: $2.24
    --- Regular: $2.08
    --- Mid-grade: $2.17
    --- Premium: $2.50
    --- Diesel: $2.23
    - Total state taxes/fees per gallon: 30.00 cents (#28 highest for all states)
    --- State excise tax: 28.00 cents
    --- Other state taxes/fees: 2.00 cents
    - Total miles driven annually: 9.7 billion
    --- Total rural miles driven: 6.8 billion
    --- Total urban miles driven: 2.9 billion
    - Miles driven annually per capita: 10,986 (#20 highest for all states)

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