Prices are lower in most states than they were a year ago, but given that the average state is hovering around the $3.54 mark right now according to EIA, that is not much of a consolation. Right now, Hawaii is topping the chart for regular at $4.148 with NY at $3.676 and CA $3.802. The lowest prices out there are in mainly Southern and Southeastern states. South Carolina was cheapest at $3.202. Other states with under national average prices were Louisiana runs $3.327, Mississippi at $3.321 and New Mexico at $3.292.
The AAA report has the current average at $3.500 for regular. That’s up from $3.486 a day ago and $3.477 a week ago. One month ago, the rate was $3.330. Seventeen cents increase in one month. Ouch.
Where I live in NC, I have watched the prices tick up a few cents every 4 or so days. Our state average for regular now stands at $3.40, rounded. It’s $3.55 now around the corner from me. For perspective, here is a shot I snapped of the posted price at the same station around the corner back in on April 6th, 2012: