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Gas Prices in Kansas and Nationwide Continue to Rise

At $2.47/gallon, however, Kansas has the 10th cheapest average gas price in the nation.

TOPEKA, Kan. – April 2, 2018 – Motorists continue to pay more at the gas pumps this spring, as average prices across Kansas, and America, continue their recent increase. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Kansas is now $2.47, which is three cents more than one week ago and up six cents from a month ago.
“Demand for gas has remained strong, and now the transition to more expensive summer blend gasolines is taking place, so it’s not unusual to see prices at the pump jump this time of year,” said Jennifer Haugh, AAA Kansas spokesman. “Despite the recent increases, and the fact that the average price across the state is 15 percent higher than a year ago, Kansas still has the 10th lowest gas prices in the country – 19 cents less than the national average.”
The 10 Kansas cities regularly highlighted by AAA Kansas (see chart below) experienced a mixed bag this week, with seven cities experiencing higher – some significantly higher – gas prices. Topeka remained flat, while Lawrence (+13 cents), Kansas City, Kan. (+9) and Pittsburg (+8) saw the largest increases. Conversely, Wichita fell seven cents per gallon to $2.39, which registered as the 38 lowest price larger market in the nation.
According to AAA Kansas, this week’s Kansas gas price extremes are:
HIGH: Altoona (Coffey County) – $2.90
LOW: Waverly (Wilson County) – $2.21
National Perspective
Gas prices are edging up across the country as the market continues to purge winter-blend gasoline to make room for summer storage. At $2.66, the national gas price average is 5-cents more expensive on the week and 11-cents more expensive than two weeks ago.
“Today, only 38 percent of U.S. gas stations are selling gasoline for $2.50 or less and that percentage will likely dwindle in coming weeks,” said AAA Kansas’ Haugh. “The holiday weekend, strong demand and preparation for summer gasoline are all factors that have driven and will continue to drive higher gas prices into early spring.”
In spite of price fluctuations, gasoline demand fell to 9.2 b/d according to the latest Energy Information Administration data – the lowest point for the month of March, but remains strong for this time of year.
Quick Stats
  • The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases are: Utah (+14 cents), Kentucky (+10 cents), Missouri (+9 cents), Florida (+9 cents), Arizona (+9 cents), Idaho (+8 cents), Georgia (+8 cents), Nevada (+8 cents), New Mexico (+7 cents) and Indiana (+7 cents).
  • The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets are: Hawaii ($3.52), California ($3.51), Washington ($3.17), Alaska ($3.13), Oregon ($3.09), Nevada ($3.01), Pennsylvania ($2.86), Washington, DC ($2.83), Idaho ($2.80) and New York ($2.77).
Great Lakes and Central States Report
Gas prices are more expensive on the week across the Great Lakes and Central region with three states landing on this week top 10 list with the biggest increases: Kentucky (+10 cents), Missouri (+9 cents) and Indiana (+7 cents). Nebraska ($2.56) was the only state in the region to see no change at the pump this week.
Kentucky (+37 cents) and Indiana (+35 cents) are the leading states in the region with the largest year-over-year increase. Ohio (+17 cents) has the region’s and country’s lowest year-over-year difference in gas prices.
With a nearly 500,000 bbl draw, gasoline inventories continue to sit above the 58 million bbl mark. The region carries the second-highest inventory level in the country – second to the South and Southeast’s 84 million bbl.
Gas Price Trends in Select Kansas Cities
Today
Last Week
Last Month
Last
Year
Change Over Last Year
National
$2.66
$2.61
$2.55
$2.32
15%
Kansas
$2.47
$2.44
$2.41
$2.15
15%
Emporia
$2.47
$2.46
$2.30
$2.14
15%
Garden City
$2.39
$2.38
$2.33
$2.14
12%
Hays
$2.48
$2.45
$2.41
$2.16
15%
KCK
$2.53
$2.44
$2.42
$2.13
19%
Lawrence
$2.56
$2.43
$2.47
$2.16
19%
Manhattan
$2.50
$2.47
$2.39
$2.18
15%
Pittsburg
$2.51
$2.43
$2.41
$2.15
17%
Salina
$2.45
$2.46
$2.35
$2.11
16%
Topeka
$2.44
$2.44
$2.38
$2.13
15%
Wichita
$2.39
$2.46
$2.43
$2.15
11%
Bordering states and rank in lowest gas prices around the country
State
Current Avg.
Rank Today
Oklahoma
$2.42
4
Missouri
$2.41
3
Kansas
$2.47
10
Colorado
$2.51
15
Nebraska
$2.56
22
AAA Mobile App
Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
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