Gas Prices Rise Before July 4, Which States Have The Highest Prices

Planning your Fourth of July weekend plans? You’re not alone, AAA reports,nearly 44 million Americans plan to take a road trip this holiday weekend. With the influx of drivers comes an increase in gas prices. 

The national average fuel price during the holiday weekend will be about $3.11 per gallon — 43% higher than this time last year and about 2% higher than Memorial Day weekend — according to a gasbuddy analysis

The highest ever gas price average $4.11 on July 17, 2008, according to AAA.

This year, the rise in gas prices doesn’t just come from demand, the issue lies with a shortage of truck drivers.

The lack of oil tank truck drivers has made it difficult for gas stations to get fuel deliveries. As a result, some gas stations in Northern California, Colorado and Iowa ran out of gas earlier this week, Tom Kloza, the global head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service.

“There’s not a gas shortage but there will be and are increases in prices over Fourth of July weekend. But my real concern is with the thousands of deliveries of fuel needed a day and the lack of drivers,” GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan told USA TODAY. 

As the holiday weekend approaches, here’s a look at which states currently offer the most and least expensive gasoline. 

Most expensive gas prices

Starting at $4.28, California has the most expensive gas in the country. Hawaii is the second most expensive with $4.01. 

  • Washington: $3.75
  • Nevada: $3.72
  • Oregon: $3.60
  • Utah: $3.55
  • Alaska: $3.48
  • Colorado: $3.42
  • Idaho: $3.42

Least expensive gas prices

At just $2.74 Mississippi currently holds the least expensive gas. The following states have prices ranging from 2.89 to 2.74.

  • Louisiana: $2.76
  • Texas: $2.80
  • Alabama: $2.81
  • Arkansas: $2.81
  • Missouri: $2.81
  • South Carolina: $2.82
  • Oklahoma: $2.83
  • Kansas: $2.88
  • Tennessee: $2.89
  • North Carolina: $2.89

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