After 98 days of gasoline prices falling in the United States, the average cost for a gallon of gas took on Wednesday – but by less than one cent.
The national average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3,681 on Wednesday, according to AAA. That’s up from $3,674 on Tuesday, but still below the average a week ago of $3,703 and the average a month ago of $3,904.
However, the average price of a gallon of gas on Wednesday is up from an average of $3,192 a year ago.
The 14-week decline in prices was the longest streak the nation has seen since 2015, according to Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.
Gasoline prices peaked at more than $5 in June as Americans have struggled with higher prices at the gas pump, grocery store and elsewhere amid historically high inflation levels this year.
And although gas prices have been falling for months, experts have warned that prices could rise again. De Haan previously told USA TODAY that a variety of factors could push prices higher this year, from economic data indicating the U.S. won’t tip into a recession to a hurricane season hitting hard. Gas prices are also closely tied to global oil prices.
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The average price for a gallon of regular gas also varies widely across the country — in California on Wednesday, the average cost was about $5.49, compared to Mississippi at about $3.09. As the 98-day streak of falling gas prices comes to an end, here’s a look at where gas prices are the most expensive — and cheapest — in the U.S.
States with the most expensive average gas prices
- California – $5,493
- Hawaii – $5,268
- Nevada – $4,951
- Oregon – $4,651
- Alaska – $4,640
States with the least expensive average gas prices
- Mississippi – $3,094
- Louisiana – $3,135
- Georgia – $3,156
- Texas – $3,160
- Tennessee – $3,208
Contributing: Jordan Mendoza, Associated Press