Running on Fumes

With the double-whammy of spiking gas prices and Memorial Day holiday trips, America is facing a “perfect storm” of fuel costs.  However, gas prices vary in different parts of the country depending on a variety of factors such as proximity to refining facilities and state-level gas taxes.  To show these fluctuations, the folks over at have developed a detailed temperature map of gas price averages by county.

The map of U.S. gas prices crosses the spectrum of colors, with green representing the lowest gas prices (<$3.68/gallon) and red representing the highest (>$4.14/gallon).  Wyoming and Arizona are among the cheapest places to buy gas; and California, Michigan, and Connecticut are among the most expensive.  The Great Plains and the Gulf Coast have moderate to less-expensive gas prices, whereas the Midwest and Upstate New York suffer from higher prices.

Click here or on the picture above to see the full U.S. gas price temperature map.  And click here to see a Canadian gas price temperature map from the same people.

Information discovered via Jalopnik.


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