Even though gas prices have fallen 7.2 cents per gallon over the last week, gas is still expensive selling for an average of $5.25 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima. GasBuddy officials say Prices in Yakima are 2.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.54 per gallon higher than a year ago. If your vehicle runs on diesel the price of diesel has fallen 6.3 cents nationally in the past week and stands at $5.72 per gallon.

You know where you'll find the cheapest gas in the Valley

A drive to Wapato and you'll find the cheapest gas in the valley at $4.65 a gallon.
The lowest price in the state yesterday was $4.49 a gallon while the highest was $6.39 a gallon.
The national average price of gasoline has fallen 10.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.78 a gallon today. The national average is down 7.2 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.66 a gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

How long with gas prices keep falling?

“As expected, and for the third straight week, average gasoline prices have fallen to their lowest level in over a month. The price of wholesale gasoline has plummeted, providing price relief as millions of Americans hit the road for the holiday weekend," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "While we may see prices decline into this week, the drop could fade soon if oil prices reverse, especially with strong demand over the holiday. For the time being, Americans are spending nearly $100 million per day less on gasoline than when prices peaked a few weeks ago, and that's well-needed relief at a time when gas prices remain near records."

What a difference a couple of years can make

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
July 5, 2021: $3.71/g (U.S. Average: $3.12/g)
July 5, 2020: $2.58/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g)
July 5, 2019: $3.28/g (U.S. Average: $2.75/g)
July 5, 2018: $3.38/g (U.S. Average: $2.87/g)
July 5, 2017: $2.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.24/g)
July 5, 2016: $2.59/g (U.S. Average: $2.26/g)
July 5, 2015: $3.14/g (U.S. Average: $2.77/g)
July 5, 2014: $3.92/g (U.S. Average: $3.66/g)
July 5, 2013: $3.74/g (U.S. Average: $3.47/g)
July 5, 2012: $3.64/g (U.S. Average: $3.33/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $5.35/g, down 9.4 cents per gallon from last week's $5.45/g.
Seattle- $5.59/g, down 5.6 cents per gallon from last week's $5.65/g.
Washington- $5.40/g, down 7.0 cents per gallon from last week's $5.47/g.

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