The Price is High But You’re Still Buying and Driving
Been to the gas station lately? Officials at GasBuddy say gas prices in Yakima are down 4.0 cents a per gallon over the last week selling for an average of $4.66 per gallon. Prices in Yakima are 85.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.48 per gallon higher than a year ago.
Looking for the cheapest gas in the valley?
According to GasBuddy price reports if you're looking for the cheapest gas it can be found in Wapato selling for an average of $3.99 per gallon. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.94 per gallon while the highest was $5.59 per gallon.
On the national side gas prices are down 9.0 cents per gallon selling for an average of $4.23 a gallon. The national average is up 71.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.37 per 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.
Even though the prices are high we're still driving like crazy
“GasBuddy, last week, predicted that a top was in for the national average price of gasoline, and indeed, for the first time in 12 weeks, the national average price of gasoline has declined. While the decline is still subject to changes in global supply and demand, Covid and Russia's war on Ukraine, we are poised to see additional downdrafts at the pump this week in most areas," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "For now, gasoline demand has shown absolutely no signs of buckling under the pressure of higher prices, even as California nears an average of $6 per gallon, with spring break travel well underway. If the situation does worsen, with more oil being kept away from global markets, it's not impossible that gas prices would still have to climb a considerable amount for Americans to start curbing their insatiable demand for gasoline."
Remember these prices?
Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
March 21, 2021: $3.18/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)
March 21, 2020: $2.84/g (U.S. Average: $2.09/g)
March 21, 2019: $2.90/g (U.S. Average: $2.61/g)
March 21, 2018: $2.93/g (U.S. Average: $2.57/g)
March 21, 2017: $2.80/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)
March 21, 2016: $2.18/g (U.S. Average: $1.98/g)
March 21, 2015: $2.50/g (U.S. Average: $2.42/g)
March 21, 2014: $3.52/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)
March 21, 2013: $3.65/g (U.S. Average: $3.69/g)
March 21, 2012: $3.90/g (U.S. Average: $3.87/g)
So many people are paying a lot more in other areas of the state
Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $4.74/g, down 2.6 cents per gallon from last week's $4.77/g.
Seattle- $4.87/g, down 1.8 cents per gallon from last week's $4.89/g.
Washington- $4.72/g, down 1.2 cents per gallon from last week's $4.73/g.
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