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Gas Prices Across United States Regions in Two Maps


  • AAA wrote that the “national average for a gallon of gas has not fallen for nearly a month.”
  • Gas prices vary throughout the US; prices are $5.49 per gallon on the West Coast, per EIA data.
  • The following graphics show how gas prices have changed and where they stand as of the latest data.

Gas prices have been climbing, and are in fact at a record high.

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas prices were $4.593 per gallon as of May 23, 2022, an increase of $1.573 from a year ago. Regular gas prices have never been this high as of data starting at the end of August 1990. The following chart highlights how gas prices have changed since 2010:

Gas prices have been increasing across the country. They are especially high in the West Coast compared to other regions based on EIA data for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. The following line chart shows how prices have been increasing for these regions, and the US, since January 2020:

AAA, which also measures gas prices in similar fashion to the EIA, also found price hikes across the nation. According to AAA, the national average price is $4.598 as of May 24, 2022. And according to a note from JPMorgan’s Natasha Kaneva, gas prices could be $6 a gallon this summer; Kaneva said that “US retail price could surge another 37% by August to a $6.20/gal national average.”

“The national average for a gallon of gas has not fallen for nearly a month,” AAA wrote in a May 23 news release. “Gasoline has either remained flat or risen every day since April 24 and has set a new record daily since May 10. That was the day gas eclipsed the previous record high of $4.33, set earlier this year on March 11.”

Gas prices vary depending on where you live in the US.

This map shows the price of regular gasoline per gallon as of May 23, 2022 using data from the US Energy Information Administration. The map is split into Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts, or PADD regions, where each state belongs to a region. We highlighted the prices for the sub-PADDs that make up the East Coast, as the EIA data shows that prices differ within the East Coast region.

Regular gas prices in the West Coast PADD were higher than other regions, at $5.49 per gallon. EIA reports that the price of gas in this PADD region is $5.04 per gallon when you exclude California. Regular gas prices in the Lower Atlantic PADD, which includes states like Florida and Georgia, were $4.33 per gallon.

Prices in each PADD region are higher than they were at the start of 2022. The following map shows how much gas prices per gallon have gone up from January 3, 2022 to May 23, 2022:

The Midwest PADD and the Central Atlantic PADD have seen the biggest changes over this time period, with increases of about $1.37 per gallon according to EIA data of regular gasoline prices.

“I think that the reality is we are in for higher gas prices, certainly through the summer and probably through the end of this year, possibly gradually going lower,” Severin Borenstein, faculty director of the Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, told CBS News. “But we’re not going to see $2 or $3 gasoline even in the near future.”

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