Ever feel that you're paying a higher percent of your income towards gasoline than people in other states? You might be right. Using average incomes for each state and using the average gasoline consumption so far this year (131.04 gallons so far in 2010), let's see what states are paying the most and the least of their income towards gasoline.

First off, motorists in the following states are paying the most compared to their income:
1) Utah, paying an average of 3.82% of their income on gasoline
2) Idaho, paying an average of 3.74% of their income on gasoline
3) Mississippi, paying an average of 3.73% of their income on gasoline
4) West Virgina, paying an average of 3.69% of their income on gasoline
5) Kentucky, paying an average of 3.57% of their income on gasoline

Who's getting off the lightest?
1) New Jersey, where motorists pay an average of 2.2% of their income on gasoline
2) Connecticut, where motorists pay an average of 2.25% of their income on gasoline
3) Massachusetts, where motorists pay an average of 2.32% of their income on gasoline
4&5) TIED, Wyoming and Maryland, where motorists pay an average of 2.41% of their income on gasoline

Now- you may think a different of just over one percent is pocket change, but over the course of a calendar year, that difference can easily add up to hundreds of dollars.

The rest of the states not mentioned are listed below, with the percentage of their income they spend on gasoline:
#6 Virginia 2.58%
#7 New York 2.64%
#8 Colorado 2.66%
#9 New Hampshire 2.66%
#10 Minnesota 2.79%
#11 Delaware 2.87%
#12 Rhode Island 2.90%
#13 Illinois 2.92%
#14 Kansas 2.97%
#15 Washington 2.97%
#16 Pennsylvania 2.98%
#17 North Dakota 3.00%
#18 Texas 3.03%
#19 California 3.04%
#20 South Dakota 3.05%
#21 Missouri 3.08%
#22 Nebraska 3.10%
#23 Oklahoma 3.10%
#24 Florida 3.12%
#25 Iowa 3.12%
#26 Nevada 3.12%
#27 Vermont 3.12%
#28 Louisiana 3.14%
#29 Wisconsin 3.19%
#30 Ohio 3.21%
#31 Maine 3.24%
#32 Tennessee 3.29%
#33 Georgia 3.32%
#34 North Carolina 3.35%
#35 Oregon 3.37%
#36 Alabama 3.41%
#37 Indiana 3.41%
#38 Michigan 3.41%
#39 Alaska 3.44%
#40 Montana 3.45%
#41 New Mexico 3.46%
#42 South Carolina 3.46%
#43 Arizona 3.48%
#44 Arkansas 3.48%
#45 Hawaii 3.52%

So while Alaska, Hawaii, and California all have the highest gasoline prices, they don't have it as bad as those in Utah, Mississippi, and other states.