Posted in: Gas Prices,
by Patrick DeHaan on Mar 22, 2012 02:51 PM
With average gasoline prices at their highest ever level for this time of year, and with many areas again flirting closer with $4/gal, I thought it'd be prudent to see where we stand today vs. when we hit record prices.
For some areas, such as the Great Lakes, records were again set last year. Outside of the Great Lakes, gas price records are still on the books from 2008, so depending on the region you live in, you may have seen record prices just last year.
For the 200-plus U.S. cities that we track, I thought we'd see which cities are the closest today to hitting record highs. Here are some of the results, sorted by how far from records current prices are.
4c/gal- Milwaukee, Champaign
13c/gal- Sarasota, Tuscon, Houston, Cape Coral
14c/gal- Ocala, Baltimore
15c/gal- Tampa, Fort Worth
16/gal- Dallas, Green Bay, Naples, Harrisburg, Appleton, Omaha, Akton, Virginia Beach
17c/gal- Sioux Falls, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Madison, Rockford
19c/gal- Dayton, Salem, Columbus
20c/gal- Erie, Toledo, Des Moines
21c/gal- Phoenix, Reading, El Past, Winston-Salem, San Fran
22c/gal- Peoria, Miami, Riverside, Cleveland, Quad Cities, Oklahoma City, Scranton, Wichita
23c/gal- Memphis, Albany, Detroit, Raleigh, Lincoln, Los Angeles
The cities furthest from setting a record:
Spartanburg, Augusta- 68c/gal
Macon, Savannah- 57c/gal
The areas not close to reaching record high prices are cities in the South that were impacted by Hurricane Ike in 2008, when shortages saw gasoline prices rise well into the $4/gal range.