Friday, December 05, 2008

Real Price of Gas Falls To Five-Year Low

The cheapest gas in the country can be found in Kansas City for as low as $1.29 per gallon, and the national average retail price for gas is now down to $1.75 per gallon. Without the high-priced states of Alaska ($2.60) and Hawaii ($2.57), the national average for the other 48 states is down to $1.72 per gallon.

Using real gas prices from the EIA (in December 2008 dollars), the chart above (click to enlarge) shows how today's gas prices compare to past prices.

The last time real gas prices (national average) were as low as $1.75 per gallon was five years ago in December of 2003, and the last time real gas prices (national average) were as low as $1.29 per gallon (current Kansas City low price) was almost ten years ago in February of 1999 (see chart above). Gas prices in Kansas City are within 8 cents per gallon of the lowest-ever (national average) real gas price of $1.21 per gallon in February of 1999.


At 12/06/2008 12:53 AM, Blogger ListenEllipse said...

Despite the fall in gas prices the outlook for the economy does not look better. I guess this shows the one-way influence of gas prices on our economy. When prices are high, consumers and producers suffer, but when prices are low there is no guarantee that entities will prosper.

Anyway I look forward to planning a fun road trip this Christmas break with gas prices being so low.


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