Friday, May 16, 2008

Gas Taxes By State

The map above (click to enlgarge) shows gas taxes by state, from the API as of January 2008. The map above helps explain the map below of gas prices by state.


At 5/16/2008 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Economists got on McCain and Hillary for their gas tax holiday, yet eyeballing the images there seems to be a relationship (in most, but not all states) between taxes and prices.

Why, then, would a gas tax holiday not lower retail pump prices? I'm assuming the tax is applied at the pump; if it's applied further up the chain, then I'd fully understand. Pump prices, though, are highly competitive. If it is charged higher up, then nevermind.

At 5/16/2008 8:09 PM, Blogger Ironman said...

Mark, I hope you don't mind, but I have a bleg for your readers....

One of the things that I'd really like to do, but can't since I can't find an online application to make one, would be to make a county-by-county gas price cartogram (like the second picture), but one that subtracts state gas taxes from the price per gallon.

I can find tools that are set up to make unique state-by-state cartograms, but not for the county-by-county maps. If anyone out there might know of such an application, please post a link!


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