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Kansas Has 10th Lowest Gas Prices In America

Kansas Has 10th Lowest Gas Prices in America;
National Average Near Low for the Year Heading into Independence Day Weekend
June 26, 2017 – In advance of the Independence Day holiday, which is expected to break records for the number of travelers hitting the roadways, average gas prices in Kansas continue their steady decline this summer. This week’s statewide average of $2.07 per gallon is four cents lower than last week at this time. Average gas prices in Kansas are 19 cents cheaper than the national average of $2.26.
Kansas’ average gas price registers 10th lowest in the nation for the fourth week in a row. Motorists in 72 Kansas communities are now enjoying average prices of $2 per gallon or less, led by Iola and the aptly named, Gas, at $1.87.
Of the 10 regularly reported Kansas cities (see chart below), eight saw price decreases in the past week, while prices in Hays and Manhattan rose by one cent per gallon. Garden City experienced the largest price decrease, falling 9 cents to $2.01.  Wichita fell 4 cents in the past week to $1.98 and comes in as the 15th lowest metro area in America.
This week’s Kansas cities with the state’s gas price extremes are:
HIGH: Hill City, Hope and St. Francis – $2.30
LOW: Gas and Iola – $1.87
National Summary
Despite a surge in gasoline demand on the week, the national average price for gasoline is nearing an all-time low for the year at $2.26/gallon. February of this year was the last time the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was this low nationally.
On the week, gas prices fell in all but three states (Indiana, Ohio and Michigan) while all regions, except the Southeast, saw gasoline inventories drop. This is good news for people planning to travel for the Independence Day holiday. AAA forecasts 37.5 million American will drive to their holiday destination, which potentially can mean a small increase in holiday weekend gas prices. Today, consumers can find gas for $2.24 or less at 60 percent of gas stations in the country.
The price of gas has fallen for 24 consecutive days. Today’s national average is three cents cheaper than a week ago and eleven cents cheaper than a month ago. Heading into Independence Day weekend, gasoline is four cents less than a year ago. Record refinery rates, high gasoline and crude inventory, and less-than-favorable demand this year are among the contributing factors causing the downward price trend.
The nation’s top ten markets with the cheapest gas this week include: South Carolina ($1.93), Oklahoma ($1.95), Alabama ($1.99), Mississippi ($2.00), Missouri ($2.01), Tennessee ($2.02), Arkansas ($2.02), Virginia ($2.03), Texas ($2.06) and Kansas ($2.07).
See Attached Infographic: Top 10 Least Expensive Average Gas Prices
Gas Price Trends in Select Kansas Cities
Today
Last Week
Last Month
Last
Year
Change Over Last Year
National
$2.26
$2.29
$2.37
$2.31
-2%
Kansas
$2.07
$2.11
$2.21
$2.16
-4%
Emporia
$2.05
$2.07
$2.16
$2.15
-5%
Garden City
$2.01
$2.10
$2.16
$2.10
-4%
Hays
$2.12
$2.11
$2.24
$2.04
4%
KCK
$2.12
$2.15
$2.23
$2.23
-5%
Lawrence
$2.12
$2.18
$2.27
$2.23
-5%
Manhattan
$2.15
$2.14
$2.18
$2.12
1%
Pittsburg
$2.02
$2.06
$2.11
$2.04
-1%
Salina
$2.09
$2.17
$2.20
$2.07
1%
Topeka
$2.11
$2.12
$2.17
$2.03
4%
Wichita
$1.98
$2.02
$2.25
$2.18
-9%
Bordering states and rank in lowest gas prices around the country
State
Current Avg.
Rank Today
Last Week
Oklahoma
$1.95
2
2
Missouri
$2.01
5
7
Kansas
$2.07
10
10
Colorado
$2.28
31
31
Nebraska
$2.20
20
20
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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