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Kansas Gas Prices Continue to Fall, Still Sixth Lowest in USA

Average Kansas pump price drops four cents to $2.36; national average falls five cents to $2.57.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Sept. 25, 2017 – After falling five cents last week, Kansas’ average price at the pump dropped another four cents this week to an average of $2.36 a gallon, the sixth lowest state average in the country, reports AAA Kansas. (See attached infographic.). The state’s average per-gallon price is 21 cents less than the national average. The lowering gas prices are due to the nation’s gasoline supply and distribution continuing to recover after hurricanes Irma and Harvey, along with regular seasonal declines due to decreased demand and the switchover to winter-blend gasoline.
According to AAA Kansas, this week’s Kansas gas price extremes are:
HIGH: Kensington – $2.61
LOW: Cheney, Cunningham and Kingman – $2.16
Two Kansas metro areas rank among the nation’s top 50 lowest gas prices, according to AAA Kansas. Wichita, with $2.31/gallon pump prices ranks as the 20th lowest metro area in the nation, while Topeka ($2.36/gallon) ranks 49th lowest. Of the 10 Kansas cities regularly highlighted by AAA Kansas (see chart below), nine had gas price decreases, while Manhattan’s pump price was the same. Hays (-10 cents), Topeka (-8), Emporia (-7) and Kansas City, Kan. (-7) led the way with the largest price declines.
National Perspective
One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, motorists are finally seeing consistent declines in gas prices. At $2.57, today’s national average is five cents less than a week ago, 22 cents more expensive than a month ago and 36 cents more than a year ago.
“Gas prices are getting cheaper by the day,” said Shawn Steward, AAA Kansas spokesperson. “Pump prices may not be dropping as fast as motorists would like, but with the switchover to winter-blend gasoline, consumer demand beginning to slow and Gulf Coast refineries getting closer to normal operations, consumers can expect gas prices to continue to be less expensive through October.”
For a second straight week, the Great Lakes and Central states are seeing the largest drops on the week: Indiana (-12 cents), Michigan (-12 cent), Kentucky (-11 cents) and Ohio (-10 cents)
.
The South and Southeast states are still feeling the lingering pain of Hurricane Harvey. Gas prices are at least 30 cents more expensive than a month ago in Georgia (+44 cents), South Carolina (+39 cents), Alabama (+37 cents), Florida (+36 cents), Mississippi (+32 cents) and Texas (+31 cents).
According to the Department of Energy, Gulf Coast refinery operations were up nearly 10 percent for the week ending September 15. Overall, 10 refineries are operating at reduced rates, while three remain shut down. In addition, the Colonial Pipeline remains on about a seven-day gasoline delivery delay, but they estimate that by the end of the month the pipeline will be returning to normal deliveries.
Great Lakes and Central States Report
For a second straight week, the Midwest and Central states are seeing some of the largest declines in gas prices and some of the cheapest gas in the country.
  • Six states land on this week’s top 10 states with the largest drops: Indiana (-12 cents), Michigan (-12 cent), Kentucky (-11 cents), Ohio (-10 cents), Illinois (-9 cents) and Missouri (-7 cents).
  • Six states land on this week’s top 10 states with the least expensive gas: Ohio ($2.27), Missouri ($2.27), Indiana ($2.29), Kansas ($2.36), Kentucky ($2.40) and Michigan ($2.41).
Compared to one month ago, Indiana (-12 cents), Michigan (-7 cents) and Ohio (-3 cents) are the only three states in the country paying less at the pump. This year, the Great Lakes and Central states have been very volatile – experiencing large jumps one week followed by large decrease the following week. This trend in mind, it is not surprising to see three states are paying less than pre-Harvey gas prices
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Additionally, gasoline inventories jumped 1.3 million bbl in the Great Lakes and Central states – the largest of any region in the country – which contributes to the drop in gas prices. The only other region to see a build on the week was the West Coast, according to the EIA.
Gas Price Trends in Select Kansas Cities
Today
Last Week
Last Month
Last
Year
Change Over Last Year
National
$2.57
$2.62
$2.35
$2.21
16%
Kansas
$2.36
$2.40
$2.21
$2.07
14%
Emporia
$2.33
$2.40
$2.14
$2.01
16%
Garden City
$2.36
$2.37
$2.12
$2.07
14%
Hays
$2.34
$2.44
$2.23
$2.13
10%
KCK
$2.43
$2.50
$2.31
$2.12
15%
Lawrence
$2.45
$2.49
$2.35
$2.11
16%
Manhattan
$2.47
$2.47
$2.18
$2.04
21%
Pittsburg
$2.32
$2.36
$2.10
$1.99
17%
Salina
$2.24
$2.27
$2.13
$1.94
15%
Topeka
$2.36
$2.44
$2.20
$1.94
22%
Wichita
$2.29
$2.31
$2.17
$2.03
13%
Bordering states and rank in lowest gas prices around the country
State
Current Avg.
Rank Today
Last Week
Oklahoma
$2.29
3
1
Missouri
$2.27
2
2
Kansas
$2.36
6
6
Colorado
$2.50
24
21
Nebraska
$2.47
21
20
AAA Mobile App
Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 57 million members nationwide and more than 342,000 members in Kansas.  AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years.  AAA is a not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app (AAA.com/mobile) for iPhone, iPad and Android.  For more information, visit www.AAA.com.
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Derek Nester
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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