The 10 States With The Cheapest Gas

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10) Missouri
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.23
> Tax per gallon: 17.3 cents (6th lowest)
> Number of operating oil refineries: 0

In the past month, average gas prices in Missouri fell by 13 cents to $3.23 per gallon, the tenth-cheapest regular unleaded fuel in the country. The state is one of the few states with very low gas prices that is not located on the Gulf of Mexico — where much of U.S. oil drilling and refining occurs — nor adjacent to one of these states. Instead, extremely low taxes in the state help keep gas prices low. According to the American Petroleum Institute, excise taxes and other fees amount to just 17.3 cents a gallon at the pump — the sixth lowest tax in the country.

9) Texas
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.22
> Tax per gallon: 20 cents (tied for 12th lowest)
> Number of operating oil refineries: 26

Average state gas prices in Texas have dropped by 7.3%, or 26 cents, in just the past month. According to the Energy Information Administration, Texas has the most oil refineries of any U.S. state. Paired with a state tax rate of 20 cents per gallon, state gas prices have been typically below the national average. The relative cost of transportation in the state is among the lowest in the country.

8) Virginia
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.20
> Tax per gallon: 26.1 cents (27th highest)
> Number of operating oil refineries: 0

Virginia has no major refineries, and it has higher state taxes on fuel than 24 other states. Nevertheless, it is the northernmost state in the country that has such low average gas prices of $3.20 or less. According to AAA, unleaded fuel prices in Virginia peaked in April at nearly $3.90, very close to the national average. Since then, prices have fallen roughly 18% to just $3.20.

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7) Georgia
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.19
> Tax per gallon: 29.4 cents (33rd highest)
> Number of operating oil refineries: 0

Georgia has no operating refineries in the state. However, according to AAA spokesperson Michael Green, its proximity to the Gulf and to other states that process oil help keep its gasoline prices low. The state has the nation’s second-lowest excise tax of just 7.5 cents per gallon. Since peaking in the beginning of April, Georgia’s average gas prices have fallen by about 16%.

6) Arkansas
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.17
> Tax per gallon: 21.8 cents (16th lowest)
> Number of operating oil refineries: 2

The two refineries in Arkansas process about 90,500 barrels of gulf coast WTI crudeoil per day, likely contributing to the low gas prices in the state. Another reason for the state’s low gas prices can also be its relatively low taxes on gas. Consequently, transportation costs are the third lowest in the U.S. Gas prices in Arkansas have decreased by more than 15% since they peaked in early April.