The 10 States with the Cheapest Gas

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5. Oklahoma
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.16
> Tax per gallon: 17.0 cents (5th lowest)
> Number of operating refineries: 5

Oklahoma’s gas prices are the fifth-cheapest in the country, up from being fourth-cheapest last year, as gas prices have risen 7 cents a gallon since then. In the past year, prices peaked at just over $3.70 a gallon in September, although that was still lower than the $3.90 per gallon peak price across the U.S. Gas isn’t the only thing that is inexpensive in Oklahoma — the state had the second lowest cost of living in the U.S.

4. Tennessee
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.16
> Tax per gallon: 21.4 cents (15th lowest)
> Number of operating refineries:1

Gas prices in Tennessee have only risen 6 cents a gallon from the same time last year, boosting the state’s ranking from sixth-lowest to fourth-lowest. In the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, Memphis and Nashville, prices are even cheaper, at $3.10 and $3.15, respectively. Tennessee has the lowest cost of living among all states in the U.S. Included in that figure is the cost of transportation, where Tennessee also has the overall lowest cost.

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3. South Carolina
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.15
> Tax per gallon: 16.8 cents (4th lowest)
> Number of operating refineries: 0

South Carolina residents benefit from some of the nation’s lowest state taxes on gas; residents pay just 16.8 cents per gallon. Gas prices in the state have diverged from the rest of the nation over the last month. While the current average price nationwide declined by 8 cents a gallon over the past month, South Carolina’s increased by 1 cent a gallon during that time. In the Charleston-North Charleston metro area, however, prices are down 11 cents from the month before.

2. Texas
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.14
> Tax per gallon: 20.0 cents (tied-11th lowest)
> Number of operating refineries: 26

Gas prices in Texas have fallen significantly in recent weeks — a gallon of gas cost $3.25 a month ago, with five states having lower gas prices at the time. Now, only gas in Missouri is cheaper. Gas prices in the state have only risen 4 cents a gallon in the past year, compared to the 10 cents a gallon increase across the U.S. Texas has 26 operating refineries, more than any other state in the country. Texas also levies a low 20 cents a gallon in taxes and fees, among the bottom-third of all states.

1. Missouri
> Regular gas price per gallon: $3.11
> Tax per gallon: 17.3 cents (6th lowest)
> Number of operating refineries: 0

Missouri currently has the lowest gas prices in the country, at just $3.11 per gallon, the same as a month ago. However, the current price is up 9 cents a gallon from a year ago, when Missouri was also the cheapest place to fill up at the pump. Prices peaked at about $3.65 per gallon in early April, well below the roughly $3.90 per gallon across the country. In the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, St. Louis and Kansas City, gas prices are even lower, at just $3.09 a gallon.

Samuel Weigley and Alexander E.M. Hess

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