The 5 States With the Most Expensive Gas Prices

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2. Alaska

> Price per gallon: $3.3770
> State excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 3.3%
> Federal excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 5.4%
> Total excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 8.8%
> Excise taxes above national average? No

Alaska’s total excise taxes came to $0.2970 per gallon, which fell below the national average. This represents the only state among the top five to do so. Alaska possesses no “operating” oil refineries. Alaska exports crude oil and imports all of its gasoline back into the state.

3. Hawaii

> Price per gallon: $3.3290
> State excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 13.1%
> Federal excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 5.5%
> Total excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 18.6%
> Excise taxes above national average? Yes

Like California, Hawaii taxes represent a relatively huge portion of the total price for gasoline. The state takes 13.1% out of the consumers’ gasoline dollars, based on current gas prices. The biggest and most compelling reason that Hawaiian customers pay so much for gas: it brings all the gasoline by ships, which costs more than by pipelines.

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4. Nevada

> Price per gallon: $3.2410
> State excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 10.2%
> Federal excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 5.7%
> Total excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 15.9%
> Excise taxes above national average? Yes

Nevada’s citizens also pay a huge amount in gas excise taxes. The state currently exacts a 10.2% toll for each gallon of gas purchased in the state. Nevada imports most of its gasoline from southern California, and the added cost gets passed to the final gasoline consumer.

5. Washington

> Price per gallon: $3.0730
> State excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 12.2%
> Federal excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 6.0%
> Total excise tax as a pct. of price per gallon: 18.2%
> Excise taxes above national average? Yes

Based on current gas prices, the state of Washington collects 12.2% of the price for each gallon purchased. The state ranks number two on this list for the amount of excise taxes relative to each gallon of gas purchased. Refinery delays on the west coast also help explain the high prices.

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