Special Report

States With the Highest (and Lowest) Gas Taxes

26. Georgia
> Tax as pct. of gas price: 12.9% (25th highest)
> State fuel tax: 26.5 cents per gallon (25th highest)
> Gas price: $2.06 (23rd highest)

Georgia state and local governments collected just over than $3,000 in taxes per capita in fiscal 2011, a lower tax burden than in most states. Still, Georgia ’s fuel tax was only a few cents lower than the national average of 29.8 cents per gallon.

27. Idaho
> Tax as pct. of gas price: 12.9% (24th highest)
> State fuel tax: 25.0 cents per gallon (24th lowest)
> Gas price: $1.94 (8th lowest)

Nearly 78% of net electricity used in Idaho came from renewable energy sources in 2013. And a portion of the state’s energy comes from geothermal sources. While this could mean a greater tolerance for higher fuel prices, gas costs less than $2 per gallon in Idaho on average, one of the lowest prices in the U.S.

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28. Kansas
> Tax as pct. of gas price: 13.0% (23rd highest)
> State fuel tax: 24.0 cents per gallon (22nd lowest)
> Gas price: $1.84 (3rd lowest)

Kansas has relatively low gas taxes, at just 24 cents per gallon, or nearly six cents below the U.S. average for state taxes and fees. The price of gas in the state is extremely low, at just $1.84 cents per gallon, the third lowest in the nation. The presence of numerous refineries and the availability of ethanol, which is blended into gasoline, likely help keep gas prices low.

29. Nebraska
> Tax as pct. of gas price: 13.2% (22nd highest)
> State fuel tax: 26.5 cents per gallon (25th lowest)
> Gas price: $2.01 (22nd lowest)

Like several other midwestern states, Nebraska is among the nation’s top producers of ethanol, which is blended with nearly all gasoline. Although the gas tax was about average, gas prices are relatively low. Gas costs roughly $2 per gallon, less than in a majority of states.

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30. Hawaii
> Tax as pct. of gas price: 13.2% (21st highest)
> State fuel tax: 45.0 cents per gallon (4th highest)
> Gas price: $3.40 (the highest)

Hawaiians pay some of the highest gas taxes in the nation at 45 cents per gallon. Yet, Hawaii also consumes less gasoline than most states. At $3.40 per gallon, the price of gas in the state was the highest in the country, which reflects the fact that petroleum must be shipped across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. This is also reflected in the state’s extremely high electricity costs, as Hawaii uses oil to generate most of its electricity.