Special Report

What a Gallon of Gas Cost the Year You Were Born

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1959
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.30 ($1.97)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.90 ($18.75)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.4 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 332.7 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.1 million barrels per day

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1960
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.31 ($1.98)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.88 ($18.37)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.5 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 337.7 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.0 million barrels per day

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1961
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.31 ($1.94)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.89 ($18.23)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.5 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 337.4 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.2 million barrels per day

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1962
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.31 ($1.91)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.90 ($18.07)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.5 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 345.1 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.3 million barrels per day

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1963
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.30 ($1.87)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.89 ($17.81)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.6 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 351.1 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.5 million barrels per day

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1964
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.30 ($1.84)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.88 ($17.48)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.6 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 352.7 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.6 million barrels per day

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1965
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.31 ($1.86)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.86 ($17.04)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.7 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 362.3 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.8 million barrels per day

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1966
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.32 ($1.86)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.88 ($16.69)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.8 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 375.0 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.3 million barrels per day

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1967
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.33 ($1.87)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.92 ($16.45)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.8 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 382.5 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.8 million barrels per day

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1968
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.34 ($1.82)
> Price per barrel (inflation adj.): $2.94 ($15.88)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.9 billion barrels
> Per capita consumption: 402.9 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 9.1 million barrels per day