Special Report

What a Gallon of Gas Cost the Year You Were Born

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1949
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.27 ($2.21)
> U.S. gas consumption: 0.9 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 247.7 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.0 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $2.54 ($20.95)

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1950
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.27 ($2.18)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.0 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 263.3 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.4 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $2.51 ($20.46)

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1951
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.27 ($2.08)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.1 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 295.5 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 6.2 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $2.53 ($19.31)

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1952
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.27 ($2.05)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.1 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 288.2 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 6.3 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $2.53 ($18.92)

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1953
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.29 ($2.12)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.1 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 297.6 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 6.5 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $2.68 ($19.78)

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1954
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.29 ($2.12)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.2 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 300.3 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 6.3 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $2.78 ($20.35)

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1955
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.29 ($2.12)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.3 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 320.0 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 6.8 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $2.77 ($20.20)

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1956
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.30 ($2.14)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.3 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 322.9 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.2 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $2.79 ($19.94)

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1957
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.31 ($2.15)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.3 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 322.2 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 7.2 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $3.09 ($21.44)

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1958
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.30 ($2.06)
> U.S. gas consumption: 1.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 325.3 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 6.7 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $3.01 ($20.40)