Special Report

What a Gallon of Gas Cost the Year You Were Born

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1969
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.35 ($1.88)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.0 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 418.0 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 9.2 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $3.09 ($16.71)

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1970
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.36 ($1.84)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.1 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 432.5 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 9.6 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $3.18 ($16.43)

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1971
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.36 ($1.80)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.2 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 444.0 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 9.5 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $3.39 ($16.80)

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1972
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.36 ($1.73)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.3 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 467.0 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 9.4 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $3.39 ($16.24)

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1973
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.39 ($1.76)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 482.8 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 9.2 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $3.89 ($17.69)

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1974
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.53 ($2.19)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 468.6 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.8 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $6.87 ($28.29)

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1975
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.57 ($2.16)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 473.8 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.4 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $7.67 ($29.16)

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1976
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.59 ($2.13)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.6 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 491.9 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.1 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $8.19 ($29.52)

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1977
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.62 ($2.10)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.6 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 499.6 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.2 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $8.57 ($29.00)

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1978
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.63 ($1.98)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.7 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 510.5 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.7 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $9.00 ($28.47)