Special Report

What a Gallon of Gas Cost the Year You Were Born

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1979
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.86 ($2.49)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.6 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 479.2 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.6 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $12.64 ($36.72)

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1980
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.19 ($3.12)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 445.0 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.6 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $21.59 ($56.63)

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1981
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.31 ($3.16)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 440.1 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.6 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $31.77 ($76.48)

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1982
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.22 ($2.79)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 437.2 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.6 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $28.52 ($65.04)

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1983
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.16 ($2.53)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 434.2 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.7 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $26.19 ($57.29)

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1984
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.13 ($2.38)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 436.2 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.9 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $25.88 ($54.56)

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1985
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.12 ($2.27)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.5 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 440.1 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 9.0 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $24.09 ($49.07)

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1986
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.86 ($1.71)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.6 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 449.1 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.7 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $12.51 ($24.94)

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1987
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.90 ($1.73)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.6 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 455.9 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.3 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $15.40 ($29.78)

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1988
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $0.90 ($1.68)
> U.S. gas consumption: 2.7 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 461.3 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 8.1 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $12.58 ($23.41)