Special Report

What a Gallon of Gas Cost the Year You Were Born

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1999
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.17 ($1.65)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.1 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 474.0 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.9 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $15.56 ($22.06)

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2000
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.51 ($2.09)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.1 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 461.6 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.8 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $26.72 ($36.96)

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2001
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.46 ($1.98)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.1 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 463.2 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.8 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $21.84 ($29.64)

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2002
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.36 ($1.82)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.2 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 471.6 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.7 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $22.51 ($30.16)

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2003
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.59 ($2.09)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.3 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 472.1 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.6 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $27.56 ($36.22)

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2004
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $1.88 ($2.41)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.3 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 478.0 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.4 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $36.77 ($47.15)

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2005
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $2.30 ($2.86)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.3 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 475.1 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.2 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $50.28 ($62.69)

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2006
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $2.59 ($3.14)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 475.4 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.1 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $59.69 ($72.45)

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2007
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $2.80 ($3.32)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.4 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 472.6 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.1 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $66.52 ($78.74)

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2008
> Price per gallon (inflation adj.): $3.27 ($3.75)
> U.S. gas consumption: 3.3 billion barrels
> Per capita gas consumption: 454.4 gallons
> U.S. oil production: 5.0 million barrels per day
> Price of a barrel of oil (inflation adj.): $94.04 ($108.07)