Despite the increasing costs of gas per gallon across the U.S., demand was the highest in October for over a decade.
According to a AAA report, the Energy Information Administration release information showing gasoline demand was the highest at the end of October since 2006. The cause may be due to the warmer weather.
“October has seen strong demand numbers likely, in part, due to consumers taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather rather than spending time indoors,” said Jeanette Casselano, a spokesperson for AAA said in a statement. “As consumers fill up their tanks more frequently, we are seeing supply levels tighten and gas prices increase. However, we don’t expect this increase to be long-term.”
Since Nov. 1, gas prices have begun to climb higher across the nation.
The top 10 increases in per gallon costs for gasoline are as follows:
- Michigan, 21 cents per gallon
- Ohio, 20 cents per gallon
- Illinois, 19 cents per gallon
- California, 17 cents per gallon
- Wisconsin, 16 cents per gallon
- Indiana, 14 cents per gallon
- Missouri, 11 cents per gallon
- Kentucky, 10 cents per gallon
- Minnesota, 8 cents per gallon
- Nebraska, 7 cents per gallon
The 10 least expensive markets in the U.S. are Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Carolina, with an average cost of $2.26 per gallon of gasoline.
The West Coast had the most expensive markets for gas, with California leading the region with gas costs at an average of $3.21 per gallon. That comes after the statewide gas tax of 12 cents per gallon went into effect on Nov. 1. Taxes in California range anywhere from 29.7 cents per gallon to 41.7 cents per gallon.