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Increasing demand for gasoline and rising oil prices have made Oregon's average gas prices some of the highest in the nation.
AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday, Jan. 16, that Oregon's average gasoline prices inched up slightly more than 1 cent to $2.82 a gallon. Nationally, the average for regular gasoline increased 4 cents to $2.53 a gallon.
So far in January, Oregon has the fifth highest gasoline prices in the nation. The Pacific Coast states are leading the way, with Hawaii, Alaska, California and Washington all ranked higher than Oregon on the list.
States with the highest average gasoline prices (as of Jan. 16):
1 Hawaii $3.30
2 California $3.18
3 Alaska $3.08
4 Washington $2.93
5 Oregon $2.82
6 Pennsylvania $2.80
7 District of Columbia $2.75
8 Michigan $2.69
9 Nevada $2.68
10 New York $2.68
"So far demand for gasoline this January is higher than any week in January of last year," says Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho. "If demand remains strong, drivers are likely to see pump prices continue to climb."
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that gasoline demand was at its highest since 2011.
Hawaii has the most expensive gasoline in the country (average $3.30 a gallon), followed by California and Alaska. Oregon is fifth most expensive for the 29th week in a row.
The nation's cheapest markets are Texas ($2.28) and Alabama ($2.28). For the 25th week in a row, no states have an average below $2.
Oregonians are also paying above-average prices for diesel. For the week, the national average gained 2 cents to $2.93 a gallon. Oregon's average went up to $3.05. A year ago, the national average for diesel was $2.53 and the Oregon average was $2.68.