Gasoline prices take a drop in Oklahoma

Average gasoline prices dropped only a few cents a gallon in Oklahoma in the past week while rising nearly 8 cents in the past few weeks across the rest of the country.

AAA Oklahoma reports the national gas price average is $2.79 while Oklahoma’s average is $2.47, a drop of 3 cents in the past week. In the past week, 18 states aw their gas price averages increase by at least a nickel.  Analysts attribute the increase to more expensive crude oil prices, robust demand and decreasing gasoline stocks.

“Gas prices continue to increase for the majority of motorists east of the Mississippi,  while those filling up in the West Coast and Rockies regions are seeing a bit of a reprieve at the pump,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “While the national average is up, only seven states have gas price averages of $3/gallon or more. And notably, compared to the same time last year, the average is still eight cents cheaper.”

The cheapest gasoline in Oklahoma is in Cotton County in the southwest where the countywide average is $2.37. The average in Oklahoma county is $2.39.

Hughes County in the southeast has the state’s highest county average at $2.77 a gallon while Harmon county in the southwest has an average of $2.75 a gallon.

Oklahoma City’s average, according to AAA is $2.42, a drop of 5 cents in the past week. Tulsa’s average dropped 8 cents to $2.43 a gallon.

But GasBuddy reports Oklahoma City’s average is $2.33 based on its survey of 669 gas stations in the metro. That’s a drop of 8.4 cents per gallon. However, the city average is still nearly 12 cents higher than a month ago and still 18 cents cheaper than one year ago.

GasBuddy found the cheapest gasoline is $2.06 a gallon in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma’s prices compare to $2.43 in Arkansas, $2.55 in Missouri, $2.54 in Kansas, $2.67 in Colorado, $2.59 in New Mexico and $2.53 in Texas.