The current national average for a gallon of regular gas is $4.67, 13 cents lower than last week ($4.80) and 33 cents lower than a month ago ($5).
The price decrease occurred despite a slight rise in demand, likely due to robust July 4th holiday automobile travel. AAA forecasted that nearly 48 million people would hit the roads for the holiday weekend, a new record.
Usually, more people buying gas would lead to higher pump prices. But the price for oil, the main ingredient in gasoline, has fallen and is hovering around $100 a barrel. Less expensive oil usually means less expensive gas.Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of Government and Public Affairs for AAA Northeast
Connecticut ($4.63) now has the lowest average prices in the Northeast, while Maine ($4.84) and New York ($4.80) feature the highest in the region. Here’s where your state stands this week:
Connecticut’s current average of $4.63 is a 14-cent decline from a week ago, a 35-cent decrease from a month ago, and four cents below the national average. Fairfield County continues to have the highest average prices in the state, at $4.80, while Litchfield County features the lowest at $4.49.
The average in Massachusetts starts the week at $4.74, 11 cents less than it was a week ago, and a 30-cent improvement over a month ago today. Prices in Dukes ($5.75) and Nantucket ($5.92) counties lead the state while Franklin ($4.60) and Hampden ($4.58) counties continue to have the lowest prices.
New Jersey’s average price for a gallon of regular gas is now $4.71, 11 cents less than a week ago. You’ll find the lowest prices in Camden County at $4.64 and the highest in Somerset County, at $4.85.
New York’s average price for a gallon is now $4.80, a nine-cent drop over the last week but still among the highest in the Northeast. Those living upstate in Chautauqua County are seeing the best average prices at $4.67, though Saratoga, Clinton and Ulster counties are also coming in at less than $4.70 a gallon. Manhattan unsurprisingly has the highest prices at $5.18 a gallon.
Rhode Island is averaging $4.71 for a gallon of regular gas this week, 10 cents less than a week ago. The highest prices are in Washington County at $4.73 and the lowest prices are found in Newport County at $4.68.