Gas Prices by County in the United States

03/09/2011 @ 3:35 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

Gas Prices by County in the United States Gas price heat map 635x421

In case you haven’t been to a pump recently, gas prices are getting more and more expensive lately, thanks mostly in part to the civil unrest in the Middle East (Libya in particular). While the current sticker shock on gas prices is due to temporary issues, the United States is still bracing itself for $5.00/gallon gasoline this summer, which our friends abroad would love to see in their home countries as they pay nearly double that price for only a litre of fuel. Curious to see how gas prices breakdown by state and by county? Check out this cool widget that Brammo is hosting on its website.

There’s two big takeaways we see from this map: 1) You’ll find your cheapest gas in the Rocky Mountain region and New Jersey, and 2) if you live in California, like most motorcycle riders, you’re basically hosed. California’s prices are so much higher than the national average, the map needs some more colors just to distinguish between the central valley and coastal prices of the Golden State (our trip today say near $4.00 gasoline in the SF/Bay Area). Ok New Jerseyans, you win this round.

Source: Brammo

Comment:

  1. Kevin White says:

    Most motorcyclists live in California? Hmm.

    Anyway, the actual price of gas has little to no effect on me personally. Gas is relatively cheap where I live, but my vehicles require high octane, which I always kind of use as a proxy for the national average. If gas goes from the $3.67 I pay in north Texas for 93 octane to $5.00, my average monthly gas bill goes from about $66 to about $90. A $24/month increase is not going to hurt that badly, and my fuel efficiency and usage is just south of typical for a lot of the people I know.

    It’s the downstream effects that are FAR more worrisome for me and for those less fortunate:
    A) widespread inflation significantly raising the cost of living across the board because the cost of transporting anything jumps so much

    B) a slow down and possible failure of the economic recovery leading to another round of contraction

  2. Kevin White says:

    I’ll also mention that there are some positive externalities too.

    1. more conscientious vehicle purchase choices (maybe including two-wheeled vehicles)
    2. fewer cars on the road taxing a hugely overburdened road system (I live in the third-fastest growing town in the US, it takes 30 minutes to go 3 miles away to a restaurant on a weekday evening)
    3. more interest and possible investment in alternative locomotion and alternative power

  3. 76 says:

    I’m fine with 5 dollars a gallon of high octane gas, with that said as long as its gas, not fcking ethanol, that crap needs to go, I cant even type about it I get so mad

  4. EM says:

    It seems the further away from the shipping ports and refineries the cheaper gasoline gets. The refineries are 25 miles outside of San Francisco, and the gas prices are through the roof there.

  5. ML says:

    Prior to the recent hike in gas prices, I spent about $10 to fill up my monster. Now I pay $12.
    Considering I fill up my bike an average of 6 times a month, I pay about $72 for gas each month.

    If I drove my car daily, I’d pay $80 per fill up with the recent price hike. I’d fill my car up 5 times a month. This puts me at $400 per month to gas up my car.

    $400 – $72 = $328 savings.

    Considering tires, oil, maintenance, and insurance for my bike costs about $120 a month, I am still ahead $208 a month on gas (let alone the wear and tear I save on my car).

    $208 a month over 48 months = $9,984.00

    Basically, the money I save on gas will pay off my bike in 4 years.

  6. Keith says:

    it’s funny. I don’t know of ANY motorcycle regardless of fuel requirements that doesn’t get better milage than all but the most useless pos hybrids. Heck mine was new in 79 and gets better milage than most cars out there. For once I’ve got some of the cheapest gas in the country, but the surface streets are packed snow and ice. Outside of town is clear. 8^( oh the dilema. Old wing or ninjette.

  7. @maatmann says:

    Come to Europe: US$ 8,75/gallon. Stop wining please.

  8. F1 says:

    there are no positives from this situation. If you didn’t “ride share” before, you won’t start now,. There will always be the same amount of commuters on the road regardless of gas prices. People will eat then pay for gas to get to work, in that order. They will stop paying other bills long before that pecking order changes. sad but true.
    And southern California is also the full sized pickup truck capitol of the US, lord knows why,, there is rarely more than the driver in them and nothing ever in the bed. Those pigs get between 10 ant 15 miles per gallon and I see a brand new one on the road every day.

  9. JSH says:

    My motorcycle has the highest cost per mile of all my vehicle (gas, tires, maintenance). The bike (02 BMW R1150R) costs $0.21 per mile. My car, a 03 VW TDI Wagon, costs $0.07 per mile. My wife’s car, 05 Toyota Prius, costs $0.06 per mile to run. While they all get mid-40′s mpg, tires are a different story. The BMW eats a $400 set of tires in 5K miles. The cars eat a $500 set of tires every 50K miles.

    Considering my commute starts with 7 miles of stop and go traffic that takes 40 minutes, I’ll keep my “useless” hybrid. Sitting is traffic is much more pleasant with A/C and satellite radio when it is 90F and 80% humidity.

  10. Kevin White says:

    Have to disagree that there are the same number of cars. For work? Perhaps. But we started seeing a marked decrease in evening leisure travel in the 2008 gas price spike.

  11. Max says:

    @Maatmann

    Crying when you are being raped isn’t whining. With all due respect.