OAKDALE, MN — If you’ve done any traveling by car in the months leading up to Christmas, you’ve likely noticed higher-than-normal gas prices in and around.
Are we in for any relief at the pumps this Christmas? A little, but motorists will still be paying an average of $1.19 more per gallon than they did a year ago, according to a recent report by AAA.
At the start of December, the national average price for a gallon of gas was $3.35, down seven cents from November.
While it’s been two months since we’ve seen gas prices this low, the drop has mostly been fueled by fears of a COVID-19-related global economic slowdown, according to AAA.
So how much can you expect to pay at the pump in Oakdale this Christmas?
AAA data shows the average price for a gallon of gas in Hennepin County was $3.13 on Thursday. That’s up from the state average of $3.101, but down from the national average of 3.316.
If you lived in the western United States, you’re likely paying some of the highest gas prices in the nation. As of Dec. 9, gas prices were as much as $4.68 in California, $3.90 in Nevada, $3.87 in Washington state, and $3.78 in Oregon.
Meanwhile, southern Plains states including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri are enjoying the nation’s lowest gas prices, ranging from $2.91 to $2.96 per gallon.