Retail price of regular gasoline in the United States from 1990 to 2015 (in U.S. dollars per gallon)*

The statistic shows the retail price of regular gasoline in the United States from 1990 to 2015. In 1995, one gallon of regular gasoline cost 1.11 U.S. dollars. In 2015, one gallon of regular gasoline cost 2.43 U.S. dollars. Customers in Norway and Hong Kong are charged the highest gas prices around the world.


Gas prices in the U.S.

Finished motor gasoline is the most commonly used fuel in the U.S. transportation sector. Between 2009 and 2012, many countries including the United States saw a steep increase in the price of gasoline, peaking at 3.62 U.S. dollars per gallon in 2012. Although U.S. gasoline prices dipped in 2013 and 2014, they still remained well above the three-dollar mark.

2015 was different. In light of worldwide plummeting crude oil prices, U.S. regular retail prices of gasoline fell to a record low in 2015. During the summer of 2015, the average national gas price hovered around 2.6 U.S. dollars per gallon, and fell to 2.51 U.S. dollars per gallon in the first week of September. While customers in South Carolina were charged the lowest prices at the pump, the price changes were most strongly felt at gas stations in St. Louis, Boston and New Orleans.

U.S. gasoline prices will likely be affected by changes in refinery output, growing supplies of alternative fuels, as well as low crude oil prices - historically low prices that can be seen as a by-product of a Chinese stock market in turmoil. In June 2015, one barrel of UK Brent, a type of crude that is often linked with changes in the price of gasoline, cost about 61.5 U.S. dollars, which is about 37.5 U.S. dollars below the 2014 annual average price of Brent. On average, U.S. customers were charged 1.72 U.S. dollars in the third week of February 2016. A 2016 national average gasoline price of two U.S. dollars does not seem too unrealistic, given the fact that there are about 42 gallons in one barrel of oil, and a 42-dollar decline per barrel of crude oil will result in a one-dollar drop per gallon of gasoline.

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 U.S. dollars per gallon
90 1.3
91 1.1
92 1.09
93 1.07
94 1.08
95 1.11
96 1.2
97 1.2
98 1.03
99 1.14
00 1.48
01 1.42
02 1.35
03 1.56
04 1.85
05 2.27
06 2.57
07 2.8
08 3.25
09 2.35
10 2.78
11 3.52
12 3.62
13 3.51
14 3.36
15 2.43
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