The price is high, but you keep buying and driving

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Have you been to the gas station lately? GasBuddy officials say gasoline prices in Yakima have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon over the past week, selling for an average of $4.66 per gallon. Yakima prices are 85.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and $1.48 per gallon higher than a year ago.

Looking for the cheapest gas in the valley?

According to GasBuddy’s price reports, if you’re looking for the cheapest gas, you can find it in Wapato selling for an average of $3.99 per gallon. The state’s lowest price yesterday was $3.94 per gallon while the highest was $5.59 per gallon.
Domestically, gasoline prices fell 9.0 cents per gallon, selling for an average of $4.23 per gallon. The national average is up 71.5 cents a gallon from a month ago and stands $1.37 a gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from over 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 service stations across the country.

Even though the prices are high, we still ride like crazy

“GasBuddy last week predicted a high for the National Average Gasoline Price, and indeed, for the first time in 12 weeks, the National Average Gasoline Price has declined. the decline is still subject to changes in global supply and demand, Covid and Russia’s war on Ukraine, we are set to see additional downdrafts at the pumps this week in most regions,” says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “So far, gasoline demand has shown no signs of abating under the pressure of higher prices, even as California approaching an average of $6 a gallon, with spring break well underway. If things get worse, with more oil kept out of world markets, it’s not impossible that gasoline prices would have to rise significantly still for Americans to start curbing their insatiable demand for gasoline.”

Remember those prices?

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and national average going back ten years:
March 21, 2021: $3.18/g (US average: $2.86/g)
March 21, 2020: $2.84/g (US average: $2.09/g)
March 21, 2019: $2.90/g (US average: $2.61/g)
March 21, 2018: $2.93/g (US average: $2.57/g)
March 21, 2017: $2.80/g (US average: $2.29/g)
March 21, 2016: $2.18/g (US average: $1.98/g)
March 21, 2015: $2.50/g (US average: $2.42/g)
March 21, 2014: $3.52/g (US average: $3.52/g)
March 21, 2013: $3.65/g (US average: $3.69/g)
March 21, 2012: $3.90/g (US average: $3.87/g)

So many people pay a lot more in other parts of the state

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma – $4.74/g, down 2.6 cents per gallon from $4.77/g last week.
Seattle – $4.87/g, down 1.8 cents per gallon from $4.89/g last week.
Washington – $4.72/g, down 1.2 cents per gallon from $4.73/g last week.

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