California no longer has the most expensive gas in the country

(KTLA) – California drivers may not find much comfort in this news, but the Golden State no longer has the most expensive gas in the United States.

Over the past week, the average cost of regular unleaded in Washington State has reached $4.97 per gallon as of Saturday, topping California ($4.84 per gallon) by 13 cents, according to the latest AAA analysis.

Both states remain well above the national average of just under $3.58 per gallon.

Perhaps more notable is how much lower fuel prices are compared to a year ago, when Californians paid a whopping $6.38 per gallon on average.

“Drivers are benefiting financially, with 20 gallons of gas costing nearly $30 less than last year. And with low oil costs, drivers will find pump prices flat or moving slightly lower for now,” AAA spokesman Andrew Gross said in a blog post from mid of June.

However, Gross noted that the nation may simply be “in a bit of a demand situation heading into the Fourth of July holiday.”

As of Saturday, Hawaii had the third-most expensive gas prices in the nation, averaging $4.72 per gallon, with Oregon ($4.63 per gallon) and Nevada ($4.25) rounding out the five most expensive states, according to AAA.

The cheapest state to buy gas, on average, was Mississippi, at just over $3.00 per gallon as of Saturday.

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