The average price of gasoline in Barton County saw an 8 cent drop over the week, according to figures from GasBuddy.com.
As of Monday, April 12, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the county is $2.66 per gallon. Pawnee, Rush, Russell and Stafford counties also reported their average gas price at $2.66.
Pawnee County’s price dropped 9 cents from a week ago while Rush, Russell and Stafford counties saw a 1 cent increase. Rice county saw it’s average price of gas fall 9 cents from a week ago to $2.68 per gallon.
Meanwhile state gas prices have risen .04 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.69 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,329 stations in Kansas. Gas prices in the state are 2.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.07 higher than a year ago.
Other Kansas areas and their current gas prices:
Wichita- $2.58, down 1 cent per gallon from last week’s $2.59.
Topeka- $2.66, down 0.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.67.
According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Kansas is priced at $2.10 while the most expensive is $3.10, a difference of 100 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the state today is $2.10 while the highest is $3.10 a difference of 100 cents per gallon.
The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.85 today. The national average is down 0.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.02 higher than a year ago.
Historical gasoline prices in Kansas and the national average going back ten years:
April 12, 2020: $1.63 (U.S. Average: $1.83)
April 12, 2019: $2.60 (U.S. Average: $2.83)
April 12, 2018: $2.47 (U.S. Average: $2.70)
April 12, 2017: $2.22 (U.S. Average: $2.41)
April 12, 2016: $1.86 (U.S. Average: $2.06)
April 12, 2015: $2.23 (U.S. Average: $2.39)
April 12, 2014: $3.51 (U.S. Average: $3.63)
April 12, 2013: $3.41 (U.S. Average: $3.55)
April 12, 2012: $3.72 (U.S. Average: $3.90)
April 12, 2011: $3.67 (U.S. Average: $3.79)
“It has been a fairly tame last few weeks at the pump for most areas after a particularly active February and March when prices were screaming higher,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “After surging back then, we’ve seen the price increases fade, and while we haven’t seen much of a decline, prices have been holding near their yearly highs.”
De Haan said, for now, it appears the risk of seeing the national average climb to $3 has been delayed by a recent surge in COVID-19 cases both here and abroad, limiting the upside to gasoline demand. “But should things begin to improve, especially as we get closer to the start of the summer, we still have potential to see summer gas prices at their highest levels in years,” said De Haan. “Make no mistake, gas prices this year will be tied to the hip of the COVID situation.”