Gas prices in Kansas continue to rise following a 4.6 cent increase from a week ago, according to figures released by GasBuddy.com. As of Monday, March 15, the state average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.67, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,329 gas stations across Kansas. The current average is 35.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and 67.7 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
In Barton County and neighboring Pawnee, Stafford, Ellsworth and Russell counties, the average price rose 8 cents from last week to $2.67. Rice county is averaging 9 cents cheaper at $2.58, unchanged from a week ago.
Other Kansas areas and their current gas prices:
Wichita - $2.58/g, down 0.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.59/g.
Topeka - $2.66/g, up 3.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.63/g.
The cheapest station in Kansas is priced at $2.36/g today while the most expensive is $3.15/g, a difference of 79.0 cents per gallon.
On the national level, the average price of gasoline has risen 5.9 cents in the last week, averaging $2.86/g today. The national average is up 33.2 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 64.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
Historical gasoline prices in Kansas and the national average going back ten years:
March 15, 2020: $2.00/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)
March 15, 2019: $2.34/g (U.S. Average: $2.54/g)
March 15, 2018: $2.36/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g)
March 15, 2017: $2.15/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g)
March 15, 2016: $1.87/g (U.S. Average: $1.94/g)
March 15, 2015: $2.33/g (U.S. Average: $2.43/g)
March 15, 2014: $3.42/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)
March 15, 2013: $3.56/g (U.S. Average: $3.69/g)
March 15, 2012: $3.68/g (U.S. Average: $3.82/g)
March 15, 2011: $3.44/g (U.S. Average: $3.56/g)
“As Americans turn optimistic on COVID-19 pandemic recovery, we’ve been seeing insatiable demand for gasoline, which continues to recover far faster than oil production,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “According to our data, last week’s gasoline demand was just 1% below the pre-pandemic level, an extremely bullish factor likely to continue driving gas and oil prices up in the short term.”