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Gas prices on the decline
Thanksgiving travelers save at the pumps
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Ice on Main Street Great Bend, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. - photo by Daniel Kiewel

Gas prices in Great Bend have fallen to $2.38 per gallon over the last few weeks, just in time for Holiday travel. This trend can be seen throughout the state of Kansas.

Gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 8.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.37 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,329 stations in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.6 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.62 per gallon.

Average gasoline prices on Nov. 18 in Kansas have ranged widely over the last five years:

$2.37 per gallon in 2017, $1.90 per gallon in 2016, $1.96 per gallon in 2015, $2.74 per gallon in 2014 and $2.93 per gallon in 2013. 

Including the change locally during the past week, prices on Monday were unchanged compared to a year ago and are 31.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 24.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 7.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Motorists in Kansas and across America can add cheaper gas prices to their list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. As nearly 49 million motorists nationwide take to the roads for the upcoming holiday, they can enjoy some of the lowest prices at the pumps in 2018.

According to AAA, today’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Kansas is $2.36, which is down 11 cents in the past week, down 33 cents from one month ago, and four cents lower than one year ago.

The rapidly falling gas prices of late in Kansas have earned some important distinctions for their affordability:

• Kansas currently has the 8th cheapest gas prices in the country.

• The 33-cent price decline in Kansas in the past month ranks as the 6th largest drop in America.

“Despite seeing higher gas prices throughout most of 2018 compared to last year, Kansans hitting the road for Thanksgiving will find pump prices that have fallen significantly in the past month and which are now cheaper than a year ago as well,” AAA Kansas spokesman Shawn Steward said. “When it comes time to fill up during the trip, motorists should keep in mind that gas stations along highly traveled routes may have prices more expensive than in-town. Before setting out for the long Thanksgiving weekend.” 

Today’s average gas prices across Kansas vary by location:

Dodge City – $2.37

Emporia – $2.37

Goodland – $2.48

Hays – $2.44

Kansas City, Kan. – $2.34

Lawrence – $2.24

Manhattan – $2.57

Pittsburg – $2.32

Salina – $2.29

Topeka – $2.44

Wichita – $2.26

Great Bend - $2.38

Hutchinson - $2.79