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Gas prices jump in Barton, Pawnee counties
No change in average state gas prices
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Barton County saw a 9 cent increase in average gas prices from a week ago at $2.74, and gas prices in Pawnee County jumped 12 cents to $2.77. The average price of gasoline in Kansas saw no change from a week ago, averaging $2.67 per gallon as of Monday, April 5, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,329 stations across the state. Gas prices in Kansas are 8.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 96.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Meanwhile, Stafford, Russell and Rush counties’ average gas price remained unchanged from last week at $2.65 per gallon. Rice County saw a slight increase in their weekly average gas price at $2.77 per gallon, up a penny from a week ago.

Other Kansas areas and their current gas prices:

Wichita- $2.58/g, down 0.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.59/g.
Topeka- $2.67/g, up 1.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.66/g.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Kansas is priced at $2.39/g today while the most expensive is $3.10/g, a difference of 71.0 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the state today is $2.39/g while the highest is $3.10/g, a difference of 71.0 cents per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.86/g today. The national average is up 9.9 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 95.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices in Kansas and the national average going back ten years:

April 5, 2020: $1.70/g (U.S. Average: $1.91/g)
April 5, 2019: $2.51/g (U.S. Average: $2.74/g)
April 5, 2018: $2.45/g (U.S. Average: $2.66/g)
April 5, 2017: $2.20/g (U.S. Average: $2.38/g)
April 5, 2016: $1.87/g (U.S. Average: $2.05/g)
April 5, 2015: $2.24/g (U.S. Average: $2.39/g)
April 5, 2014: $3.45/g (U.S. Average: $3.57/g)
April 5, 2013: $3.48/g (U.S. Average: $3.62/g)
April 5, 2012: $3.77/g (U.S. Average: $3.94/g)
April 5, 2011: $3.55/g (U.S. Average: $3.69/g)

“Last week was a mixed bag for consumers at the pump as gas prices in half of states rose,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “The other half saw declines, with March closing like a lamb after starting out like a lion.”  

De Haan said oil prices have shown signs of strength in the last few trading sessions, as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to raise oil production starting in May by a very modest 350,000 barrels per day. “Overall, it’s a small increase in output as global demand continues to show strength in light of COVID-related improvements,” said De Haan. “U.S. gasoline demand rose for the sixth straight week as consumers hit the road for Easter.” He added that with demand growth likely to remain robust, consumers may see a second attempt at a run at a national average of $3 per gallon in the months ahead.

“While the last few weeks have seen gas prices hold mostly steady, it’s not likely to last forever,” said De Haan. “Especially as Americans increasingly get outside as warmer temperatures return.”