Gas prices in Kansas fell 2.2 cents from a week ago, averaging $2.67, according to a daily survey from GasBuddy.com of 1,329 stations across the state. Kansas gas prices are 14.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 88.7 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
For the second consecutive week, Barton County and neighboring Pawnee, Stafford, Ellsworth and Russell counties dropped a penny from last week to $2.65 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Rice County saw its price of gas jump four cents to $2.72 from a week ago.
Other Kansas areas and their current gas prices:
Wichita- $2.59/g, unchanged from last week’s $2.59/g.
Topeka- $2.66/g, down 0.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.67/g.
According to GasBuddy price reports, the lowest price in the state is $2.34/g while the highest is $3.10/g, a difference of 76.0 cents per gallon.
At the national level, the average price of gasoline has fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.84/g as of Monday, March 29. The national average is up 12.9 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 87.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
Historical gasoline prices in Kansas and the national average going back ten years:
March 29, 2020: $1.78/g (U.S. Average: $1.97/g)
March 29, 2019: $2.48/g (U.S. Average: $2.70/g)
March 29, 2018: $2.46/g (U.S. Average: $2.65/g)
March 29, 2017: $2.14/g (U.S. Average: $2.31/g)
March 29, 2016: $1.90/g (U.S. Average: $2.04/g)
March 29, 2015: $2.27/g (U.S. Average: $2.43/g)
March 29, 2014: $3.44/g (U.S. Average: $3.54/g)
March 29, 2013: $3.50/g (U.S. Average: $3.64/g)
March 29, 2012: $3.74/g (U.S. Average: $3.92/g)
March 29, 2011: $3.46/g (U.S. Average: $3.59/g)
“After the feverish rise in gas prices to start the year, increases have largely tapered off and we’re now seeing decreasing prices in most areas of the country, thanks to oil prices that have moderated for the time being,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “As the Suez Canal has remained blocked for nearly a week, we could see some volatility in the price of oil this week as the market digests any updates as hundreds of ships remain in limbo.”
De Haan said in the U.S., refiners have made the switch to summer gasoline and price impacts have been limited thus far, but demand for gasoline remains strong.
“Last week saw total gasoline demand at yet another pandemic high,” he said. “As we approach warmer weather and motorists are increasingly getting outside, it could drive prices higher, so long as COVID-19 cases don’t jump along with it and lead to new travel restrictions.”