News Number of the Day Gas Tops $4 a Gallon in Every State of the Union Number of the Day: The most relevant or interesting figure in personal finance By Terry Lane Terry Lane Terry has 25 years experience in journalism and communications, reporting on a range of topics that include personal finance, telecommunications, Congress, government regulations, and criminal justice. He has also worked on technology, energy, and environmental policy issues as a congressional press secretary and owned and published a local community newspaper in North Carolina. learn about our editorial policies Published on May 17, 2022 That’s how many states are now averaging at least $4 a gallon at the gas pump, a milestone that shows just how much U.S. drivers are shelling out, regardless of where they live. While the price of gas is as much as $2 different depending on what state you live in, the latest spike in prices means even the most affordable states have now crossed into $4 territory. Georgia ($4.06), Kansas ($4.01), and Oklahoma ($4.01) were the last to join the club on Tuesday, according to data from AAA. (Tax rates, proximity to pipelines, and state regulations all impact price, and in some places gas is over $5, or in California, over $6.) Nationally, the average price for regular unleaded reached $4.52 on Tuesday, the eighth straight day it set a new high, according to AAA. Prices have surged since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year prompted numerous countries to ban imports of Russian oil as a punishment. The price of crude oil, which accounts for more than half of gasoline’s cost, has moderated since rising as much as 35% at the start of the war, but it has barely helped gas prices. Not only is there a lag between oil and gas price drops, but a decline in refinery capacity has made it more difficult to meet the demand. And even the typical dip in demand between spring break and Memorial Day isn’t helping to lower prices like it usually would, according to Andrew Gross, a AAA spokesperson. Have a question, comment, or story to share? You can reach Terry at email@example.com. Want to read more content like this? Sign up for The Balance’s newsletter for daily insights, analysis, and financial tips, all delivered straight to your inbox every morning! Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. AAA. “State Gas Price Averages.” AAA. Expensive Milestone: Nearly Every State Above $4 per Gallon.” AAA. "State Gas Price Averages." AAA. "Gas Prices."