Here’s a static example for today:
You can get a live / current map here:
And a Canadian map:
I’m in that dark red blob of California where we are dancing with $4 gasoline… I note longingly that some folks are a good 25% lower price than here (or we are 1/3 more than there).
In a sane gasoline market, such extreme disparity would not exist, and certainly not with nice clean lines at state borders…
Looks like “Bible Belt” and “Corn Belt” are the places to go on vacation, including up into Wyoming and Montana. Forget Vegas and head on down to the Gulf Coast and Jersey Shore casinos. Avoid Chicago, and head on down to Nashville.
Interesting perspective on things… Looks like folks in Texas can cook on cheaper gasoline in their camp stoves, and get electricity at 1/3 to 1/4 the price here in California. Heck, with a situation like that, a guy might be able to afford making a living…
You can zoom in the live map and eventually it shows prices for each station. They also have a list of average prices at selected cities around the nation.
Lowest(by State and by City):
South Carolina 3.224
New Jersey 3.265
Greenville, SC 3.150
Lubbock, TX 3.163
Tulsa, OK 3.164
Spartanburg, SC 3.174
Kansas City, MO 3.198
And notice how many California cities are in the highest:
Sacramento, CA 3.813
Grand Rapids, MI 3.833
Flint, MI 3.843
Anchorage, AK 3.845
Chico, CA 3.848
San Bernardino, CA 3.881
Fresno, CA 3.890
Riverside, CA 3.891
Orange County, CA 3.891
Bakersfield, CA 3.898
San Diego, CA 3.904
Salinas, CA 3.907
San Jose, CA 3.912
Oakland, CA 3.912
Gary, IN 3.930
Los Angeles, CA 3.937
Ventura, CA 3.942
San Francisco, CA 4.043
Santa Barbara, CA 4.085
Chicago, IL 4.171
Honolulu, HI 4.276
I know, I know… Even though I’m in that $4 area near San Francisco, not a lot of sympathy from you folks in the EU or Australia or the UK. Or heck, even the folks in Hawaii.
Those prices are expected to rise as we have a new Cap’n Tax here in our State…
We also get to pay sales tax of about 10% on the gas tax that’s included in the price. Yes, taxing a tax… Oh Joy.
But just to put some context on it, here’s a 10 year chart from the same folks:
I liked it a lot more back at $2 / gallon…
IMHO, gasoline at $4 / gallon (or $3 in the “Heartland”) is a significant part of the economic ‘malaise’. Take a vacation where a drive to L.A. and back is about 800 miles? At even 40 mpg that’s 20 gallons or $80. Something that folks did just to go to L.A. for a weekend is just not going to be done at all. Why drive to L.A. to see Disneyland and be out over $240 just for the drive, overnight hotel, and ticket for one person? I can get a laptop for that much at Amazon… And if my car is a 20 mpg ‘work truck’ that blows out to $160. Just for the gas.
Believe it or not, folks used to “bomb down to L.A.” as a day trip. Not even worth thinking about now. Same thing for the “run to Reno” or Vegas. Take a drive up to the mountains for a bit of hiking in the woods? At $40 to get there and now with a variety of fees (where our parks were once ‘free’ as we already paid for them in our taxes) that’s lost a lot of interest too.
Essentially, it look like we are being priced out of economic activity. As that happens, the economy slows. Normally, one would expect a recovery as that slowdown pushed prices back to reasonable levels. As things stand now, we get prices held up by government money printing and spending, while the tax revenues drop, so they raise tax rates. Spiral decent into hell follows.
Texas is looking a whole lot more interesting these days…