Don’t like the notion of $5-a-gallon gas? Then don’t move to Alaska. The 49th state is one of the most expensive in the country when it comes to gas prices, the Detroit Free Press reports, as some areas are well above the $6-a-gallon mark. Using info from a gas-price-tracking site, Detroit Free Press finds Alaska is the second-most-expensive state for gas, right after Hawaii and just before California.
Despite being one of the country’s largest oil-producing states, Alaska has four gas stations charging more than $6 a gallon. All of them are in Bethel, Ala., a town located near Alaska’s west coast. According to Detroit Free Press, the state’s most expensive gas stations are charging between $6.13 and $6.33 a gallon. After that, however, the next most expensive station in Cordova charges $4.79 a gallon.
Alaska is also the fourth least populous state in the U.S., with the lowest population density of any state. And if you’ve ever watched one of the many Alaska-themed reality shows on cable TV, you know that getting supplies to the region’s more remote areas isn’t easy. According to the government’s official website for fuel prices, the national average was $3.87 a gallon as of March 19, up roughly four cents from a week prior, and $0.305 from last year. Though we’ll continue to complain about gas prices around here, we’re happy our offices aren’t in Alaska.
Source: Detroit Free Press