Gas Prices Spike, But Kansas Has 7th Lowest Pump Prices in USA

Kansas’ average gas price jumps 26 cents in past week to $2.49; national average rises to $2.65.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Sept. 5, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey may no longer be raining down on the Gulf Coast, but the storm’s impact continues to drive up gas prices across Kansas and the country, reports AAA Kansas. The average gas price in Kansas rose to $2.49/gallon, up 26 cents from a week ago. While some markets in Kansas are well above the statewide average, Kansas ranks 7th lowest in the country in pump prices (See attached infographic.), and the state’s average per-gallon price is 16 cents less than the national average, said AAA Kansas’ spokesperson Jennifer Haugh.

This week’s Kansas cities with the state’s gas price extremes are:

HIGH: Peabody (Marion County) – $2.71

LOW: Waverly (Coffey County) - $2.21

According to AAA Kansas, of the 10 regularly tracked Kansas cities (see chart below), all experienced significant price increases in the past week, and all are registering double digit rises from a year ago. Cities in northeast Kansas currently have some of the highest prices, well above the state average, including Lawrence ($2.64) and Kansas City, Kan. ($2.62). Topeka (29 cents) experienced the largest weekly increase, while rising to $2.49. More