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Published: Jun 21, 2023 4 min read
Gas prices over $5.00 a gallon are displayed at a gas station on April 12, 2023 in San Rafael, California
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Gas is probably the most volatile good you buy on a regular basis. We saw this demonstrated in 2022, when the national average for a gallon of regular gas rose nearly 50 cents in a single week, eventually topping $5 last June — before retreating to about $3.20 by the end of the year.

Gas prices can sometimes be surprising too. In fact, for the first time in recent memory California is not the most expensive place to fill up your tank right now.

The Golden State has long been known for having the country's most expensive gas prices, thanks to high gas taxes and special fuel requirements, among other reasons. In June 2022, a gallon of gas in California ran you an average of $6.38. But the state is no longer the holder of this unwanted superlative. New figures show that drivers in the state of Washington are paying the most at the pump.