Jumping January: Drivers See Rare Jump at the Pump


Across the state and country, gas prices are more expensive on the week. The statewide average is up over 2 cents to $2.369 per gallon. Nationwide, prices increased over 3 cents to $2.571.

“Drivers are experiencing an unusual jump in January gas prices as a result of a drawdown in crude inventories, which sent the commodity to a 3-year high," said Michelle Donati, spokesperson for AAA Arizona. “This could translate to even higher pump prices depending on consumer demand trends in the first few months of the year."

South Carolina and California hold the lowest and highest average price for the lower 48 states at $2.325 and $3.218 per gallon.

Arizona metro prices are listed from lowest to highest in the chart below.

City Today’s price Change from last week Change from last month Last year’s price
Tucson $2.247 +4.6 +8.4 $2.142
Glendale $2.323 +4.0 +5.3 $2.125
East Valley $2.326 +2.3 +7.0 $2.107
Phoenix $2.331 +2.6 +7.4 $2.115
Peoria $2.340 -0.4 +4.2 $2.124
Yuma $2.381 +5.9 +11.1 $2.183
Scottsdale $2.433 +1.4 +2.7 $2.219
Sierra Vista-Douglas $2.446 +3.6 +9.7 $2.295
Prescott $2.480 -0.3 +0.8 $2.276
Lake Havasu-Kingman $2.522 +2.0 +2.0 $2.314
Flagstaff $2.561 +1.5 +3.8 $2.421
Statewide $2.369 +2.2 +6.0 $2.183
National $2.571 +3.4 +12.7 $2.288

GasPrices.AAA.com provides comprehensive gas price data and insight to motorists and journalists. The Top Trends page allows visitors to sort data in various ways, including the ability to query gas prices at the state metro level. Each state touts county gas price averages via a state heat map. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.