March Madness: Gas Prices on the Rise for Half of the Country


Following three weeks of pump price declines, half of the country is seeing gas prices climb. The statewide average is up almost a penny to $2.39 per gallon. At $2.53, the national gas prices average is nearly one cent less than last week.

“Typically, March brings more expensive pricing as days get longer, weather gets warmer and refinery’s gear up to switchover to pricier summer blends,” said Michelle Donati, spokesperson for AAA Arizona. “In addition to seasonal factors, this year we’ve seen fluctuating crude oil prices, strong gasoline demand and new U.S. oil production records creating a volatile gas price market for consumers.”

Texas and California hold the lowest and highest average price for the lower 48 states at $2.264 and $3.348 per gallon. 

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

City Today’s price Change from last week Last year’s price
Tucson $2.301 +1.5 $2.150
East Valley $2.342 +0.5 $2.141
Phoenix $2.349 +0.9 $2.174
Peoria $2.356 +2.4 $2.172
Glendale $2.357 +1.8 $2.172
Yuma $2.386 +2.8 $2.248
Sierra Vista-Douglas $2.406 -0.1 $2.322
Scottsdale $2.475 -0.5 $2.259
Prescott $2.523 +0.9 $2.331
Flagstaff $2.540 -2.2 $2.444
Lake Havasu-Kingman $2.548 +1.4 $2.395
Statewide $2.394 +0.9 $2.228
National $2.532 -0.8 $2.304 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