Gas prices spike in C-U
CHAMPAIGN — Gasoline prices, which had been declining for the past month in Champaign-Urbana, spiked up this week.
The average price in the Champaign market jumped from $3.10 a gallon on Sunday to $3.39 a gallon Tuesday morning, according to GasBuddy.com, which monitors gas prices across the country.
But people living nearby had more moderate prices in their neighborhoods. Some stations in Danville were selling gas for $3.15 a gallon, and GasBuddy.com said prices in the Monticello, Tuscola and Gilman areas were in the $3.13 to $3.25 range Tuesday morning.
Real bargains were available in the Decatur area, where most stations were selling gas for $3.07 to $3.09 a gallon, and in Terre Haute, Ind., where gas was advertised at $2.98 a gallon at several stations.
In Champaign-Urbana, gas prices had been steadily falling since Sept. 7, when the average price was about $3.70 a gallon.
The last time Champaign-Urbana prices were as low as they were Sunday was Dec. 23, 2012, when the average dipped to just over $3 a gallon.
Champaign-Urbana gas prices hit a high of $4.19 a gallon in mid-June of this year before dropping 72 cents over the following four weeks.
Local gas prices tended to be above the national average for the first six months of this year — and below the national average for the last three months.
The south central and southeastern U.S. tends to have the lowest gas prices, with Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina and Viriginia having many places with gas below $3.13 a gallon.
On the other extreme were California and Idaho, with many areas having prices of $3.70 or higher.