By Stacker

The roller coaster ride for gas prices continues, but Richland County drivers are faring better than some in other locations.

In fact, local gas prices dipped lower this week compared to last, but drivers will still find prices remain above the levels they were a year ago.

A gallon of regular gas was $3.42 on average nationally on Monday, February 13, according to AAA.

Stacker compiled statistics on gas prices in the Mansfield metro area using data from AAA. Gas prices are current as of February 13. State gas tax data is from World Population Review.

February 24 will mark the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which wounded or killed tens of thousands, displaced more than 13 million Ukrainians and pushed up the costs of commodities like grain and oil around the globe.

Analysts at Gasbuddy have recorded an increase in demand from drivers as the winter weather gives way to warmer temperatures in the last couple of weeks. But even as refineries are being brough back online from freezing weather damage in December which impacted gas prices, more could be taken offline in the coming weeks.

“Refinery maintenance season will soon be in full force,” Gasbuddy analyst Patrick De Haan said in a statement, adding that maintenance would likely push prices upward.

Mansfield gas prices by the numbers:

– Gas current price: $3.29

— Ohio average: $3.28

— Ohio gas tax: $0.39 per gallon (#7 highest among all states)

– Week change: -$0.08 (-2.4%)

– Year change: +$0.02 (+0.6%)

– Historical expensive gas price: $5.08 (6/14/22)

– Diesel current price: $4.44

– Week change: -$0.06 (-1.4%)

– Year change: +$0.50 (+12.6%)

– Historical expensive diesel price: $6.16 (6/21/22)

Metro areas with the most expensive gas

#1. Lihue (Kauai), HI: $5.36

#2. San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA: $4.94

#3. Wailuku, HI: $4.94

Metro areas with the least expensive gas

#1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX: $2.84

#2. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX: $2.86

#3. Corpus Christi, TX: $2.86

States with the highest gas tax per gallon

#1. Pennsylvania: $0.59

#2. California: $0.53

#3. Washington: $0.52

States with the lowest gas tax per gallon

#1. Alaska: $0.0895

#2. Hawaii: $0.16

#3. Virginia: $0.162

Re-published pursuant to a CC BY-NC 4.0 License; Image by IADE-Michoko from Pixabay

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