Gas costs in Tampa Bay drop slightly at the pump, but oil prices rise


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Gas prices in Tampa Bay are lower than the rest of the country as the rush for post-Christmas travel stabilizes before the New Years and demand eases slightly.

As the price of Brent crude oil and other fuels has increased, according to CNBC’s energy commodities tracker, prices at the pump have hovered to the lower end of recent prices.

Average Florida gas prices are below the national level of a good $ 0.06 statewide, with a few exceptions, according to the AAA’s daily gas price monitoring.

Tampa Bay, compared to areas like Miami, sits on the lower end of the gas price scale. Tampa Bay counties range from $ 3.18 to $ 3.25.

The lowest gas prices in Tampa Bay are found in Highlands and Hillsborough counties, where gas costs an average of $ 3.18 per gallon.

On the other hand, Sarasota and Citrus counties are on the higher side, with Sarasota County priced at $ 3.25 per gallon and Citrus County at $ 3.23.

Pinellas County isn’t far behind, measured at $ 3.22. Want to see how high the gas is in your county? Check out the Tampa Bay prices below.

Site Price per gallon
Hillsborough County $ 3.18
Highland County $ 3.18
Hernando County $ 3.19
Polk County $ 3.19
Manatee County $ 3.21
Pasco County $ 3.22
Pinellas County $ 3.22
Hardee County $ 3.22
Citrus County $ 3.23
Sarasota County $ 3.25
Florida State $ 3.22
United States $ 3.28
(Source: AAA gas prices)

A spokesperson for AAA said prices at the pump are drift lower in the midst of some uncertainty, corn recent data from the US Energy Information Administration has shown that the stock of domestic gasoline increases as the demand for gasoline decreases.

“We should know more in the coming days about the extent of the damage to the refinery,” said Andrew Gross, spokesperson for the AAA. “If it can be back up and running in a few weeks, the effect might be minimal. But if repairs take months, consumers could start seeing higher prices at the pump again. “

Overall, drivers and visitors to Florida fare better than other parts of the country when it comes to refueling their cars. The US average is $ 3.28 per gallon, and Miami-Dade County is $ 3.42 per gallon, according to the AAA Gas Tracker.


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