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Why gas costs so much in Utah, rest of US

Posted at 11:09 AM, Jun 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-08 19:27:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Reaching a milestone is often considered a great achievement, unless it's one drivers hit at the pump.

For the first time since the current fuel crisis, most gas stations in the Salt Lake City area have reached the $5 a gallon mark. Only a few places list prices lower than $4.99 9/10, but they are very few and far between.

The American Automobile Association lists Utah's average cost per gallon of gas on Wednesday as $4.988, so perhaps the rest of the state needs to "catch up." The national average, according to AAA, is $4.955.

Video below shows how parts of Utah have pretty much reached a bad mark

Gas now effectively at $5 a gallon across Salt Lake City

CNN reports 17 states are currently averaging $5 or more for a gallon of gas. The report states the worst remains down the road as drivers hit the road for summer vacation plans.

And before any questions are asked, yes, the current price is the highest it's ever been in Utah. One year ago, the average for a gallon of regular gas cost drivers just $3.372, and many thought that was high.

Chart below shows gas prices in the Salt Lake City area on June 8, 2022 (GasBuddy)