National Average Gas Price Increases by Two Cents

National Average Gas Price Increases by Two Cents

Gas demand reached an all-time high this summer
Elizabeth Carey
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Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.17, up two cents in the past week. One year ago, the price was $2.20. The New York State average is $3.20 – up one cent from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.27. AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:

  • Batavia - $3.17 (up one cent since last week)
  • Buffalo - $3.12 (no change since last week)
  • Ithaca - $3.17 (down one cent since last week)
  • Rochester - $3.16 (no change since last week)
  • Rome - $3.25 (no change cent since last week)
  • Syracuse - $3.16 (no change cents since last week)
  • Watertown - $3.22 (up one cent since last week)

The national average price for gasoline is on the rise after demand reached an all-time high. Summer travel is in full swing as many people look to vacation after the pandemic put plans on hold for some time. A recent report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that gas demand decreased from the all-time high of 10.04 million b/d to 9.28 million b/d. The decrease, alongside a one million bbl increase in total domestic gasoline stocks to 236.5 million, has helped to slow pump price increases. However, with oil prices above $70 per barrel, pump prices will likely remain high (above $3 per gallon) throughout the busy summer driving season.

Motorists can benefit from comparing pump prices before filling up with the AAA Mobile App for iPhone, iPad, and Android - a convenient option to find the lowest gas prices in a given area. Plus, the app is the quickest way to request roadside assistance, map a route, find discounts, or book a hotel. 

AAA members receive discounts at gas stations such as Fastrac, Maple Leaf Market and Shell locations across the country. Learn more here. AAA members can save on gas by joining the Fuel Rewards at Shell program. Save 30 cents per gallon on your first fill-up at Shell when you join between July 1 and August 31, 2021. Join now at

Motorists can also locate gas prices across the country and stay up-to-date on the latest news and fuel-saving tips at:

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