The fifth-cheapest gas in the state of Texas can be found in Texarkana.
According to new data from AAA Texas, the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel was $2.19, tied with Amarillo, Houston, Longview, and San Antonio for the fifth-cheapest in the state.
The cheapest gas is in Tyler with prices averaging $2.14 per gallon. In Odessa, gas prices are the most expensive in the state on average at $2.45 per gallon.
Texarkana’s $2.19 prices are down two cents from last week. However, compared to the same time last year, the price is 22 cents higher.
Compared to the rest of the state, Texarkana’s $2.19 beats the statewide average of $2.23, and drivers across the country are paying an average of $2.55 at the pump.
A spike in demand could be on the horizon as an anticipated record-breaking travel volume is set to hit the roads. However, the impact on the prices won’t be enough to affect retail prices as gasoline supplies are still healthy.
“More Texans than ever — 9.3 million — will travel this holiday season, from Saturday, December 21 through Wednesday, January 1, with the vast majority — 8.6 million — traveling by automobile,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas spokesperson. “Demand for retail gasoline is following normal December trends by decreasing as the weather turns colder, creating cheaper gas prices just in time for the holidays.”
Since November, regional gas stocks have been building consistently, which is a trend that should continue into January and provide even cheaper prices to drivers in the region.