South Sound gas prices lowest since February 2011

Staff writerNovember 22, 2013 

People wait in line to gas up their vehicles at the Costco in Tacoma Friday, May 25, 2012. Washington state now has the fourth highest gas prices in the nation with regular fuel at an average a $4.24 a gallon, behind Hawaii, Alaska and California, according to AAA. Some analysts are predicting a hike up to 35 cents a gallon along the West Coast for this holiday weekend while prices in the rest of the nation are expected to drop. Visit for up-to-date information on where to find the lowest gas prices in Tacoma. (Heather Perry/Staff photographer)

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You'll remember this time fondly when gas prices jump over the $4-a-gallon mark next spring.

Gas prices in the South Sound Friday, $3.23 a gallon on average,  were 77 cents a gallon below that $4 level according to

The $3.23 average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in the Tacoma area was a penny below the national average Friday. That's a rare occurrence because of the relatively high gas taxes in Washington and the region's location far from the nation's network of pipelines in the plains and Midwest.

Washington's statewide average, $3.28 a gallon, ranks the state 21st highest in the nation, a far lower rank than it usually occupies. Pierce County's average price, $3.23 a gallon, would rank the county 26th in the nation if it were a state.

The country's lowest price fuel can be found in Oklahoma where the average price is $2.95 a gallon.  The highest price is Hawaii's, $3.96 a gallon.

Gas prices in this area in the last month haven't been so low since February 2011.  Friday's average here, however, is up three cents or so from the year's low late last week.

Those present averages have fallen by nearly 18 cents a gallon in the last month.  They're also about 14 cents less per gallon than they were at this time last year.

Energy experts point to the lack of a current crisis in the Mideast, expanding oil production in the United States and the traditional decline in driving as winter nears for the price drops.

In Pierce County, three stations were selling gas for less than $3 a gallon Friday.  The lowest price was at a Graham Safeway where fuel was selling for $2.97 a gallon.

In the Olympia area, the lowest prices were somewhat higher.  Three stations, Safeway on Cooper Point Road and Arco stations at 7291 and 10222 Martin Way E., were tied as the price leader in Thurston County with gas on sale for $3.09 a gallon.

In Federal Way, the price leader was Safeway at 1207 S. 320th Street where fuel was selling for $3.01 a gallon.




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