Mississippi has the nation’s lowest gas prices for Memorial Day weekend

Mississippi has the lowest gas prices in the nation, according to AAA - UnSplash +

Gas prices are falling but are slightly above last year’s level

Memorial Day weekend could see record numbers of motorists on American highways and drivers in Mississippi will enjoy the lowest gasoline prices in the nation.

AAA reports the statewide average price of regular gas in Mississippi is $3.05 a gallon. That’s slightly higher than last year’s statewide average of $2.97 a gallon.

Several Mississippi counties have gas prices below $3 a gallon. The average price of regular in Yazoo County is $2.92 a gallon and $2.95 in Jones and Alcorn counties. 

Today’s gas prices have slowly declined over the last month and Patrick DeHaan, head of Petroleum Analysis at GasBuddy, says we have falling demand to thank for that.

“Week-to-date U.S. gasoline demand is down 8.3% from the same period a year ago, DeHaan said in a post on X. “Americans told us they're hitting the road, but actions speak louder than words.”

DeHaan also said motorists should not expect a lot of relief from President Biden’s plan to sell millions of gallons of gas from reserves, noting that 43 million gallons of gas represents less than three hours of U.S. gasoline demand. But at least, the trend points to lower prices.

Prices could continue to fall

“Barring some unforeseen event, this pokey drop in pump prices is not likely to change anytime soon,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “There are seven states with county gas averages at less than $3 a gallon. This trend will likely accelerate as more gas outlets east of the Rockies drop their prices.”

After Mississippi, Oklahoma has the cheapest gas with the average cost of regular gas at $3.11 a gallon. Regular averages $3.13 in Kansas.

The most expensive fuel is found in California, where the statewide average price of regular is $5.17 a gallon. 

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