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Gas prices in Roanoke up 47.9 cents in a month; diesel prices average over $5 per gallon nationwide

Prices at the pump persuade some to change their driving habits.
Prices at the pump persuade some to change their driving habits.(wsaw)
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 5:34 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Average gasoline prices in Roanoke have risen 12.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.33 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 155 stations in Roanoke. Prices in Roanoke are 47.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.45 per gallon higher than a year ago. The price of diesel has risen 22.6 cents nationally in the past week and stands at $5.518 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Roanoke was priced at $3.99 per gallon yesterday while the most expensive was $4.69 per gallon, a difference of 70 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.99 per gallon while the highest was $5.69 per gallon, a difference of $1.70 per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has risen 11 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.57 per gallon today. The national average is up 45.4 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.55 per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Historical gasoline prices in Roanoke and the national average going back ten years:

May 23, 2021: $2.88 per gallon (U.S. Average: $3.02 per gallon)

May 23, 2020: $1.62 per gallon (U.S. Average: $1.96 per gallon)

May 23, 2019: $2.51 per gallon (U.S. Average: $2.85 per gallon)

May 23, 2018: $2.63 per gallon (U.S. Average: $2.97 per gallon)

May 23, 2017: $2.10 per gallon (U.S. Average: $2.36 per gallon)

May 23, 2016: $2.10 per gallon (U.S. Average: $2.28 per gallon)

May 23, 2015: $2.43 per gallon (U.S. Average: $2.74 per gallon)

May 23, 2014: $3.37 per gallon (U.S. Average: $3.66 per gallon)

May 23, 2013: $3.26 per gallon (U.S. Average: $3.66 per gallon)

May 23, 2012: $3.35 per gallon (U.S. Average: $3.68 per gallon)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

Greensboro- $4.35 per gallon, up 12.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.22 per gallon.

Winston-Salem- $4.34 per gallon, up 11.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.23 per gallon.

Virginia- $4.46 per gallon, up 15.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.31 per gallon.

“Gasoline prices surged over the last week to new record highs, but have finally started to slow their rise with diesel also finally cooling off,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “With more Americans planning to hit the road for Memorial Day this year compared to last, prices will be over $1.50 per gallon higher than last year. Though, prices are appearing to slow down, for now. While the coast isn’t clear yet, and prices will be at their highest Memorial Day level ever, I’m hopeful that we could avoid a dreaded national average of $5 per gallon this year. Whether or not we’re able to depends on Americans cutting demand in the face of sky high prices.”

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