US Gas Prices vs South African Prices

I had to go into town today and as luck had it, I had to also get gas or petrol as it is called over here, in the car. We just had an increase this week, therefore now we are paying R11.68 per liter, which works out to be $5.86 per gallon, based on the rate of exchange today @ 3:00 PM SA time.

In order for the gas stations to provide employment to as many people in the country as possible, all stations over here are full service. You are not allowed to pump your own at all. They check your water, battery, tires and even clean the windshields front and back. I still remember those days in the US, but now they are a thing of the past in the US. Actually, today I received a big surprise, when the attendant asked me to switch on my car so he could check the transmission fluid. That is a first in the 10 years I have been here.

I know to most people the prices are very high in the USA, but after living over here and doing the comparisions, well I am going to rather enjoy being able to pay less when I get back to the states. Gas over here is controlled by the government, therefore all gas stations have to charge the same price. That is not true for the US, each station can charge whatever they feel is necessary, that my friends is called Free Enterprise, which South Africa knows nothing about. I did an average look on the Internet and found that the highest places in the US for gas is: Illinois @ $4.032, Alaska @ $4.062, California @ $4.344 and Hawaii @ $4.375, so we are even paying more than the highest charging states in the US.

The average in all the other states seems to be just over $3.00. Here is a table of information I found in my research and thought you might have an interest.

The source of the information gasbuddy.com/GB_Price_List.aspx

USA State Averages
State Price Change
Wyoming 3.292 +0.048
Colorado 3.359 +0.012
Montana 3.458 +0.048
Utah 3.526 -0.006
North Dakota 3.539 -0.080
South Carolina 3.542 +0.002
New Mexico 3.549 -0.039
Arkansas 3.549 -0.020
Tennessee 3.578 -0.008
Louisiana 3.580 -0.024
Mississippi 3.581 +0.002
Alabama 3.581 -0.003
New Jersey 3.588 -0.008
Oklahoma 3.592 +0.008
Kansas 3.624 0.000
Idaho 3.627 +0.053
Minnesota 3.644 +0.002
Texas 3.649 +0.021
Virginia 3.653 -0.014
Delaware 3.676 +0.020
Georgia 3.682 -0.003
Missouri 3.683 +0.046
New Hampshire 3.685 -0.013
Iowa 3.687 -0.018
Kentucky 3.716 +0.025
Massachusetts 3.728 -0.005
North Carolina 3.735 -0.011
Pennsylvania 3.747 -0.011
South Dakota 3.755 +0.146
Maryland 3.760 +0.014
Nebraska 3.764 -0.020
Florida 3.767 -0.013
Rhode Island 3.782 -0.016
Vermont 3.812 +0.018
Maine 3.812 -0.017
Ohio 3.821 +0.012
Wisconsin 3.822 +0.037
Nevada 3.839 -0.013
West Virginia 3.846 +0.002
Arizona 3.847 +0.007
Indiana 3.912 +0.012
Oregon 3.958 -0.009
Michigan 3.960 +0.021
New York 3.970 -0.002
Washington 3.970 +0.014
Connecticut 3.973 -0.001
Washington DC 3.993 +0.070
Illinois 4.032 +0.029
Alaska 4.062 -0.168
California 4.344 -0.002
Hawaii 4.375 -0.015
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