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Pain at the Pump

Which Cities Hurt the Most

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Ordered from most to least expensive.

Ranking Urban Area Avg. $ spent on gas per year - 2 driver household Gallons used per driver daily Miles driven per driver daily Gas cost as pct of family income
1 Atlanta GA $5,772 3.3 gal. 65.2 mi. 11.8 %
2 Birmingham AL $5,464 3.2 64.7 13.3 %
3 Orlando FL $5,404 3.0 60.4 13.0 %
4 Jacksonville FL $5,360 3.0 61.3 12.7 %
5 Pensacola FL-AL $5,173 2.9 60.6 13.2 %
6 Raleigh-Durham NC $5,066 2.9 58.3 9.9 %
7 Nashville-Davidson TN $5,033 2.9 58.5 10.8 %
9 Cape Coral FL $4,890 2.6 54.7 11.1 %
8 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA $4,890 2.3 43.4 10.7 %
10 San Diego CA $4,739 2.2 43.4 9.6 %
11 Albany-Schenectady NY $4,718 2.5 51.8 9.9 %
12 San Francisco-Oakland CA $4,665 2.2 43.0 7.6 %
13 Indianapolis IN $4,659 2.7 54.2 9.6 %
14 San Jose CA $4,613 2.2 43.3 6.7 %
15 Tampa-St. Petersburg FL $4,597 2.6 52.0 11.0 %
16 Richmond VA $4,549 2.5 52.0 9.2 %
17 St. Louis MO-IL $4,529 2.7 55.1 10.0 %
18 Charlotte NC-SC $4,527 2.5 50.6 8.7 %
19 Oxnard-Ventura CA $4,519 2.1 43.1 8.1 %
20 Riverside-San Bernardino CA $4,387 2.0 39.8 10.2 %
21 Louisville KY-IN $4,340 2.5 50.3 10.6 %
22 Little Rock AR $4,329 2.5 52.4 10.5 %
23 Phoenix AZ $4,302 2.2 43.9 9.1 %
24 Washington DC-VA-MD $4,260 2.3 44.0 7.1 %
25 Hartford CT $4,256 2.3 46.7 7.7 %
26 Seattle WA $4,246 2.2 42.8 8.1 %
27 Houston TX $4,238 2.3 46.0 9.4 %
28 New Haven CT $4,224 2.2 46.0 8.0 %
29 Detroit MI $4,218 2.4 47.7 8.5 %
30 Bridgeport-Stamford CT-NY $4,182 2.2 43.5 6.1 %
31 Beaumont TX $4,167 2.4 49.5 10.1 %
32 Boston MA-NH-RI $4,117 2.3 45.0 7.3 %
33 Kansas City MO-KS $4,111 2.5 51.9 9.3 %
34 Memphis TN-MS-AR $4,064 2.3 47.7 10.2 %
35 Salt Lake City UT $4,012 2.2 45.5 10.2 %
36 Tucson AZ $4,010 2.2 43.6 10.2 %
37 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX $4,003 2.2 43.4 8.5 %
38 Austin TX $3,955 2.3 45.2 7.9 %
39 Minneapolis-St. Paul MN $3,912 2.3 46.5 6.7 %
40 Rochester NY $3,896 2.1 43.0 8.5 %
41 Columbus OH $3,884 2.2 45.6 7.9 %
42 Baltimore MD $3,870 2.1 41.0 6.9 %
43 Virginia Beach VA $3,859 2.1 43.0 7.1 %
44 Toledo OH-MI $3,857 2.2 46.4 9.1 %
45 Albuquerque NM $3,853 2.2 43.8 8.6 %
46 Fresno CA $3,848 1.9 38.5 9.1 %
47 Milwaukee WI $3,847 2.1 43.0 7.9 %
48 Grand Rapids MI $3,841 2.2 44.8 9.1 %
49 Tulsa OK $3,829 2.3 47.6 9.8 %
50 Buffalo NY $3,791 2.0 41.5 8.2 %
51 Dayton OH $3,733 2.2 45.7 8.2 %
52 Cincinnati OH-KY-IN $3,708 2.2 43.6 8.0 %
53 Sacramento CA $3,706 1.8 35.9 7.4 %
54 San Antonio TX $3,655 2.1 43.3 9.7 %
55 Oklahoma City OK $3,631 2.2 45.4 9.1 %
56 Corpus Christi TX $3,628 2.2 45.3 9.8 %
57 Columbia SC $3,609 2.1 44.2 7.7 %
58 Sarasota-Bradenton FL $3,607 2.0 40.4 8.5 %
59 Miami FL $3,604 2.0 38.4 9.9 %
60 Portland OR-WA $3,600 1.9 38.2 8.0 %
61 Las Vegas NV $3,589 1.8 37.0 8.9 %
62 Chicago IL-IN $3,572 1.9 37.9 6.9 %
63 Providence RI-MA $3,568 2.0 39.6 7.5 %
64 New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT $3,541 1.8 35.2 6.9 %
65 Akron OH $3,468 2.0 41.7 7.9 %
66 Springfield MA-CT $3,449 1.9 39.8 7.5 %
67 Pittsburgh PA $3,434 1.9 38.8 8.0 %
68 Colorado Springs CO $3,366 1.9 39.4 6.9 %
69 Allentown-Bethlehem PA-NJ $3,358 1.9 38.5 7.8 %
70 Denver-Aurora CO $3,332 1.9 37.8 6.5 %
71 Bakersfield CA $3,309 1.5 32.1 9.4 %
72 Philadelphia PA-NJ-DE-MD $3,306 1.8 35.0 6.2 %
73 Cleveland OH $3,301 1.9 39.1 7.6 %
74 Honolulu HI $3,291 1.6 32.5 6.5 %
75 Omaha NE-IA $3,259 1.9 37.9 6.7 %
76 Charleston-North Charleston SC $3,215 1.9 38.0 7.2 %
77 Spokane WA $3,125 1.7 35.3 8.2 %
78 Salem OR $2,972 1.6 32.8 7.4 %
79 Eugene OR $2,965 1.5 31.8 7.6 %
80 Boulder CO $2,839 1.6 33.9 5.2 %
81 Anchorage AK $2,760 1.5 32.2 5.1 %
82 El Paso TX-NM $2,736 1.6 32.2 10.7 %
  • Based on a two-commuter household, gas prices of regular-grade A40 on 05/09/06
  • EPA average mileage of 20.9 mpg
  • Commute of 5 days per week, plus weekend driving equaling one day of normal commute
  • Median income for four-person family with two wage earners (after taxes)