FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut now is in 14th place in terms of the highest gas prices in the nation.
AAA’s Sept. 14 survey of prices in Connecticut found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.51 a gallon, down a nickel compared to last week, 23 cents from last month and $1.20 compared to last year.
Historically, Connecticut has ranked among the top 10 highest-paying states, but in recent weeks moved out of that category. AAA’s weekly survey of prices in the Nutmeg State’s four regional areas as follows showed prices in the greater Bridgeport/Stamford area at $2.61
On the national level, the average price was $2.33, seven cents lower than last week, 32 cents lower than last month and $1.07 lower than this time last year, according to the survey.
Prices have fallen throughout the summer because of dropping crude oil prices, the survey said. Crude oil is about $44 a barrel. Along with plunging crude, there are several factors affecting prices, such as weakened global demand, specifically in Europe and China and a glut in the marketplace because the United States has doubled its domestic production the last few years, the survey said.
Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, just three states – Alaska, California, and Nevada -- had average gas prices of more than $3 a gallon while three other states – South Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama -- had average prices less than $2, the survey said.
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