Gas prices, as any driver could tell you, have been slightly rising throughout the year. And while they remain relatively low by historical standards, they’re still higher than they were the last couple of years.
It’s also the case that the price of gas is higher in some states than others. There are a few factors in place that determine that, from proximity to refineries to supply disruptions. But one major factor in the difference in prices is gas taxes, which differ from state to state.
Kiplinger recently looked at the ten states in the U.S. with the highest gas taxes. In some cases, drivers looking for cheaper gas can even cross state lines to do so.
The highest gas taxes are in California, where the state fuel tax is 66.98 a cent per gallon. California, ironically, announced earlier this year that it will phase out sales of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.
Second is Illinois, which has a tax of 59.56¢ per gallon of gasoline. Third is Pennsylvania, with a tax of 58.7¢ per gallon of gasoline. Fourth is New Jersey, with a gas tax of 50.7¢ per gallon of gasoline, while fifth is Nevada, which charges a gas tax of 50.48¢ per gallon of gasoline.
The sixth-highest gas tax in the U.S. is levied by Hawaii, which charges a gas tax of 50.17¢ per gallon, while the seventh-highest is Indiana, which charges drivers 49.79¢ per gallon of gasoline. The eighth-highest gas tax in the U.S. is that of Washington State, which charges 49.4¢ per gallon of gasoline. Ninth is New York, which charges 46.19¢ per gallon of gasoline, while tenth is Michigan, which charges 45.12 per gallon for gas.
Which states have the lowest gas taxes? Kiplinger also looked at that question in late July.
Alaska has the lowest gas tax in the country, at 13.79¢ per gallon of gasoline. Second is Missouri, at a level of 17.42¢ per gallon of gasoline. Third is Mississippi, with 18.79¢ per gallon of gasoline, while the fourth-lowest is New Mexico, at a tax level of 18.88¢ per gallon of gasoline. The fifth-lowest state gas tax is that of Arizona, with a gas tax of 19¢ per gallon of gasoline.
Rounding out the top ten of the states with the lowest sales taxes are Texas and Oklahoma (tied for 6th at 20¢ per gallon of gasoline each.) Louisiana has the eighth-lowest gas tax with a tax of 20.01¢ per gallon of gasoline, while Colorado is ninth with a tax of 22¢ per gallon of gasoline. Tied for tenth are North Dakota and Delaware with 23¢ per gallon of gasoline.
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.