FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Like autumn leaves, gas prices in Connecticut continue to fall and are expected to continue to do so over the next month, but prices are still higher than they were at this time last year.
As of Monday, Connecticut ranks seventh in the United States for move expensive average gas prices, and the highest in New England, according to AAA. The state is following a national trend of declining gas prices, with an average price of $2.72 per gallon, about 3 cents lower than this time last week. This is well over the national average of $2.49 per gallon, which is about 2 cents lower than last week.
In both cases, average prices are more expensive than they were at this time last year, AAA reported. In Connecticut, gas prices are 40 cents higher than they were a year ago, while nationally prices are 23 cents higher.
Most states east of Mississippi are paying as much as 8 cents less this week for gas than they were a week ago.
As expected, gas prices decline as driver demand levels off approaching the winter months. Refineries and pipeline have returned to pre-hurricane operations, which are pushing inventories higher.
The Fairfield County region has the highest gas prices in the state, with an average of $2.81 per gallon. New Haven/Meriden has an average cost of $2.70 per gallon, the Greater Hartford area has an average cost of $2.71 per gallon, and the New London/Norwich area has an average price of $2.67 per gallon, according to AAA.
Missouri and Arkansas are the two states with the lowest average prices, at $2.20 and $2.21 per gallon. Hawaii and California are the states with the highest prices, as $3.11 and $3.04, respectively.
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