West Texas is where a majority of the nation's oil comes from, but in the state, we are spending the most on gas.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, AAA Texas has reported that the top five highest gas prices in the state are all in West Texas.

Here is how it looks:

  1. El Paso -  $2.90
  2. Midland - $2.87
  3. Odessa - $2.82
  4. San Angelo - $2.70
  5. Abilene - $2.69

AAA Texas reports the state average is right at $2.59 with Amarillo being the only West Texas metro area that is averaging below the state average at $2.51.

The reason the gas is higher in West Texas is because of the transportation cost of getting the gas from the Gulf Coast refineries and the distance from pipelines.

Gas across the state rose an average of 2 cents from last week and Midland saw a decrease of 1 cent while Odessa saw a decrease of 2 cents from last week to this week.

Gas demand is up since the state started lifting COVID-19 restrictions last summer which is the major reason for the higher gas prices.

“According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration, U.S. gasoline demand numbers rose to just greater than 9.1 million barrels per day, which is the highest level since August 2020. Market factors are pointing toward higher prices as we head toward summer,” stated AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster in a press release.

If you want to know where the gas prices are cheapest, that would be in San Antonio where the average price is $2.43.

Gas is up $1.08 since this time last year in Midland and it is up $1.17 in Odessa while the state average is up $1.05.

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