AAA Texas: Lone Star State has lowest gas price average in the country

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**FILE**A gasoline station attendant pumps gas in this July 13, 2006 file photo in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

TEXAS (Nexstar)- The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.71 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

That price is two cents less than on this day last week and is $1.06 more per gallon compared to this day last year. 

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.98 while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.59 per gallon. 

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.04, which is the same when compared to this day last week and $1.06 more than the price per gallon at this same time last year; drivers in Texas are paying the lowest prices at the pump.

Most industry analysts say they expect gasoline demand to remain strong as more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this week, OPEC+ agreed to slowly increase production in the coming months.

“A revival of summer travel is projected to help keep gasoline demand strong,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “While Texas has the lowest gas price average of any state in the U.S., drivers are paying $1.06 more per gallon compared to this same time last year.”

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