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Southern Oregon Tops State in Gas Prices

A report from AAA found Oregon well above the national average—and Medford at the top of Oregon prices.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 5:56 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — If there's any worse place to travel in the country right now than Oregon at large, then it's Southern Oregon specifically. According to a new report from AAA, Oregon gas prices are well above the national average.

The current national average is $2.719—the highest prices have been in almost three years, since July of 2015. Oregon's average price: $3.138, which is also the highest in three years.

A table from AAA (viewable below) ranks prices within Oregon based on metropolitan area. Medford/Ashland's current average gas price is $3.226—above the state average, and the highest price of all Oregon metro areas studied.

The only higher price comes from Vancouver, Wash.—just across the Columbia River from Portland and thus, out of state.

According to Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho, the chief reasons for climbing gas prices are "higher crude oil prices, unrest in the Middle East, and strong demand for gasoline in the U.S. and around the world."

Last month, Dodd said that spiking prices were due in large part to refineries switching from winter-blend to summer-blend gasolines, causing them to go off line for maintenance.

“Travelers should plan now for higher gas prices for their summer road trips,” said Dodds. AAA forecasts that 88 million American families will vacation this summer, with two-thirds of those planning to drive.

CLICK HERE to see our article on AAA's report from March.

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