Arizona gas prices are a lot lower than this time last year

By Tom Maxedon
Published: Monday, July 3, 2023 - 7:05am

$3.69 sign at a Tempe gas station
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Price per gallon of regular gas at a Tempe gas station in summer 2023.

Drivers are often used to seeing gas prices rise prior to a holiday.

But according to AAA, the opposite is the case for Independence Day as prices nationally and in Arizona are down substantially compared to a year ago.

Julian Paredes is with the Arizona branch of the agency and credited a weak oil market. “Any price reductions during the summer, it’s relatively notable just because this is around the time when gas prices [historically] would be going up. So, the fact that they’re going down is definitely a good sign and good for drivers everywhere,” he said.

The average price for regular grade gas in Arizona is $3.86 per gallon. That's a drop of $0.16 from last week, but still about 30 cents higher than the national average of $3.54.

The cheapest gas in the state is in Graham County at $3.26.

In Maricopa County, the average is $4.04.

Last year, the national average was $4.86 and the state average was $5.26.

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