What did you pay for gasoline the last time you filled up? If you're in the U.S., probably about $2.70 per gallon.
But you may wish you were in Caracas, Venezuela, where enormous government subsidies cut the price to a ridiculous 6 cents per gallon. Yep, six pennies.
And you may thank your stars you're not in Asmara, Eritrea, where taxes, transportation challenges, and conflict have boosted the price to $9.59 per gallon. Or, for that matter, in a host of European nations that tax gasoline to keep it above $6.50 a gallon, encouraging citizens to use their generally efficient public transportation systems.
In the U.S., the range isn't as great. Still, Alaska has the priciest gas as of today--at $3.53 per gallon--whereas the good people of South Carolina pay the least, at just $2.56 per gallon.
NOTE: The U.S. prices in the graphic are from data of several days ago.
GLOBAL CITIES WITH MOST EXPENSIVE GASOLINE:
1. Asmara, Eritrea: $9.59 / gallon
2. Oslo, Norway: $7.41
3. Copenhagen, Denmark: $6.89
4. Hong Kong: $6.87
5. TIE: Berlin, Germany & Monaco, Monte Carlo: $6.82
GLOBAL CITIES WITH LEAST EXPENSIVE GASOLINE:
1. Caracas, Venezuela: 6 cents / gallon
2. Tehran, Iran: 32 cents
3. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 45 cents
4. Kuwait City, Kuwait: 85 cents
5. Cairo, Egypt: $1.17
U.S. STATES WITH MOST EXPENSIVE GASOLINE (for Regular grade, as of Sep 7, 2010)
1. Alaska: $ 3.53 / gallon
2. Hawaii: $3.46
3. California: $3.05
4. Washington: $3.04
5. Oregon: $2.96
U.S. STATES WITH LEAST EXPENSIVE GASOLINE (for Regular grade, as of Sep 7, 2010)
1. South Carolina: $ 2.44 / gallon
2. Mississippi: $2.48
3. TIE: Arkansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee: $2.49