Washington’s tenure near the top of the list of the states where gas is the most expensive appears to be over — at least for now.
The Evergreen State spent much of April, May and June at or near the top of the list trading positions from time to time with other high-cost states such as California, Hawaii and Alaska for dubious honor of being the state with the highest price fuel. Prices in the South Sound topped out at more than $4.30 a gallon during the Memorial Day weekend.
This week Washington has fallen to 14th with a statewide average price of $3.659 a gallon. That compares with a national average of $3.579 a gallon, according to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder.
Hawaii tops the list with an average price of $4.118 a gallon for regular. Illinois held down second place with a $4.049 average price. Michigan was third with an average cost of $3.985.
At the opposite end of the list, New Mexico’s prices were the least, $3.229 a gallon. Arizona was next with a $3.253 price, and South Carolina was third with an average of $3.26 a gallon.
In the South Sound this week, prices remained stable with an average Tacoma price of $3.648. That compares with $3.635 a week ago and $3.532 a month ago. At this time in 2011, gas averaged $3.779 in Tacoma.
The least expensive gas in the Tacoma area was $3.43 a gallon at the Arco at South 104th St. and Portland Avenue.