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Gas averages $4.04, 36 cents higher than a year ago

Thursday - 3/22/2012, 7:46am  ET

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Gasoline prices of more than $4 not only in the D.C. metro area, but also in Las Vegas. From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record-high fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

WASHINGTON - The latest WTOP Pain in the Gas survey shows the average price of a gallon of regular shot up 9 cents to $4.04 over the past week. That's 36 cents higher than prices at this time last year, and more than what drivers paid for premium a year ago.

Mid-grade spiked 10 cents to $4.22 a gallon. Premium rose 10 cents to $4.34 a gallon. Diesel increased 2 cents to $4.20 a gallon.

The average for regular fuel this week is cheapest in Maryland, where regular is $3.93. That compares to $3.94 in Virginia and $4.03 in the District.

One year ago on March 23, 2011, regular averaged $3.68 a gallon in the WTOP gas survey, while mid-grade averaged $3.85 a gallon and premium $3.97.

Regional Averages

  • Regular: $4.04
  • Mid-Grade: $4.22
  • Premium: $4.34
  • Diesel: $4.20

D.C. Averages

  • Regular: $4.15
  • Mid-Grade: $4.33
  • Premium: $4.45
  • Diesel: $4.22
Maryland Averages
  • Regular: $4.01
  • Mid-Grade: $4.18
  • Premium: $4.32
  • Diesel: $4.24
Virginia Averages
  • Regular: $3.98
  • Mid-Grade: $4.14
  • Premium: $4.25
  • Diesel: $4.14

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