We've all well aware of the price of gas. We have gone through this before, and it will happen again in the future, but paying as much as $3.89 for a gallon of gas is a tough nut to swallow. Not to mention the fact that we can proudly say our gas may be the most expensive in the midwest! What?

WXYZ TV in Detroit and Fox17 reported that, according to AAA, the state average is now at $3.74 a gallon, a nearly 40 cent jump from where we were last week.

AAA data shows that in metro Detroit, Oakland County is where you may end up paying the most for gas in metro Detroit as gas is currently averaging $3.78 a gallon. Not here! The price of our gas fluctuates wildly in the area, but Meijer in Cascade on 28th street has a gallon of regular at $3.89! Wowza!

Get a load of how prices have increased in parts of the midwest. Who is the leader here?

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Okay, I get that even at $3.89, we may not have the most expensive gas in the Midwest, Chicago jumps in at $3.97, but we certainly lead the pack in price increase.

 

AAA spokeswoman Adrienne Woodland said:

"Crude oil prices are hitting prices we have not seen in about 8 years."

Patrick Dehaan with Gas Buddy says,

"Crude oil costs account for 53% of what you pay at the pump.

17% goes towards various taxes, 18% goes towards transportation and retail costs, and around 12% goes to refining.

All of that is happening because not only the Russia situation, but the transition to summer gasoline is also causing a big boost."

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And, it keeps on coming as plane tickets prices will probably be rising soon because jet fuel is going to cost more.

 

There is a bit of good news here at home, however. A Shell station on River Ave. in Holland has gas for $3.26, and Marathon stations, one on 3 Mile Road, NW and one on Remembrance Road are priced at $3.32 and $3.35! I might be worth it to hike over there!

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.