Rising Gas Prices Across America

Gas prices sky rocket across the country and they aren’t stopping anytime soon.


Filling up a tank of gas has risen to insanely high prices. (Courtesy of New York Post)

As people start going back to work in person, inflation is reaching a “40-year-high,”  and there has been a spike in gasoline prices across the United States. According to the New York Times,  the average price for gas has risen to $4.009 a gallon! A year ago, the national average for regular gas was $2.768 per gallon. According to AAA, the average gas price in Virginia ranges from $4.046 to $3.891 per gallon, and some common prices seen along roads in Prince William County range from $3.79 to $4.15 per gallon. Last year, gas prices plummeted when we went into isolation due to COVID and now companies are trying to make up for that loss. None of this has been helped by the war between Ukraine and Russia, however, Russia only supplies the U.S. with 2% of our oil. According to CNN, this has been the fastest spike in gas prices since Hurricane Katrina.

“Times are tough right now,” Chris Gonzalez, a 31 year old Uber Eats delivery man in California, commented.

The rise of gas prices has caused many people to have to reconfigure their budgets, and some have even had to cut back on the amount they spend on necessities. Some people have had to give up traveling to see family, stop going on weekend vacations just to get away, and some families have had to stop eating out. People may have a hard time deciding to get to work or pick up their kids from school, deciding to see family or buy food.

“It cost me $55 to fill up a tank of gas when it would normally cost me $30!” Said English teacher, Mrs. Moore.

Here are some gas prices from around Prince William County.

The demand for gasoline outweighs the supply of it. Now that COVID-19 restrictions are lifting and people are starting to return to their in-person jobs, gas prices rise to meet the demand of it. Because of these rising prices, people may struggle to get into work and buy necessities. Economists don’t see this rise ending anytime soon and predict that prices will keep rising.