Kentucky Gas Prices Drop Ahead of Historic Holiday Travel Week

Kentucky, Gas Prices
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West Central Kentucky gas prices dropped by nearly three cents over the week, averaging at $2.236 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Six Great Lakes and Central states land on this week’s list of the largest drops in gas prices, including Kentucky (-5 cents).  Every state in the region is paying less at the pump on the week except for Indiana (+5 cents).  As many as 12 states in the region are paying 10-30 cents less compared to one month ago (Kentucky, -16 cents).  With a small build, inventories bumped up to 47.9 million barrels – which is the highest levels for the region since late October.

This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average: $2.236
Average price during the week of December 11, 2017: $2.264
Average price during the week of December 19, 2016: $2.184

Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 

$2.161        Bowling Green
$2.150        Elizabethtown
$2.466        Louisville
$2.222        Owensboro
$2.181        Paducah

On the National Front
On the week, the national average dropped three cents to $2.43 – 12 cents cheaper than one month ago, but 20 cents more per gallon than this time last year.  Weekly gasoline inventories increased by an astonishing 5.7 million barrels, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. 

AAA projects that more than 107 million Americans will travel more than fifty miles away from home for the holidays (December 23-January 1).  For the 97.3 million traveling by car, gasoline has the potential to drop.  The increase in supply combined with so-far weaker winter demand and seasonal gasoline trends could pave the way for even cheaper winter gas prices in the coming weeks, barring any unforeseen circumstances. 

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at

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