Although Kansas is currently among 18 states that reflect the national decline in gas retail prices- Dodge City is excluded from the under-three dollars mark.
Senior Petroleum Analyst with GasBuddy.com Patrick DeHaan said in a recent press release, "Our network of websites shows 18 states where motorists could access gasoline below $3 per gallon today."
Other states include: MO, SC, TX, MS, OK, AR, VA, NM, LA, TN, AL, NJ, GA, NE, IA, OH, and IN.
While a couple of gas stations in Topeka have marked their price board at $2.96, DeHaan said Dodge Citians shouldn't anticipate the same.
"Dodge City gas prices might continue to fall but at this point, I don't believe they will fall under $3," he said. Although, DeHaan said the recent event with federal government shutdown might put some pressure on prices, it still might not be enough to match Topeka's prices because Dodge City is located in an area that is harder to access.
"The distance the gasoline is traveling to get to Dodge City is a factor in price," DeHaan said. "That's something that we see in areas that are far away from major infrastructure -- the gas is traveling a good distance which adds to the price."
Another factor that plays a role, DeHaan said is lack of competition.
"No one is in a rush to decline prices," he said. "In a bigger city with more competition, there's more of a sparring going on."
Across the state of Kansas, the statewide average has declined 7 cents per gallon- a significant decline compared to last year when prices averaged $3.78.
Last month Kansas City stood at an average $3.60 per gallon, one week ago Kansas averaged a price of $3.30, and according to DeHaan, as of midnight the average stands at $3.23 per gallon.
Although the decline has been one to take note of, it's not a surprising one DeHaan said.
"What we're seeing is what we're used to," he said. "There is a common decrease in fall months due to a lower gas demand brought on by cooler temperatures." The Petroleum Analyst said that if current supply and demand fundamentals remain unchanged and West Texas crude slips into the mid- $90s, it's a high possibility that by Thanksgiving up to 33 states with gas stations will be selling below $3 per gallon.
DeHaan said given the history in the past ten years, prices tend to bottom out close to Thanksgiving and Christmas and tend to increase around New Year's- picking up dramatically in the months of March and April.
For those interested in tracking gas prices in the area can visit GasBuddy.com - GasBuddy operates over 250 websites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. GasBuddy also offers a free app: named one of the '50 best 2013 iPhone apps by Time Magazine to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.
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