Gasoline prices on the rise – Cobb at $2.27

The coronavirus vaccines might have contributed to a rise in gasoline prices illustrated by photo of Kroger gas station on South Cobb DriveKroger gas station on Concord Road and South Cobb Drive (the photo was taken last year, so the prices are outdated)-- photo by Larry Felton Johnson

According to a press release from Garrett Townsend, the Georgia Public Affairs Director for AAA, Georgia gasoline prices set a new 2019 high of $2.30 per gallon.

The price has risen for 18 consecutive days, for a 16 cent increase.

Sunday’s state average of $2.30 per gallon is 2 cents more than a week ago, and 16 cents more than last month.  This is still 13 cents below the average cost this time last year. The all-time record national high for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $4.114, set on July 17, 2008.

“Pump prices have steadily climbed in Georgia, and that springtime bounce is far from finished,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Normal spring factors like rising demand, refinery maintenance, and the introduction of summer-blend gasoline should keep upward pressure on pump prices for the next couple of months. Gas prices generally reach their annual peak by Memorial Day, unless a hurricane or refinery outage threatens supplies. AAA forecasts prices will peak at around $2.75 before summer.”


Cobb County gasoline prices

As of this morning, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Cobb County was $2.274.  This is about 2 cents lower than this morning’s statewide average of $2.299.

Highest and lowest Georgia averages

According to the AAA press release:

  • Most expensive gas prices: Brunswick ($2.46), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.39), Savannah ($2.36)
  • Least expensive gas prices: Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.22), Warner Robins ($2.23), Dalton ($2.24)

How does AAA determine gas prices?

AAA explains it’s methodology for collecting data on gasoline prices at the pump as follows:

AAA updates fuel price averages daily at Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.