New Yorkers continue to experience pain at the pump as gas costs steadily increase. According to Triple A, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in New York is $3.541, which is an increase of $1.29 from 2020. The average cost of fuel in the state is also more than the national average of $3.394, as of October 27, 2021. The highest per-gallon prices are found in the North Country and around New York City.

The reason for gas prices going sky-high is attributed in part to crude oil costs, according to Mark Jenkins of AAA - The Auto Club Group,

“Gas prices have been dragged higher by skyrocketing crude oil prices. Although oil prices increased again last week, it was by a smaller margin than the weeks before. Fortunately, gasoline futures held steady. So even if gas prices increase again this week, it shouldn’t be as significant of a jump as what drivers have experienced so far this month.”

Here are the average prices for a gallon of regular-grade gas from around the state, as of October 27:

Albany-Schenectady-Troy - $3.498
Batavia - $3.472
Binghamton - $3.511
Buffalo-Niagara Falls - $3.458
Dutchess-Putnam County - $3.542
Elmira - $3.491
Glens Falls - $3.537
Ithaca - $3.505
Kingston - $3.506
Nassau-Suffolk - $3.545
New York - $3.621
Rochester - $3.513
Syracuse - $3.488
Utica-Rome - $3.523
Watertown-Fort Drum - $3.531
White Plains - $3.615

Data provided by Triple A

The sad thing is that we are approaching the holiday season when many New Yorkers will be taking road trips to see loved ones. People who are still wary of air travel, since we are still in a pandemic, will pay more to see family and friends this year.

As bad as it is right now, it still doesn't beat the highest recorded price of a gallon of regular gas in New York. On July 9, 2008, the highest price was $4.425, according to Triple A data. Below you can check out how much gas was in the year you started driving. The older you are, the more likely you are to shed a tear reminiscing on how cheap gas used to be. For instance, 25 years ago, the average national price per gallon was $1.23.

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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.

Gallery Credit: Sophia Crisafulli

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