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What U.S. Cities Suck Down The Most Gas?

Posted in driving, Environment, Lists by Kurt Ernst | May 12th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Atlanta traffic on a Sunday afternoon. Image: flickr user AirBeagle

We all know that gasoline prices are up, since the news media rarely goes a day without reminding us. Despite the fact that gas is edging on $4.00 per gallon (and will probably blast clean through that ceiling by Memorial Day), demand really hasn’t changed significantly from last year. Sure, we’re using less in 2011 than we did in 2010, but overall consumption in the United States is down by just 2 percent. As you’d expect, some cities use a lot more gas than others, regardless of the price. Below, in ascending order, is a list of the 10 U.S. cities with the highest gasoline consumption, as researched by the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Read on to see if your hometown made the list.

10. Riverside / San Bernadino, CA

Average mileage per household: 19,700
Gallons of fuel per household: 969
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $3,880

9. Washington, DC

Average mileage per household: 19,900
Gallons of fuel per household: 979
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $3,916

8. Jacksonville, FL

Average mileage per household: 20,300
Gallons of fuel per household: 1,001
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $4,004

7. Middlesex – Somerset – Hunterdon, NJ

Average mileage per household: 20,600
Gallons of fuel per household: 1,016
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $4,064

6. Greensboro – Winston Salem – High Point, NC

Average mileage per household: 20,700
Gallons of fuel per household: 1,017
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $4,068

5. Monmouth – Ocean Counties, NJ

Average mileage per household: 21,100
Gallons of fuel per household: 1,040
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $4,160

4. Nashville, TN

Average mileage per household: 21,200
Gallons of fuel per household: 1,046
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $4,184

3. Atlanta, GA

Average mileage per household: 21,300
Gallons of fuel per household: 1,050
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $4,200

2. Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill, NC, SC

Average mileage per household: 21,500
Gallons of fuel per household: 1,061
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $4,244

1. Raleigh – Durham – Chapel Hill, NC

Average mileage per household: 21,800
Gallons of fuel per household: 1,074
Annual cost at $4 per gallon: $4,296

Source: Forbes

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  1. I think they forgot Orange County, CA on the list and LA County too. I am sure we are somewhere on the list. Edging $4 a gallon? Gas here is over $4.50 a gallon already!