The price of a gallon of gas in St. Louis has more than doubled in the last year.
I got that information from a popular website called gasbuddy.com. The people at gasbuddy.com have been tracking the price of gas at stations around the country since 2001. Their website is chock full of charts and graphs that spell out how the price of gas got within striking distance of $4 a gallon.
I was hoping to find a list of gas stations who had the most consistently low prices in our area -- on both sides of the state line. Gasbuddy.com seemed to be the perfect partner for the project I had in mind.
Thanks to their vast database of price information and the hard work of their staff, gasbuddy.com was able to provide me with a list of stations in both Illinois and Missouri that had had the most consistently low prices in the area.
On Sunday, May 4, photojournalist Gary Womack and I set out for a drive around the metro to make sure the gasbuddy.com numbers added up. They did. The stations gasbuddy.com called the most consistently cheap in the metro area had prices well below the average. The ranking was a little off in Illinois, but that didn't matter so much... as it's possible to be a couple cents more expensive on a given day and still rank higher in terms of consistent low prices.
So where will you find stations with the most consistently cheap prices?
Let's go to the map...
If the map doesn't work for you, here's a list of the eight stations in Missouri and Illinois with the most consistently low prices around.
Now that you know where the cheap gasoline is, (by the way... it pains me to no end to call $3.49 a gallon gasoline "cheap" -- but I suppose everything is relative...) let's take a look at where gasoline is consistently the most expensive.
Instead of a list of individual gas stations, we made this into a more broad search. Below is a list of cities on both sides of the state line where gas prices are consistently among the highest on gasbuddy.com
Is it worth it to drive out of your way to find one of these cheaper stations? Probably not. But if you're from Illinois and you find yourself on the Missouri side of the river, you would be a fool not to fill up.
Illinois gas prices by default are about 20 cents a gallon more expensive than in Missouri. Chalk that difference up to your elected leaders in Springfield... and their 57.9 cents per gallon tax. Missouri consumers only pay 36 cents a gallon in tax.