Where can I find statistics for retail gasoline prices?
We found a couple of sources of government data from the library’s databases.
To get to the first one:
1. On the Library Home page click the Research Guides tab.
2. Select the Guides by Subject link, click “Statistics & Data”.
3. On the next page, under Statistics by Topic, click Business and Economic.
3. On the page that appears, the first link under Business and Economic Statistics Databases is
Statistical Abstract of the United States
4. Open this site. On the left you will see a list of areas. Look for Prices (it's toward the bottom).
5. Click Prices, then look down the page until you see Fuel Prices. Under that is 730 – Retail Gasoline Prices — Selected Areas. Click the link that says [PDF 465K]. It opens a PDF of the chart. You can save this PDF to your computer if you wish.
This chart only covers 2007-2009, but at the bottom of the chart you can see the source for the data is listed as:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices, Gasoline Historical Data. See also
This link is to an official government web site with full data in Excel spreadsheets. You can use Excel to make charts from the data.