(Fargo, ND) -- Gas prices in North Dakota rose five cents last week, but are still below the national average.
The information comes from AAA, who surveyed 130,000 stations across the country. The national average for gas prices are $3.32, with North Dakota's average price at the pump sitting at $3.15. Fargo has some of the cheapest gas among North Dakota's big cities, sitting at an average of $3.08 per gallon. Other cities include Minot at $3.12, Bismarck at $3.16, and Minot at $3.19.
Compared to the price of gas a year ago, it now costs consumers about $17 more to fill up their vehicles, according to Gene LaDoucer, North Dakota director of public affairs for AAA-The Auto Club Group.
“Typically, softening demand this time of year results in easing of pump prices, but the higher cost for crude is preventing that from happening,” said LaDoucer. “With oil prices continuing to move higher, gas prices will follow suit because the cost of crude oil accounts for more than half the price of each gallon of gas.”