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Survey: Smaller cities see gas price hikes

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Smaller cities around the U.S. are seeing the steepest price hikes for gas, according to analysis by GasBuddy. 

"The steep price hikes recorded in more than 25 cities in the Midwest dwarf the increases seen in the rest of the country.  And nowhere is it worse than Ft. Wayne, IN.  So far this year, Fort Wayne has recorded the highest single day average price hike - 34 cents per gallon - among its three highest daily changes.  It is followed by:  Indianapolis, (.32); Dayton, OH (.31); Columbus, OH (.30) and Toledo, OH (.28)," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, in a statement. 

He emphasized that the figures represent the average of the three highest single-day price spikes and that Midwesterners have seen 30+ cent increases often enough to know they're not a statistical anomaly.    

In Bakersfield, CA, gas prices saw a 9-cent gain in prices in just one day. Colorado Springs, CO, had an 11-cent single day spike.  

In the Gulf Coast region, the highest single-day spike was 14 cents in Lubbock TX. On the East Coast, Myrtle Beach, led the region with the highest single-day spike of 11 cents.  

GasBuddy looked at the frequency of price changes in its analysis and found that the Midwest and West Coast regions led the way with the number of days that prices changed a penny or more per gallon.  

DeHaan pointed out that if you look at the number of days with average price decreases of more than 1 cent, the Midwestern cities more than doubled every other region in the country, according to the news release.

In Georgia, the lowest prices for regular unleaded was $3.01 per gallon in Rossville, GA, according to GasBuddy. In South Carolina, the cheapest gas was $3.03 per gallon in Laurens, SC.  

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