Gasoline Price History

The following plots show how much I paid for each gallon of gas I bought over the past 37 years or so. The data has a somewhat varied pedigree. Most of the purchases from 1979-1982 were in the Rio Vista/Fort Worth, Texas area. From late 1982-1983 was from College Station/Rio Vista about equally. From 1984-1987 was a Rio Vista/College Station/Houston mix and from 1987 on has been mostly Houston with a little Fort Worth thrown in. Just about everything pre-1984 was full service and everything since has been self-serve. Every tank shown was "super" unleaded (92-93 octane).

Three curves are shown on the first plot. The upper, black curve shows the actual price paid for each gallon. The lower curve is the data adjusted for inflation using April, 1979 as the datum. That is, the data in this curve has been adjusted to "April 1979 dollars". The "CPI-All Urban Consumers for all items less energy" was used to adjust the data using monthly average data interpolated to the actual purchase dates. The CPI data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The third, faint line, shows the average price for the entire U.S., also from the BLS.

The plots contain data from 1414 fill-ups.

Dollars per gallon (9065 Bytes)

The second plot is similar to the first but here the prices have been adjusted for inflation based on the CPI at the time of the most recent gasoline purchase. This makes it easier to see the inflation adjusted data. For the same reason the US average price data was removed from this plot.

Dollars per gallon plot 2 (8554 Bytes)

For anyone interested in the raw data...

Actual price paid:gasprice.txt, 48,339 Bytes
Adjusted for inflation:adjusted.txt, 35,310 Bytes
US City Average:usa.txt, 7383 Bytes

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