BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The average price of gas continues to trend downward in Baton Rouge.

According to GasBuddy.com, “Baton Rouge gas prices have fallen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.99/g today.”

If you search around the city, you could find gas as cheap as $2.68 per gallon.

On the flip side, you could also find gas costing 71 cents per gallon more than the cheapest gas in town.

So what is the cheapest gas in the entire state?

That would be $2.29 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.

National average gas prices are also heading in a positive direction for motorists.

As Christmas approaches, “The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.32/g today,” according to GasBuddy.com.

So how do this year’s local and national average gas prices compare to the last ten years?

Historical gasoline prices in Baton Rouge and the national average going back ten years:

  • December 13, 2020: $1.78/g (U.S. Average: $2.14/g)
  • December 13, 2019: $2.19/g (U.S. Average: $2.57/g)
  • December 13, 2018: $1.97/g (U.S. Average: $2.39/g)
  • December 13, 2017: $2.19/g (U.S. Average: $2.45/g)
  • December 13, 2016: $2.04/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)
  • December 13, 2015: $1.77/g (U.S. Average: $2.01/g)
  • December 13, 2014: $2.36/g (U.S. Average: $2.56/g)
  • December 13, 2013: $3.08/g (U.S. Average: $3.24/g)
  • December 13, 2012: $3.09/g (U.S. Average: $3.29/g)
  • December 13, 2011: $3.10/g (U.S. Average: $3.26/g)

“With the price of crude oil remaining some $13 per barrel below its 2021 peak, we have continued to see gas prices decline in nearly every city coast to coast, a trend that will likely continue into yet another week,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Omicron concerns continue to be the primary catalyst for the drop in gas prices across much of the country. While we’ve seen some anecdotal reports about the new variant, vaccine producers have yet to definitively state if current vaccines will still bring adequate protection against omicron- something that might be critical to limit severity and to avoid new shutdowns. With OPEC+ members still planning to boost oil production in January, we continue to see global oil production slowly rising. In addition, U.S. gasoline demand last week fell to the lowest level since October, which may limit oil’s recent rebound and keep gas prices declining through the end of the year.”