Why are gas prices higher in Franklin County?


Where you live could impact how much money you pay at the pumps.

22News found gas going for as little as $2.35 per gallon in Chicopee Monday. However, the price was 12 cents higher in Greenfield, and 21 cents higher in Charlemont. You can expect to pay more money on gas in rural towns like Charlemont and that’s mostly due to competition and location. There are only two gas stations in Charlemont.

“Yeah there are just so few, there is not as much competition, said Kenneth Hall of Charlemont. “So they don’t have to fight for the lower price.”

One Charlemont driver told 22News gas here is still a lot cheaper than in Hawaii. 

“We don’t really have a choice way out here, but coming from a big island its amazing how low the gas prices are and I’m happy to pay them,” said Scarlet Kitchen of Charlemont.

According to the Energy Information Administration, the cost of crude oil has the biggest impact on gas prices. Other factors that drive gas prices higher include state and federal taxes, and the weather. Gas prices typically increase in the warmer months, when more people are on the road and there is more demand for gas.

It’s worth pointing out that gas prices in Charlemont are still 8 cents lower than the state average of $2.64.

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