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Every year, gas prices continue to rise and therefore make owning a car that much more expensive. Those who were set back an average of $2.51 per gallon last year long for the $0.17 Americans paid 70 years ago.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), FindTheData found the average price of gas in every year since 1945.

The data is a combination of observed price averages and estimates based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).*

*Prices from 1935-1977 are estimated based on the gasoline bucket of the CPI. After 1978, FindTheData used the yearly averages reported by the BLS.

1945

 

Gasoline Price: $0.17
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1946

 

Gasoline Price: $0.17
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1947

 

Gasoline Price: $0.19
Change from the previous year: $0.02

1948

 

Gasoline Price: $0.22
Change from the previous year: $0.03

1949

 

Gasoline Price: $0.23
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1950

 

Gasoline Price: $0.22
Change from the previous year: $-0.01

1951

 

Gasoline Price: $0.23
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1952

 

Gasoline Price: $0.24
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1953

 

Gasoline Price: $0.25
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1954

 

Gasoline Price: $0.26
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1955

 

Gasoline Price: $0.26
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1956

 

Gasoline Price: $0.27
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1957

 

Gasoline Price: $0.28
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1958

 

Gasoline Price: $0.28
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1959

 

Gasoline Price: $0.28
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1960

 

Gasoline Price: $0.29
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1961

 

Gasoline Price: $0.29
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1962

 

Gasoline Price: $0.29
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1963

 

Gasoline Price: $0.29
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1964

 

Gasoline Price: $0.29
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1965

 

Gasoline Price: $0.30
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1966

 

Gasoline Price: $0.30
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1967

 

Gasoline Price: $0.31
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1968

 

Gasoline Price: $0.32
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1969

 

Gasoline Price: $0.33
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1970

 

Gasoline Price: $0.33
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1971

 

Gasoline Price: $0.33
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1972

 

Gasoline Price: $0.34
Change from the previous year: $0.01

1973

 

Gasoline Price: $0.37
Change from the previous year: $0.03

1974

 

Gasoline Price: $0.50
Change from the previous year: $0.13

1975

 

Gasoline Price: $0.53
Change from the previous year: $0.03

1976

 

Gasoline Price: $0.56
Change from the previous year: $0.03

1977

 

Gasoline Price: $0.59
Change from the previous year: $0.03

1978

 

Gasoline Price: $0.65
Change from the previous year: $0.06

1979

 

Gasoline Price: $0.88
Change from the previous year: $0.23

1980

 

Gasoline Price: $1.22
Change from the previous year: $0.34

1981

 

Gasoline Price: $1.35
Change from the previous year: $0.13

1982

 

Gasoline Price: $1.28
Change from the previous year: $-0.07

1983

 

Gasoline Price: $1.22
Change from the previous year: $-0.06

1984

 

Gasoline Price: $1.20
Change from the previous year: $-0.02

1985

 

Gasoline Price: $1.19
Change from the previous year: $-0.01

1986

 

Gasoline Price: $0.93
Change from the previous year: $-0.26

1987

 

Gasoline Price: $0.96
Change from the previous year: $0.03

1988

 

Gasoline Price: $0.96
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1989

 

Gasoline Price: $1.06
Change from the previous year: $0.10

1990

 

Gasoline Price: $1.22
Change from the previous year: $0.16

1991

 

Gasoline Price: $1.20
Change from the previous year: $-0.02

1992

 

Gasoline Price: $1.19
Change from the previous year: $-0.01

1993

 

Gasoline Price: $1.17
Change from the previous year: $-0.02

1994

 

Gasoline Price: $1.17
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1995

 

Gasoline Price: $1.21
Change from the previous year: $0.04

1996

 

Gasoline Price: $1.29
Change from the previous year: $0.08

1997

 

Gasoline Price: $1.29
Change from the previous year: $0.00

1998

 

Gasoline Price: $1.12
Change from the previous year: $-0.17

1999

 

Gasoline Price: $1.22
Change from the previous year: $0.10

2000

 

Gasoline Price: $1.56
Change from the previous year: $0.34

2001

 

Gasoline Price: $1.53
Change from the previous year: $-0.03

2002

 

Gasoline Price: $1.44
Change from the previous year: $-0.09

2003

 

Gasoline Price: $1.64
Change from the previous year: $0.20

2004

 

Gasoline Price: $1.92
Change from the previous year: $0.28

2005

 

Gasoline Price: $2.34
Change from the previous year: $0.42

2006

 

Gasoline Price: $2.63
Change from the previous year: $0.29

2007

 

Gasoline Price: $2.85
Change from the previous year: $0.22

2008

 

Gasoline Price: $3.32
Change from the previous year: $0.47

2009

 

Gasoline Price: $2.40
Change from the previous year: $-0.92

2010

 

Gasoline Price: $2.84
Change from the previous year: $0.44

2011

 

Gasoline Price: $3.58
Change from the previous year: $0.74

2012

 

Gasoline Price: $3.70
Change from the previous year: $0.12

2013

 

Gasoline Price: $3.58
Change from the previous year: $-0.12

2014

 

Gasoline Price: $3.43
Change from the previous year: $-0.15

2015

 

Gasoline Price: $2.51
Change from the previous year: $-0.92