There’s “no answer” to why South Dakota’s gas prices lag behind its neighboring states when it comes lowering its prices, it’s the norm, officials say.
Of South Dakota’s neighbors, four have lower statewide price average: Minnesota $3.51, Iowa $3.57, Nebraska $3.62 and Wyoming $ 3.64.
North Dakota’s mirrors South Dakota’s and Montana’s is three cents higher.
Gas price in the U.S. have began to lower with the switch to producing cheaper, winter-blend gasoline and the end of the summer travel season.
Marilyn Buskohl, AAA South Dakota public affairs specialist, said when those changes go into effect the state does follow the trend “but we’re just not as quick as our neighboring states to lower our prices.”
Buskohl expects prices to align with surrounding states within weeks.
“I’d say safely within the next couple weeks we will be right in line with our bordering states,” she said.
Prices in five other Midwestern states have fallen by at least a dime per gallon: Kentucky 11 cents, Michigan 12 cents, Missouri 12 cents, Ohio 13 cents and Indiana 14 cents.
The national average price of regular self serve gasoline is $3.51 per gallon, a nickel cheaper than last week, and three cents cheaper than a month ago and 35 cents cheaper than a year ago.
South Dakota Fuel Price Overview:
Today’s Average price of self serve gasoline
Rapid City: $3.617
Sioux Falls: $3.568
South Dakota: $3.650
Source: AAA South Dakota