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New Records Set Daily with Gas, Diesel Prices

NASHVILLE (May 16) – Average gasoline prices in Tennessee are unchanged in the last week, averaging $4.19 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 3,821 stations in Tennessee. Prices in Tennessee are 36.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.32 per gallon higher than a year ago. The price of diesel has risen 3.0 cents nationally in the past week and stands at $5.55 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Tennessee was priced at $3.63 per gallon Sunday, while the most expensive was $4.99 per gallon, a difference of $1.36 per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline is unchanged in the last week, averaging $4.46 per gallon Monday. The national average is up 39.1 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.43 per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Historical gasoline prices in Tennessee and the national average going back 10 years:

May 16, 2021: $2.87/g (U.S. Average: $3.03/g)

May 16, 2020: $1.59/g (U.S. Average: $1.87/g)

May 16, 2019: $2.53/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)

May 16, 2018: $2.64/g (U.S. Average: $2.90/g)

May 16, 2017: $2.08/g (U.S. Average: $2.33/g)

May 16, 2016: $2.05/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)

May 16, 2015: $2.45/g (U.S. Average: $2.70/g)

May 16, 2014: $3.45/g (U.S. Average: $3.65/g)

May 16, 2013: $3.25/g (U.S. Average: $3.60/g)

May 16, 2012: $3.46/g (U.S. Average: $3.73/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

Chattanooga – $4.11/g, unchanged from last week’s $4.11/g.

Nashville – $4.21/g, unchanged from last week’s $4.21/g.

Huntsville – $4.19/g, unchanged from last week’s $4.19/g.

“Those filling their tanks last week saw another jolt at the pump, as both gasoline and diesel prices continued their multi-week rally,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “New records continued to be set on a near daily basis as the national average edges even closer to $4.50 per gallon. Prices later this week could be closer to $5 per gallon than $4, as demand continues to edge higher and inventories of both gasoline and diesel continue to decline, temperatures warm and motorists get back outside and we near the Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer driving season. While the increases may start to slow in the days ahead as pump prices catch up to oil, there isn’t much reason to be optimistic that we’ll see a plunge any time soon.”

GasBuddy’s survey updates 288 times every day from the most diverse list of sources covering nearly 150,000 stations nationwide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the country. GasBuddy data is accessible at

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