We’re about as close to getting $4.00 gas in Bismarck Mandan as you can get. Most stations cost $3.99 in the capital. Even Sam’s club is only a few cents cheaper than that right now.
Although we saw a brief respite last month (gas prices actually dropped a penny at one point here in Bismarck Mandan), the start of the summer driving season is almost here. That means historically higher gas prices in North Dakota and across the country. During the Memorial weekend, we usually see the highest prices of the year. That will likely still be the case, but experts warn consumers will likely see high prices all summer long.
How high ? According to Kiplinger, the current national average price for regular unleaded has climbed to $4.16 per gallon, a four cent increase from a week ago. There is a chance that we will break the national average of $4.33 in record lows in March. This means that with Bismarck Mandan already at $3.99 per gallon, it is almost certain that we will see gasoline prices north of $4.00 per gallon any day now. This will be a bargain compared to places like California, which will likely see prices well above the $6.00 per gallon threshold.
According to AAA Gas Prices, the most expensive place for gasoline in North Dakota is McKenzie County. Towns like Watford City pay $4.12 a gallon for gasoline. The cheapest gas in the state is in Cass County. Gas prices in Fargo are around $3.89 per gallon.
Be prepared if you’re planning on traveling this summer, it’s going to be a pain at the pumps.