Gas prices on the decline

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Arizona motorists have been paying a little less at the pump this week.

According to AAA Arizona, the statewide average dropped 3.5 cents to $3.701 per gallon. The national average also dropped more than five cents to $3.795 per gallon.

Gas prices usually decrease as the end of the year approaches, and Linda Gorman with AAA Arizona said that should continue to be the case in 2012.

“Most of the factors that kept pump prices elevated in recent weeks -- from refinery outages to hurricanes – are now in the rearview mirror,” said Gorman. “Historically, gas prices tend to start to drop in the fall and continue through Christmas. This trend, which has held true for seven of the previous nine years, is likely to continue in 2012, barring unforeseen circumstances.”

Tucson has the lowest gas average in the state at $3.559 per gallon, while Flagstaff has the highest average at $3.891 per gallon.

Mississippi and South Carolina have the lowest average gas price in the country at $3.533 per gallon. California residents pay the most at the pump with an average of $4.133 per gallon.

There are currently six states where drivers pay more than $4 per gallon: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York and Washington.