US States Most Vulnerable to High Gas Prices

States Hurt From High Gas Prices

When gasoline prices soar, many consumers have few choices but to suck it up and pay the prices at the pump. But which states are most vulnerable to gasoline prices? The (NRDC), a national environmental action organization, has identified the states whose residents would be hit the hardest by rising gas prices. To develop the rankings, the NRDC took the amount of gasoline consumed last year, along with 2009 average price and compared this to the total number of licensed drivers and per capita i

When gasoline prices soar, many consumers have few choices but to suck it up and pay the prices at the pump. But which states are most vulnerable to gasoline prices?

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national environmental action organization, has identified the states whose residents would be hit the hardest by rising gas prices. To develop the rankings, the NRDC took the amount of gasoline consumed last year, along with 2009 average price and compared this to the total number of licensed drivers and per capita income within each state. From this, the NRDC calculated the average gasoline costs for state residents as a percentage of income.

So, which states have been hardest hit? Click ahead to find out!

By Christina Cheddar Berk Posted 18 March 2010

10. Idaho

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 4.54% Dollar amount: $1,467.33
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 4.54% 
Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,467.33

9. Georgia

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income:  4.64%Dollar amount: $1,595.08
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income:  4.64%
Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,595.08

8. Maine

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 4.65% Dollar amount: $1,700.66
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 4.65% Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,700.66

7. Texas

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 4.87% Dollar amount: $1,818.89
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 4.87% Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,818.89

6. Kentucky

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.02% Dollar amount: $1,583.50
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.02% Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,583.50

5. South Carolina

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.06% Dollar amount: $1,638.98
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.06% Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,638.98

4. Oklahoma

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.12%Dollar amount: $1,830.77
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.12%
Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,830.77

3. Louisiana

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.26% Dollar amount: $1,908.72
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.26% Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,908.72

2. Montana

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.88% Dollar amount: $2,017.96
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 5.88% Dollar amount spent by driver: $2,017.96

1. Mississippi

Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 6.22% Dollar amount: $1,880.95
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Gasoline costs, as percentage of income: 6.22% Dollar amount spent by driver: $1,880.95