Iowa drivers pay 30.5 cents per gallon in state gas taxes

State gas taxes and fees in Iowa amount to 30.5 cents per gallon, the 25th highest rate among the 50 states, according to an analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.

As of January of this year, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Iowa was $2.30. And the state’s gas tax as a share of the total cost of a gallon of gas stood at 13.3 percent.

In addition to state gas taxes – which can make up between 5 percent and more than 20 percent of the cost of gas – the federal government levies a tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

The analysis is based on data from the American Petroleum Institute, which advocates for the oil industry. As a rule, in states that place higher taxes on gasoline, registered vehicles are driven fewer miles annually, the study found.

The average cost of a gallon of gas nationwide in January was $2.50, well below the average price eight years ago, when gas cost $4 per gallon, according to 24/7 Wall St.

State Gas Taxes, From Lowest to Highest

RankStateState Gas Tax (Cents per Gallon)Average Gas Price per Gallon as of January 2020State Tax as % of Gas PriceMiles Traveled per Driver Annually50Alaska14.4$2.984.8%10,23749Missouri17.4$2.158.1%17,92648Mississippi18.8$2.208.5%19,79147New Mexico18.9$2.378.0%18,71146Arizona19.0$2.826.7%12,51645Oklahoma (tied)20.0$2.229.0%18,14244Texas (tied)20.0$2.179.2%16,23743Louisiana20.0$2.219.1%14,61042Virginia22.0$2.309.6%14,39341Colorado22.0$2.568.6%12,71140South Carolina22.8$2.2210.3%14,76939Delaware23.0$2.2410.3%12,94338North Dakota23.0$2.449.4%17,55837New Hampshire23.8$2.459.7%11,85936Wyoming24.0$2.579.3%24,89835Kansas24.0$2.2410.7%14,97634Arkansas24.8$2.2311.1%17,09533Kentucky26.0$2.3311.2%16,33732Massachusetts26.5$2.5610.4%13,53031Alabama27.2$2.2512.1%17,79630Tennessee27.4$2.2712.1%14,99729Minnesota28.6$2.3912.0%17,82328South Dakota30.0$2.4112.5%15,22427Maine30.0$2.5311.9%14,20726Nebraska30.2$2.3912.7%14,76825Iowa30.5$2.3013.3%14,72524Vermont30.8$2.6311.7%13,00523Utah31.1$2.6012.0%15,79322Montana32.8$2.5213.0%15,75221Wisconsin32.9$2.3713.9%15,36420Idaho33.0$2.5812.8%14,13919Nevada33.8$2.9711.4%14,27818Georgia34.5$2.3414.7%18,33717Rhode Island35.0$2.5513.7%10,58016West Virginia35.7$2.4814.4%17,10715North Carolina36.4$2.3315.6%16,13014Maryland36.7$2.4115.2%13,56113Oregon36.8$2.9712.4%12,57312Ohio38.5$2.4315.9%14,25111Connecticut40.1$2.6315.2%12,12610New Jersey41.4$2.5716.1%12,2259Michigan42.0$2.3717.7%14,3148Florida42.3$2.4117.5%14,4337New York45.0$2.6816.8%10,1286Indiana46.6$2.3619.7%17,7655Hawaii48.4$3.6613.2%11,4794Washington49.4$3.1016.0%10,5533Illinois53.7$2.6020.7%12,3872Pennsylvania58.7$2.7021.7%11,3561California60.6$3.5217.2%12,900

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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