Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Your monthly gasoline bill: $368

gas prices, income, spendingClick the chart to see how your state shapes up By Ben Rooney, staff reporter

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Round-trip airfare from New York to Los Angeles. More than a dozen dinners for two at Applebee's. Two 16 GB iPod nanos.

These are just a few of the things you could have bought if you weren't spending $368.09 a month on gasoline.

Gasoline prices and taxes by state
Prices at the pump can vary widely among states due to a number of factors. More

That's the average amount American households spent on gas in April, according to an exclusive analysis of data by the Oil Price Information Service for CNNMoney.

The study, which compared average gas prices with median incomes nationwide, also showed that U.S. households spent nearly 9% of their total income on gas last month.

That's more than double what the average American family spent just two years ago, when gas prices were hovering around $2.05 a gallon.

"Gas prices have just skyrocketed," said Fred Rozell, director of retail pricing at OPIS.

After surging nearly 30% this year, the national average price for regular gasoline is less than 2 cents away from $4 a gallon. That's still below the all-time high of $4.114, but prices in many parts of the country have already risen to new records well above that level.

For drivers in some states, the pinch of high gas prices is particularly painful.

Mississippi tops the list, with the average household spening over 14% of their total income on gas last month.

While gas in the state is relatively cheap, Mississippians have some of the lowest incomes in the nation, with the median household earning $36,646 a year.

In addition, many drivers in Mississippi commute long distances and have older cars that lack fuel efficiency, said Rozell.

At an average price of $3.64 a gallon, households in Mississippi spent $434.52 on gas in April.

In New York, where a large chunk of the population lives in urban areas with mass transit, households spent only 5.5% of their income on gas. That's despite an average gas price of $3.99 a gallon in April.

The only other region where drivers spend less income on gas is Washington D.C., where the average household spent just $89 on gas in April, or about 2% of total income. To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 16,776.43 304.06 1.85%
Nasdaq 4,781.26 73.48 1.56%
S&P 500 1,987.05 35.69 1.83%
Treasuries 2.06 0.07 3.37%
Data as of 4:17pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
General Electric Co 26.82 1.35 5.30%
Dow Chemical Co 46.31 1.86 4.18%
Bank of America Corp... 15.69 0.31 2.02%
Micron Technology In... 17.60 1.69 10.62%
Apple Inc 110.78 0.40 0.36%
Data as of 4:00pm ET


Critics says it'll ship more jobs overseas, advocates say it will increase U.S. exports and good paying jobs that go with them. Here's a look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. More

The number of people living in extreme poverty is set to fall to under 10% of the global population for the first time in 2015, the World Bank said. More

Smarties, a Halloween candy staple, have been around for 66 years. Three Millennial women are revolutionizing it. More