I have learned this is the question that is valid practically every day of your life. Where is the cheapest gas right now? According to what I've found, there are several places in the Hannibal, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois area you can check out.

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Since gas prices change often, note that I'm writing this on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 4:16pm. If you're reading this much later than that, prices have probably changed again. The prices were found using the Gas Buddy app.

Oh, and the least shocking thing ever is the price difference between Missouri and Illinois is vast. Let's start with the Quincy, Illinois area. This is the map as shared by Gas Buddy showing the prices within a few miles radius of Quincy. Lowest in town appears to be Sam's Club at $3.08. The average gas price in Quincy is around $3.63 while a trip to West Quincy will net you a price of around $3.30 a gallon. Note if you're near Canton, it's currently $3.21 a gallon at Ayerco there.

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Thanks to the lower gas taxes in Missouri, the prices in Hannibal are WAY lower. Lowest Hannibal price on the Gas Buddy map right now is $2.69 a gallon at the General Store and Big River Oil on the southern part of town.

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It's worth noting that Gas Buddy isn't the be all end all definitive source for gasoline prices as several locations in Quincy and Hannibal do not appear to be providing any data to the app right now so you might just find a cheaper price with some investigating yourself.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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