Gas prices have risen nationally. Here’s the deal in VA and Hampton Roads

Virginia ranks fifth in the nation for lowest price of gas. (WYDaily/Courtesy AAA Tidewater Virginia)
Virginia ranks fifth in the nation for lowest price of gas. (WYDaily/Courtesy AAA Tidewater Virginia)

As gas prices rise throughout the nation, Virginians can fill up their tanks at a steady price, according to a report from AAA Tidewater Virginia.

The current average price for gas in Virginia is $2.62 per gallon, which ranks the state as fifth least expensive for gas. In Hampton Roads, the number is even lower, averaging at $2.59 a gallon.

Even with the low price, the cost of gas in Hampton Roads is still 28 cents more than it was at this time last year.

Nationally, the average gas price has increased to the highest price since July, averaging at $2.88 a gallon.

The increase in prices occurred despite an increase in crude oil inventories barrels, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. This new data will leave the market looking to identify supply constraints which could cause prices to rise even higher this fall.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.