Bellingham gas lowest among major Washington metro areas

Bellingham now has the least expensive average gas price among major Washington metro areas.

The average price for a gallon of gas in Bellingham was $2.83 on Tuesday, Sept. 1, down $1.12 compared to a year ago, according to the AAA Washington Daily Fuel Gauge report. It’s also 18 cents lower than the Seattle area and 3 cents lower than Spokane.

Bellingham typically has the highest average in the state, earning the ire of many local residents. In 2008 a state investigation determined that cross-border traffic was probably the biggest contributor to Bellingham’s high gas prices. That factor could hold some credence now, given that cross-border traffic into Whatcom County has slowed significantly in 2015. A main factor in the slowdown is the weakening Canadian dollar, which is currently around 76 cents compared to the U.S. dollar.

The average price for a gallon of diesel is $2.69 in Bellingham, also the least expensive among major Washington metro areas. It’s down $1.40 a gallon compared to a year ago.