This has been a topic that readers have written about on Patch and even the Board of Selectmen discussed at a meeting.
Residents say they travel to other towns to buy gas because North Reading’s is just too expensive. North Reading Patch readers on Facebook said they time their trips so they don’t have to get gas in North Reading.
They have a point.
A review of the gasbuddy.com website that regularly updates gas prices at stations found that North Reading stations are charging more than other stations. In fact, all North Reading stations on the site are at least 8 cents higher than the average gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gas, which is $3.37 per gallon in Massachusetts, according to AAA.
AAA said gas prices dropped three cents in Massachusetts since last week and decreased nine cents since a month ago. AAA said the range of gas prices in its weekly gas survey was between $3.23 to $3.59.
How does North Reading compare? Here the prices for North Reading and other nearby towns as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to Gas Buddy:
North Reading – $3.45 to $3.65
Wilmington – $3.28 to $3.89 (all but one of Wilmington’s stations were between $3.28 and $3.33)
Reading – $3.29 to $3.49
Andover – $3.39 to $3.53
Lynnfield – $3.35 to $3.49
Do you think North Reading gas stations charge too much? Do you buy your gas outside of North Reading? Let us know in the comments section below.