2011 Gas Prices Nailed New Yorkers And Pennsylvanians

12.27.11 | Sarah Harnisch

    2011 was a tough year for New York and Pennsylvania drivers. It's been 30 years since gasoline took such a big bite out of the family budget. When the gifts from grandma are unloaded, and the holiday travel is over, the typical American household will have spent 4,155-dollars filling up this year, a record. That's 8.4 percent of what the median family takes in in a year, and the highest share since 1981. Gas averaged more then $3.50 a gallon this year, another record, and 76-cents higher then last year. It's 3-30 in Pennsylvania today, and 3-50 in New York. 2012 isn't likely to bring relief.