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Day 28/04/2010

Consumption Junction

Gas Consumption Chart

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While states with the highest populations unsurprisingly tend to use the most gas, the real fuel efficiency picture comes when you examine each state’s fuel consumption per capita. With that factor added, a very different scenario emerges: High-use states like New York actually have low per-capita usage, while states like Alabama, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, and North Dakota — all states with smaller populations and large distances required for drivers — have higher than average consumption, with the highest per capita usage falling on Wyoming. One surprisingly low per capita consumer is Utah — perhaps because of the Mormon population’s tendency to inhabit smaller areas that don’t require long drives?

(via the Infrastructurist)