Rural red states facing the harshest brunt of rising gas prices
Gas prices surge 76% from 2008
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Holiday shoppers will need to bump up their budget for one purchase this year, and they can't even put it under the tree: gasoline.
The price of fuel is up 13.6% from last December and 76% higher from December 2008, according to a new study from the Oil Price Information Service.
Nationwide, drivers are estimated to spend $305 on gasoline in December.
Who's hardest hit? People in Montana.
Montana households are estimated to spend over $449 on gas in December, representing a 12.74% slice of their overall household budget.
Residents of New York are getting off relatively easy. Households there are estimated to spend around $214 on gas in December, just 4.71% of their household income. Other low-cost states include Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada and Illinois.
It's common that people in rural states spend a higher percent of their salary on gas, as incomes tend to be lower. They also often have further to drive for work, and tend to buy larger vehicles.
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