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Thursday, February 24, 2022

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Average Energy Prices, Detroit-Warren-Dearborn — January 2022

Gasoline prices averaged $3.265 per gallon in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area in January 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that area gasoline prices were up $1.046 compared to January 2021 when they averaged $2.219 per gallon. Detroit area households paid an average of 17.8 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in January 2022, similar to the 17.5 cents per kilowatt-hour paid in January 2021. In January, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was $1.099 per therm, up from its average price of 95.0 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

The $3.265 per gallon Detroit households paid for gasoline in January 2022 was 23.5 cents less than the nationwide average of $3.500. In the previous four years in January (2018-2021), gasoline prices in the Detroit area ranged from 6.7 cents more to 32.0 cents less than the national average. (See chart 1.)

The 17.8 cents per kWh that Detroit households paid for electricity in January 2022 was 21.1 percent more than the national average cost of 14.7 cents per kWh. In the past four years in January (2018-2021), average electricity costs in the Detroit area exceeded the national average by as much as 28.7 percent more. (See chart 2.)

Prices paid by Detroit area households for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.099 per therm in January 2022, 22.0 percent less than the national average of $1.409 per therm. In the previous four years (2018-2021) in January, Detroit area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national average, ranging from 15.1 percent to 26.1 percent less. (See chart 3.)

The Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, core based statistical area covered in this release is comprised of Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne Counties in Michigan.

Historical average energy prices for the U.S. and select metropolitan areas are available at

The Consumer Price Index for February 2022 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Technical Note

Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, 9 divisions, 2 population size classes, 8 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 23 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.

All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, the United States and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, January 2021–January 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Year and monthGasoline per gallonElectricity per kWhUtility (piped) gas per therm
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Note: Dash (–) indicates no data available.


Last Modified Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022