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Average Energy Prices, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach – July 2018

Gasoline prices averaged $2.832 a gallon in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area in July 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that area gasoline prices were 61.8 cents higher when compared to last July when they averaged $2.214 per gallon. Miami area households paid an average of 11.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2018, similar to the 11.9 cents per kWh paid in July 2017. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.) 

Miami area consumers paid $2.832 a gallon for gasoline in July 2018, compared to the $2.930 paid nationally. A year earlier, prices paid for a gallon of gasoline by consumers in the Miami area were lower than the national average. In three of the past five years, the local price for a gallon of gasoline in Miami has been similar to the nationwide average in the month of July. (See chart 1.)

The 11.8 cents per kWh Miami households paid for electricity in July 2018 was 15.1 percent less than the nationwide average of 13.9 cents per kWh. Last July, electricity costs were 16.8 percent lower in Miami compared to the nation. The local price of electricity in the Miami area in July was at least 15 percent less than the U.S. average in each of the last five years. (See chart 2.)

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla., Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties in Florida.

The Consumer Price Index for August 2018 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

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.

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Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach and the United States, July 2017-2018, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
Miami area United States Miami area United States Miami area United States



2.214 2.344 0.119 0.143 1.480 1.031


2.291 2.436 0.119 0.142 1.436 1.027


2.739 2.688 0.119 0.142 1.436 1.018


2.584 2.545 0.119 0.137 1.436 1.020


2.554 2.608 0.119 0.136 1.436 1.028


2.487 2.521 0.119 0.136 1.436 1.042



2.503 2.596 0.119 0.135 1.423 1.048


2.661 2.632 0.119 0.135 NA 1.077


2.566 2.631 0.119 0.135 NA 1.054


2.725 2.795 0.119 0.134 NA 1.044


2.888 2.963 0.119 0.136 NA 1.050


2.900 2.970 0.119 0.139 NA 1.042


2.832 2.930 0.118 0.139 NA 1.038

NA: Data not adequate for publication.


Last Modified Date: Friday, August 10, 2018