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Thursday, July 13, 2023

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Average Energy Prices, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue – June 2023

Gasoline prices averaged $5.009 in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area in June 2023, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that area gasoline prices were 66.6 cents lower than last June when they averaged $5.675 per gallon. Seattle area households paid an average of 12.7 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in June 2023, compared to the 11.8 cents per kWh paid in June 2022. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.589 per therm in June was more than the $1.261 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.) 

At $5.009 a gallon, Seattle area consumers paid 31.1 percent more than the $3.821 national average in June 2023. A year earlier, consumers in the Seattle area paid 10.2 percent more than the national average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has been within 31.1 percent of the national average in the month of June during the past five years. (See chart 1.)

Chart 1. Average prices for gasoline, the United States and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, 2019–23 (as of June)

The 12.7 cents per kWh Seattle households paid for electricity in June 2023 was 25.3 percent less than the nationwide average of 17.0 cents per kWh. Last June, electricity costs were 26.3 percent lower in Seattle compared to the nation. In each of the past five years during the month of June, prices paid by Seattle area consumers for electricity were less than the U.S. average by at least 16.8 percent. (See chart 2.)

Chart 2. Average prices for electricity, the United States and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, 2019–23 (as of June)

Prices paid by Seattle area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.589 per therm, 15.9 percent higher than the national average in June 2023 ($1.371 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 25.8 percent less per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In the past five years, the per therm cost for natural gas in June in the Seattle area has varied between 15.9 percent above and 25.8 percent below the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

Chart 3. Average prices for utility (piped) gas, the United States and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, 2019–23 (as of June)

The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. metropolitan area consists of King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties of Washington.

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, the United States and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, June 2022–June 2023, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
United States Seattle area United States Seattle area United States Seattle area



$5.149 $5.675 $0.160 $0.118 $1.699 $1.261


4.768 5.460 0.164 0.118 1.629 1.261


4.205 5.024 0.167 0.118 1.694 1.261


3.990 4.949 0.167 0.118 1.739 1.264


4.130 5.429 0.166 0.118 1.668 1.263


3.958 4.965 0.163 0.118 1.616 1.420


3.459 4.329 0.165 0.118 1.667 1.420



3.555 4.242 0.168 0.126 1.819 1.491


3.622 4.397 0.168 0.126 1.609 1.491


3.660 4.490 0.166 0.126 1.493 1.491


3.839 4.669 0.165 0.127 1.413 1.491


3.794 4.790 0.165 0.127 1.385 1.589


3.821 5.009 0.170 0.127 1.371 1.589


Last Modified Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023