Chicago, Ill. –  While gas prices continue to climb incrementally in many U.S. markets, consumers in the Great Lakes have seen the steepest price hikes since New Year’s Day.

U.S. cities with the greatest price increases since January 1, 2014

CITY            Change (since Jan 1, 2014)
1.    Lansing, MI        70c/gal
2.    Grand Rapids, MI    68c/gal
3.    Kalamazoo, MI        67c/gal
4.    Champaign, IL        66c/gal    
5.    Flint, MI        64c/gal
6.    Toledo, OH        63c/gal
7.    Indianapolis, IN        60c/gal
8.    Cincinnati, OH        60c/gal
9.    Dayton, OH        60c/gal
10.    Ft. Wayne, IN        57c/gal
11.    Columbus, OH        57c/gal
12.    Lexington, KY        57c/gal
13.    Omaha, NE        55c/gal
14.    Ann Arbor, MI        54c/gal
15.    Sioux Falls, SD        53c/gal

“In the Great Lakes region we’re accustomed to volatility but it arrived awfully early this year.  Coincidentally,  when we looked at the markets where we’ve seen the greatest number of GasBuddy app downloads since the year began, eight of the top 15 markets nationwide are in this region as well.  Most notably, consumers in Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati and Columbus have shown extraordinary interest –and for good reason!” added DeHaan.

GasBuddy offers a free app for smartphones, which launched in 2010. Since then, more than 37 million consumers in North America have downloaded it to find the lowest prices in their area and save at the pump.

GasBuddy operates over 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app which has been downloaded over 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area. To download the GasBuddy mobile application, go to