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Despite an influx of more fuel-efficient vehicles, the average American household spent nearly $3,000 on gasoline in 2012, or about 4 percent of their pre-tax income (which is the highest proportion in history). Find out how we compare with the rest of the world and what we can expect in the coming years.

Fill ‘Er Up

Though we spend more of our total income on gas, consumption actually has dropped overall in the U.S. But we’re still by far the most gas-guzzling country on Earth.

U.S. consumption by year (thousands of barrels per day)

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

9,252 9,285 8,989 8,996 8,993

Consumption by country (thousands of barrels per day, 2010)

Turks and Caicos Islands 0

Niue 0.00047

Saint Helena 0.01262

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) 0.02337

Kiribati 0.09341

Cook Islands 0.11685

Nauru 0.12152

Western Sahara 0.14022

Vanuatu 0.1425

Sao Tome and Principe 0.16359

Comoros 0.18696

Cape Verde 0.19397

Chad 0.21033

Eritrea 0.21033

Montserrat 0.25707

Faroe Islands 0.28044

Dominica 0.30381

Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.30381

Virgin Islands, British 0.30381

Timor-Leste (East Timor) 0.30381

Seychelles 0.309

Tonga 0.32718

Bhutan 0.3412

Solomon Islands 0.35312

Saint Vincent/Grenadines 0.39729

American Samoa 0.39962

Samoa 0.4674

Guinea-Bissau 0.48072

Mauritania 0.49778

Central African Republic 0.51414

Burundi 0.53751

Equatorial Guinea 0.53751

Laos 0.59254

Gibraltar 0.63099

Djibouti 0.64267

Maldives 0.65436

Grenada 0.66581

U.S. Pacific Islands 0.7

Cayman Islands 0.7011

French Guiana 0.7011

Somalia 0.79458

Antigua and Barbuda 0.88805

Fiji 0.88805

Belize 1.0049

Saint Lucia 1.07501

French Polynesia 1.14512

Rwanda 1.2386

Montenegro 1.33208

Gabon 1.33208

Papua New Guinea 1.33208

Aruba 1.36387

Liberia 1.38466

Malta 1.51904

New Caledonia 1.54241

Reunion 1.58915

Mali 1.65926

Lesotho 1.66346

Niger 1.67936

Netherlands Antilles 1.72937

Macau 1.74783

Gambia, The 1.75274

Madagascar 1.79336

Malawi 1.82285

Suriname 1.98644

Guinea 1.99322

Tajikistan 2.00981

Swaziland 2.05842

Sierra Leone 2.10329

Barbados 2.19

Cote dIvoire (IvoryCoast) 2.50058

Guyana 2.59543

Martinique 2.60964

Mauritius 2.61742

Senegal 2.66416

Guam 2.66416

Palestinian Territories 2.72025

Albania 2.75764

Haiti 2.85112

Korea, North 2.85112

Macedonia 2.89786

Nepal 3.10819

Guadeloupe 3.15493

Burkina Faso 3.29048

Congo (Brazzaville) 3.31852

Iceland 3.37534

Ethiopia 3.55222

Bahamas, The 3.57559

Mozambique 3.62233

Zimbabwe 3.6457

Zambia 3.66907

Cambodia 3.69244

Togo 4.4169

Lithuania 4.55712

Moldova 4.6506

Congo (Kinshasa) 4.79082

Brunei 5.42181

Nicaragua 5.44518

Tanzania 5.72562

Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.09953

Cuba 6.19301

Latvia 6.28649

Estonia 6.42671

Kyrgyzstan 6.54356

Mongolia 6.66041

Namibia 7.03433

Uganda 7.15118

Paraguay 7.2914

Cameroon 8.01586

Luxembourg 8.16986

Georgia 8.53

Botswana 8.64685

Hong Kong 8.69359

Bangladesh 9.11425

Cyprus 9.18436

Uruguay 9.2311

El Salvador 10.04904

Trinidad and Tobago 10.35285

Panama 10.72677

Tunisia 10.75014

Honduras 11.12405

Jamaica 11.14742

Serbia 11.31101

Burma (Myanmar) 11.87189

Morocco 12.85342

Slovenia 13.22734

Kenya 13.25071

Benin 13.67137

Bulgaria 13.90507

Sri Lanka 14.41921

Slovakia 14.49041

Croatia 15.19041

Bahrain 15.91488

Armenia 16.8263

Costa Rica 17.08337

Ghana 17.24696

Bolivia 17.99479

Turkmenistan 18.5323

Singapore 20.75244

Afghanistan 21.78071

Guatemala 22.4117

Dominican Republic 22.55192

Belarus 22.76225

Angola 23.95411

Azerbaijan 24.65521

Jordan 24.95901

Qatar 26.0574

Sudan and South Sudan 26.31447

Yemen 26.94545

Norway 27.92055

Libya 28.3009

Peru 29.37592

Hungary 31.90411

Portugal 32.50685

Uzbekistan 32.99825

Romania 33.46564

Ireland 33.70685

Denmark 36.51233

Virgin Islands, U.S. 37.23846

Lebanon 37.27493

Finland 38.8274

Belgium 39.40274

Oman 41.31792

Czech Republic 41.46027

Syria 42.11249

Austria 42.18356

Turkey 47.48219

Puerto Rico 48

Pakistan 52.46534

New Zealand 53.03014

Ecuador 54.75559

Chile 58.42466

Algeria 58.63499

Kuwait 58.89205

Israel 58.91542

Colombia 62.67797

Philippines 65.31877

Switzerland 73.34521

Kazakhstan 80.53255

Greece 86.12603

Sweden 89.31233

United Arab Emirates 93.10553

Taiwan 93.83

Argentina 95.27893

Netherlands 96.56438

Poland 98.09315

Vietnam 100.51378

Ukraine 102.07956

Iraq 115.19005

Thailand 118.60205

Egypt 120.44827

Spain 131.28493

Nigeria 135.05444

France 186.43014

Korea, South 189.23014

South Africa 203.4814

Malaysia 208

Italy 242.54521

Venezuela 279.90085

Australia 322.57534

India 333.23088

United Kingdom 352.92877

Brazil 393.0811

Iran 398.45616

Saudi Arabia 414.65148

Indonesia 442.43825

Germany 459.16712

Canada 754

Russia 779.57189

Mexico 784

Japan 1003.96986

China 1615.86244

United States 8992.65479

From the Tank to the Bank

How much profit are oil companies making with all the money being spent on filling up?

Profits of big five oil companies, 2012

ExxonMobil $25.4 billion

Chevron $13.7 billion

Shell $13.4 billion

ConocoPhillips $5.2 billion

BP $4.5 billion

In other words …

ExxonMobil could buy a new iPhone 5c for every person in Japan.

Chevron could pay the salaries of 402,000 entry-level elementary school teachers.

Shell could buy a week’s worth of food for every resident of Texas, Florida, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania combined

ConocoPhillips could buy 27,000 homes at the median U.S. price.

BP could fund the college educations of 75,000 students.

Out of the more than $22,000 spent on gas over the lifetime of an average vehicle bought in 2011, oil companies take in about $15,000.

Gas stations average only 3 to 5 cents of profit from each gallon of gasoline sold. They make more profit off the bottled water and candy you buy inside than off the fuel you buy outside.

Paying at the Pump

Yes, Americans are spending more of their income on gasoline, but how does that stack up to what people in other countries spend?

City U.S. dollars per regular gallon

Amsterdam $6.48

Milan $5.96

London $5.79

Paris $5.54

Dublin $4.78

Tokyo $4.24

Brasilia $3.12

Beirut $2.63

Moscow $2.10

Riyadh $0.91

Kuwait City $0.78

Lagos $0.38

Caracas $0.12

What goes into the price of gas?

Taxes 12%

Distribution and marketing 7%

Refining 10%

Crude oil 71%

Breaking Our Addiction?

Helping to drive the decline in Americans’ consumption of gasoline are automakers offering more fuel-efficient vehicles and Americans simply driving less.

Fuel efficiency

46% between 1980 and 2012

Increase in miles per gallon fuel efficiency of average new passenger car sold in U.S.

Average new car fuel efficiency in miles per gallon

1980 24.3

1985 27.6

1990 28.0

1991 28.4

1992 27.9

1993 28.4

1994 28.3

1995 28.6

1996 28.5

1997 28.7

1998 28.8

1999 28.3

2000 28.5

2001 28.8

2002 29.0

2003 29.5

2004 29.5

2005 30.3

2006 30.1

2007 31.2

2008 31.5

2009 32.9

2010 33.9

2011 33.8

2012 35.6

New federal fuel economy standards

34.1 mpg 54.5 mpg

2016 2025

Driving habits

Nearly 1 in 10

U.S. homes without a vehicle

79.7%

Increase in regular telecommuting between 2005 and 2012

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Sources:

http://www.eia.gov

http://money.cnn.com

http://www.rita.dot.gov

http://www.globalworkplaceanalytics.com

http://thinkprogress.org

http://store.apple.com

http://money.usnews.com

http://www.gallup.com

http://www.fedprimerate.com

http://www.ucsusa.org