Originally published Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 05:55a.m.

The Lake Havasu City-Kingman area maintains the highest average gas prices in the state, according to a recent report from the American Automobile Association.

Throughout the U.S., gas prices have increased for six consecutive weeks, AAA reported. Arizona’s statewide average for regular unleaded fuel is about $2.36 per gallon, while average gas prices in the Lake Havasu-Kingman area hovered last week at about $2.55 per gallon, a 25-cent increase over February 2016.

According to AAA media spokeswoman Michelle Donati, the demand for gasoline has remained strong this year, while crude oil prices have increased this year. Higher prices in rural communities such as Havasu aren’t unusual, Donati said.

“Rural areas might have higher gas prices because there are fewer stations,” Donati said. “This means there’s less competition, and less incentive to maintain lower prices. But another reason for higher prices is that Lake Havasu City and Kingman are not located on distribution points, like Phoenix and Tucson. There are higher distribution costs associated with transporting gasoline to rural areas like Havasu, which gets factored into the cost.”

According to Donati, however, Arizona remains in a good position compared to other areas of the country. Arizona’s statewide average remains well below the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline, which is about $2.60 per gallon.

On Monday, the highest gas prices in Kingman were found at Shell on Andy Devine Avenue for $2.69 per gallon.

Kingman’s lowest gas prices were found at Woody’s on West Beale Street at $2.23, according to gas-price tracking websites gasbuddy.com. and gaspricewatch.com.