Average Energy Prices — April 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Gasoline prices averaged $3.072 per gallon in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area in April 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that area gasoline prices were up $1.136 compared to April 2020, when they averaged $1.936 per gallon. Chicago area households paid an average of 14.3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in April 2021, comparable to the 14.4 cents paid in April 2020. In April, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was $1.037 per therm, more than its average price of 74.1 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

The $3.072 per gallon Chicago households paid for gasoline in April 2021 was 16.5 cents higher than the nationwide average of $2.907. In April (2017-2019), Chicago area gasoline prices ranged from 15.8 cents to 17.4 cents more than the national average. In April 2020, Chicago area gasoline prices were similar to the national average.

The 14.3 cents per kWh that Chicago households paid for electricity in April 2021 was comparable to the national average cost of 13.9 cents per kWh. In Chicago, average electricity costs were higher than the national average in the previous four years (2017-2020) in April, ranging from 8.3 percent to 22.2 percent more.

Prices paid by Chicago area households for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.037 per therm in April 2021, 11.1 percent less than the national average of $1.166 per therm. In each of the previous four years (2017-2020) in April, Chicago area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national average, ranging from 13.9 percent to 27.9 percent less.

The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, core based statistical area consists of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois; Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter Counties in Indiana; and Kenosha County in Wisconsin.

Historical average energy prices for the U.S. and select metropolitan areas are available at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest/data/averageenergyprices_selectedareas_table.htm.