Gas prices in the United States may soon reach $5 a gallon

Gas prices are becoming an increasingly serious issue for many people in North America, who rely solely on automobiles to get about.

According to a research issued by AAA on Monday, nearly one-quarter of all Americans pay more than $5 per gallon for gas, and prices aren't likely to improve anytime soon.

National gas prices rose $0.25 this week to $4.86 on Monday, a total increase of $0.59 over the previous month and $1.81 over the previous year, according to AAA.

More than half of U.S. states already charge more than $4.75 per gallon at the pump, with ten states and Washington, D.C. already charging more than $5.

 Indiana and Michigan joined the group this week, according to CNN, while Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are swiftly approaching the milestone.

California and Georgia are in a league of their own, albeit for opposing reasons: the former averages $6.34 per gallon, while the latter is the only state with an average of less than $4.30.

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