Fact #344: November 1, 2004
In 2004, approximately 168,000 retail locations in the United States sell fuel to the public. The number of refueling stations has been declining over the past 10 years due, in part, to increased competition, stricter environmental regulations, and shrinking gasoline profit margins. The number of vehicles on the road is increasing; therefore, the ratio of vehicles to fueling stations is rising.
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Source: National Petroleum News, 2004 Station Count and the Transportation Energy Data Book.