Connecticut now holds 14th\u00a0place in terms of the highest gas prices in the nation \u2014 or depending upon your point of view \u2014 now ranks 38th\u00a0in terms of the states with the cheapest average prices. AAA\u2019s Sept. 14 survey of prices in Connecticut found self-serve regular unleaded averaging $2.51 a gallon, down a nickel compared to last week, down 23 cents from last month, and down $1.20 compared to last year. Generally, Connecticut has ranked among the top 10 high paying states, but in recent weeks moved out of that category and has held steady at 13th\u00a0place. AAA\u2019s weekly survey of prices in the Nutmeg State\u2019s four regional areas as follows: Greater Bridgeport\/Stamford, $2.61 New Haven\/Meriden, $2.61 Greater Hartford, $2.47 New London\/Norwich,\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 $2.45 Statewide average, $2.51 On the national level, today\u2019s average price is $2.33, seven cents lower than last week, 32 cents lower than last month, and $1.07 lower than this time last year. Prices have fallen throughout the summer because of dropping crude oil prices, the driving force of the price of gas at the pump. Crude oil is about $45 a barrel today. Along with plunging crude, there are several factors affecting prices: Weakened global economies, specifically in Europe and China A massive oil glut in the marketplace because the U.S. has doubled its domestic production over the last few years; A worldwide decline in fuel use because of the number of energy-efficient vehicles being manufactured. Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, three states \u2014 Alaska, California, and Nevada \u2014 have average gas prices over $3 a gallon, while three other states \u2014 South Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama \u2014 now have average prices under $2. AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 61 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York providing more than 5.1 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.