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Interest In Hybrid Cars Highest In San Francisco

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Chicago (IL) - With national gas prices approaching an average of $3.40 per gallon, it may not be too surprising that the interest in less fuel-hungry is increasing these days. Cars.com recently found that 59% of car shoppers already have purchased or at least consider buying a hybrid car as their next car. Based on vehicle research on its site, Cars.com now came up with some numbers that could shed some light on a possible regional demand of hybrid cars.

According to the site, shoppers in and around San Francisco showed the highest interest in hybrid cars nationwide, with more than 5.6% of all searches targeting hybrid vehicles. San Francisco is followed by Portland (4.8%), Seattle (4.0%), Sacramento (4.0%) and San Diego (3.9%). At the bottom of the list, which indicates the least interest in hybrid cars in the 50 largest U.S. car markets, are Houston (1.9%), Oklahoma City (1.9%), Memphis (1.9%), Birmingham (1.8%) and Miami/Fort Lauderdale (1.8%).

We leave it up to you to decide whether actual pump prices have something to do with the interest in hybrid cars : As of this morning, GasBuddy.com lists regular gas prices of at least $3.65 and as much as $4.11 per gallon (average : $3.89) for the San Francisco area, compared to a range of $3.26 to $3.88 (average : $3.43) for Miami. People in Tulsa currently pay the least for gas ($3.12). The national average, according to GasBuddy.com, was $3.36.

Here is the complete list of interest in hybrid cars :

1) San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose 5.622
2) Portland, Ore. 4.784
3) Seattle 3.979
4) Sacramento, Calif. 3.973
5) San Diego 3.912
6) Los Angeles 3.504
7) Denver 3.394
8) Washington, D.C. 3.225
9) Minneapolis/St. Paul 3.188
10) Boston 3.174
11) Phoenix 3.163
12) Charlotte, N.C. 3.135
13) Raleigh/Durham, N.C. 3.098
14) Harrisburg, Pa. 2.811
15) Indianapolis 2.792
16) Hartford, Conn. 2.783
17) Salt Lake City 2.712
18) Louisville, Ky. 2.669
19) Las Vegas 2.625
20) Albuquerque/Santa Fe, N.M. 2.613
21) Kansas City, Mo. 2.610
22) Chicago 2.600
23) GreensboroWinston-Salem, N.C. 2.460
24) Nashville, Tenn. 2.427
25) Columbus, Ohio 2.389
26) Philadelphia 2.384
27) West Palm Beach, Fla. 2.349
28) Detroit 2.317
29) Greenville, SC 2.308
30) Milwaukee 2.307
31) Buffalo, N.Y. 2.307
32) Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. 2.302
33) Grand Rapids, Mich. 2.286
34) St. Louis 2.266
35) San Antonio, Texas 2.249
36) New York City 2.220
37) Orlando, Fla. 2.207
38) Cincinnati 2.202
39) Pittsburgh 2.148
40) Cleveland 2.148
41) Baltimore 2.089
42) Norfolk, Va. 2.081
43) Jacksonville , Fla. 2.000
44) Atlanta 1.995
45) Dallas/Fort Worth 1.960
46) Houston 1.937
47) Oklahoma City 1.913
48) Memphis, Tenn. 1.851
49) Birmingham, Ala. 1.844
50) Miami/Fort Lauderdale 1.829

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