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5 of the cheapest states to own a car

No. 2: Alaska
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Gasoline is an especially precious commodity in the remote, snow-swept communities of Alaska. Alaska's service stations charged more than $4 per gallon throughout 2012, according to GasBuddy.com.

Yet Alaska remains one of the cheaper states to own and operate a car, coming in at $2,227. The state gives drivers a break by forgoing sales taxes.

Also, motorists drive less than their counterparts in the lower 48, with just 6,719 highway miles driven for each person in the state, according to 2010 statistics from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That's the lowest in the nation -- the average is about 10,110 -- and it helps Alaska drivers pay one of the lowest overall gasoline bills in the country at $771 per year.

Sources: GasBuddy.com; the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; CarMD.com; Kelley Blue Book; the Oil Price Information Service; and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The information contained in our index is accurate through 2012 with the exception of insurance data, which is accurate through 2010. All data are subject to change.

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