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Charlotte-area gas prices drop to $2 a gallon

Heavy midday traffic on Highway 160 near Interstate 77 in Fort Mill in a February file photo.
Heavy midday traffic on Highway 160 near Interstate 77 in Fort Mill in a February file photo. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

It’s looking like average gas prices in the Charlotte area could soon dip below the $2 a gallon mark once again.

As of early Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte area had fallen 5 cents over the week, according to auto group AAA. In North Carolina, the average price fell 4 cents. The national average price also fell 4 cents over the week.

Prices at the pump remain much lower across the border in South Carolina, where the average cost fell 3 cents over the week.

Gas prices keep declining across nearly every state despite heightened demand during the summer, when more people are taking road trips. Prices are dropping thanks to abundant gasoline supplies across the U.S., as well as the low cost of crude oil, AAA said this week.

Below are the average gas prices in the Charlotte area, which includes Rock Hill and Gastonia, in the Carolinas and in the U.S. AAA surveys 120,000 stations nationwide to determine average prices.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$2.00

$2.03

$1.85

$2.15

Week ago

$2.05

$2.07

$1.88

$2.19

Year ago

$2.55

$2.54

$2.33

$2.71

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