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Average Charlotte-area gas price dips below $2 a gallon

Congested traffic along South Church Street in uptown Charlotte early Friday morning, October 09, 2015.
Congested traffic along South Church Street in uptown Charlotte early Friday morning, October 09, 2015. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Gas prices in the Charlotte area fell below $2 a gallon over the week, even as demand remains high during the busy summer driving months.

As of early Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte region had fallen 3 cents over the week, according to auto group AAA. Average costs in North Carolina also fell 3 cents, and the average South Carolina price fell by a penny. Nationwide, the average price fell 2 cents.

Gas prices across the U.S. continue to fall during peak road-trip season thanks to abundant supplies, AAA said in a report Monday. Over the past 52 days, the average price of gas nationally has fallen by more than a quarter.

As of Sunday, AAA said, more than 40 percent of gas stations nationwide were selling gas for $2 a gallon or less, and fewer than 1 percent of stations were selling gas for more than $3 a gallon.

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

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$1.97

$2.01

$1.84

$2.13

Week ago

$2.00

$2.04

$1.85

$2.15

Year ago

$2.50

$2.48

$2.27

$2.65

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