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McDowell's recent gas prices were among the lowest in the state, according to GASBUDDY'S suevey.

North Carolina gas prices have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.35/g Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,092 stations. Gas prices in North Carolina are 6.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 6.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in North Carolina is priced at $2.03/g while the most expensive is $3.29/g, a difference of $1.26/g. The lowest price in the state is $2.03/g while the highest is $3.29/g, a difference of $1.26/g. The cheapest price in the entire country stands at $1.78/g while the most expensive is $4.99/g, a difference of $3.21/g.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.57/g. The national average is down 6.1 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 15.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices in North Carolina and the national average going back a decade:

» December 9, 2018: $2.28/g (U.S. Average: $2.41/g)

» December 9, 2017: $2.32/g (U.S. Average: $2.46/g)

» December 9, 2016: $2.18/g (U.S. Average: $2.20/g)

» December 9, 2015: $1.98/g (U.S. Average: $2.01/g)

» December 9, 2014: $2.62/g (U.S. Average: $2.64/g)

» December 9, 2013: $3.27/g (U.S. Average: $3.25/g)

» December 9, 2012: $3.29/g (U.S. Average: $3.34/g)

» December 9, 2011: $3.27/g (U.S. Average: $3.29/g)

» December 9, 2010: $2.92/g (U.S. Average: $2.96/g)

» December 9, 2009: $2.59/g (U.S. Average: $2.61/g)

Areas and their current gas prices:

Fayetteville — $2.33/g, down 4.2 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.37/g.

Charlotte — $2.32/g, down 2.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.35/g.

Greensboro — $2.38/g, down 3.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.42/g.

“OPEC’s surprising oil production cut announced last week may have a negative impact on gas prices in the days ahead, but for now, a majority of states saw gas prices drift lower in the last week as government data showed a large rise in gasoline inventories, perhaps offsetting OPEC’s production cut,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “While OPEC’s announcement was certainly not expected, it lasts just three months until March, which is barely enough time to even see if there’s going to be a high level of compliance or not, effectively making the cut indiscernible to markets. It was the highest profile move OPEC could make that the markets could still entirely dismiss. Refineries, meanwhile, have ramped up output as the end of the year looms, which could also offset any rise in oil prices. Refiners draw down oil inventories ahead of the turn of the year to avoid taxes, which could help lead to increases in refined product inventories and drive prices down. There’s a lot on the table, and that’s without even mentioning the still looming potential trade deal between the U.S. and China.”

GasBuddy is the authoritative voice for gas prices and the only source for station-level data spanning nearly two decades. Unlike AAA’s once daily survey covering credit card transactions at 100,000 stations and the Lundberg Survey, updated once every two weeks based on 7,000 gas stations, GasBuddy’s survey updates 288 times every day from the most diverse list of sources covering nearly 150,000 stations nationwide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the country. GasBuddy data is accessible at http://FuelInsights.GasBuddy.com.

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