We’re going to try and do a better job keeping our readers up to speed on changes in the price of gas, but one of the fringe benefits of the domestic energy revolution taking place in America has been lower fuel prices … which has resulted in less public attention on the issue.
And less coverage from us …
Over the holiday break, though, a big deal was made about how South Carolina had the cheapest gas in America for the second year in a row – and we felt the need to put that news in its proper context.
As we’ve noted on numerous previous occasions, income levels in the Palmetto State are near the bottom of the national barrel – meaning our citizens pay a higher percentage of their “daily bread” for essential items like food, clothing, home heating and, yes, gasoline for our cars.
In fact, as of 2011 Palmetto State residents spend more of their income on fuel costs than residents of any other state (save Mississippi).
So yes … South Carolina has the nation’s cheapest gas, but its citizens are paying through the nose for it.
For those of you keeping score at home, gas in South Carolina average $3.24 per unleaded gallon in 2013 – down from $3.35 in 2012 (but up from 2010’s average of $2.60). Currently, it stands at $3.10 per unleaded gallon – or roughly 20 cents per gallon below the national average.
Several “Republican” elected officials in South Carolina have proposed raising the state’s gas tax. Meanwhile S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) – a candidate for lieutenant governor – has proposed a modest gas tax cut.
What’s the price of a gallon of gas in your neighborhood? Let us know … post your pump price (and location) in our comments section below!