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South Carolina has the lowest gas prices in the nation according to AAA Carolinas, with the average price per gallon hovering at $2.33 -- the national average was $2.83.
Read more stories on this subject in our gas prices topic page.On Tuesday, users of the Web site GasBuddy.com were pointing out the lowest prices in the state in Greenville at $2.17 per gallon, and the highest were in Myrtle Beach at $2.45 a gallon. The lowest prices reported for Charleston were $2.27.
Why's our gas so cheap? In large part it's thank to our state having the fifth lowest gas tax in the nation at 16.8¢ a gallon. -- New Jersey, Wyoming, Georgia (who recently cut their tax), and Alaska are the only states with a lower gas tax than South Carolina.
South Carolina's gas tax is 10¢ below the national average.
Still, the cost per gallon in South Carolina is up seven cents from a week ago and 43 cents from a month ago -- but that's down from $3.79 on June 2, 2008, according to AAA Carolinas.