Average retail gasoline prices in Ohio have fallen 10.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.11 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.21 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Norwalk's prices actually were lower than the state average Sunday, something that rarely happens.
As of 9:30 this morning, Norwalk's prices ranged from a low of $2.96 at the Hy-Miler station at Cleveland and Townsend roads to a high of $3.06 at the Rich station at Benedict Avenue and East Chestnut Street. Of the eight Norwalk stations surveyed, two others also were below $3 — the Circle K at Cleveland and Old State roads and the BP on Milan Avenue near Republic Street.
To see the current list of prices, click HERE and then type "44857" — or the zip code for whatever Ohio city you're interested in — into the search field on the Ohio gas price website.
Including the change in gas prices in Ohio during the past week, prices Sunday were 1.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 0.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
"Another downward trend in gasoline prices has emerged as motorists hit the roads in the last full week before Christmas," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Historically, this is about the time of year that gasoline prices hit their yearly lows, but this time around, I have more optimism that prices may move even lower in the next few weeks.
"As we finish our 2014 forecast at GasBuddy in the near future, we can say that 2014 does offer some relief compared to what we'll end up seeing in terms of average in 2013, but for the time being, the next week looks to see a continued drop in gasoline prices," DeHaan said.