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Why are gas prices different north and south of Oleander Drive?

Cammie Bellamy

In fact, gas prices aren’t all that different on either side of the Oleander Drive. Cheap gas tends to be in high-traffic areas while more pricey fuel is on roads less traveled.

To answer this question I mapped out all of Wilmington’s gas stations using median gas price data from GasBuddy at www.NorthCarolinaGasPrices.com. On a randomly chosen day, there was a difference of about 10 cents per gallon for the most and least expensive gas in New Hanover County. But Oleander Drive wasn’t the dividing line for prices.

Cheap gas was most likely to be found on Carolina Beach Road, College Road north of Oleander and near the intersection of Market Street and College Road. Expensive gas was spread evenly throughout the county, but Market Street east of Wilmington, Oleander Drive east of College Road, Castle Hayne Road and Masonboro Loop Road had some of the higher prices.

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