The average gasoline price nationwide fell below $2 a gallon Saturday for the first time since 2009, when the nation's economy was at its nadir after the financial crash, according to Gasbuddy.com.

The fall in gasoline prices has been steady – down 44.4 cents in one year – after crude-oil prices collapsed in 2014. Currently over two-thirds of gas stations are selling gasoline at $1.99 or less, according to the online fuel-price monitoring service.

In Pennsylvania, the ninth-most expensive state because of its elevated fuel taxes, the average price was $2.20, down $3.4 cents in a week. In the five-county Philadelphia area, the average price was $2.22 on Saturday.

New Jersey, which has one of the nation's lowest fuel taxes, broke through the $2 barrier some time ago. The statewide average price was $1.88 on Saturday. But a gallon cost only $1.82 in four South Jersey counties, according to Gasbuddy.

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