Roy Saulsberry, Coy, Alabama
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Where gas prices really hurt

Roy Saulsberry, Coy, Alabama
Roy Saulsberry Jr. at his convenience store in Coy, Ala. (Michael E. Palmer / For The Times)
Coy, Alabama, Wilcox County
A moth rests near the price indicator on a pump at Roy Saulsberry Jr.'s convenience store. Wilcox County has the unhappy distinction of having the nation’s highest percentage of income spent on gasoline; residents spend more than 13% of their monthly income on gas, according to the Oil Price Information Service. By contrast, the average Los Angeles County household spends 3.9% of its monthly income on gasoline. (Michael E. Palmer / For The Times)
Earl Westry, Coy, Alabama
Earl Westry pumps gas at Saulsberry’s store. (Michael E. Palmer / For The Times)
Coy, Alabama
Job are scarce in Coy, Ala. Some people work in the county seat, 13 miles away, or venture farther away. But driving to those jobs costs money -- a tough equation in a town where raising the cash to pave a basketball court is just a dream. (Michael E. Palmer / For The Times)
Clarence Perryman, Roy Saulsberry, Coy, Alabama
Retiree Clarence Perryman is a regular at Saulsberry’s store. He watches neighbors come and go. “They used to pull up and say, ‘Fill it up,’” Perryman says. “Not anymore.” (Michael E. Palmer / For The Times)
Roy Saulsberry, Coy, Alabama
Roy Saulsberry sees hauling gasoline into town to sell at his store as a kind of public service. He makes about 10 cents profit on each gallon — just enough to pay the store’s light bill. (Michael E. Palmer / For The Times)
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