Auto Club: Gas Prices Continue Free-Fall Because of Decreased Demand

(LOS ANGELES, August 18, 2004) — Southern California gas prices fell 14 cents a gallon on average since July, but remain almost 40 cents higher on average than at this time last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California August average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.108, down from July 13's average price of $2.247. The statewide average price for August is $2.107.

"Summer gasoline demand typically peaks in August, but so far prices have continued falling because demand has not been as high as anticipated," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "If supplies remain steady, we could see a continued price decrease through Labor Day and beyond."

The lowest average price in Southern California — and the only local average under $2 — is in La Habra, where prices are averaging $1.991. Santa Barbara has the highest average price in Southern California at $2.289, while Eureka has the highest average gas price in the state at $2.352. Nationally, the average price is $1.862, down from $1.917 in July.

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:

County

Reg. Aug. 17

Pre. Aug. 17

Reg. July 13

Pre. July 13

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

2.203

2.406

2.256

2.459

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

2.239

2.447

2.376

2.584

     

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

2.045

2.199

2.205

2.393

Ridgecrest

2.219

2.432

2.337

2.549

     
Los Angeles County     

Alhambra

2.025

2.239

2.217

2.409

Arcadia

2.073

2.339

2.206

2.439

Burbank

2.061

2.289

2.194

2.399

Culver City

2.149

2.459

2.249

2.416

Glendale

2.086

2.224

2.210

2.382

Glendora

2.007

2.240

2.170

2.402

Inglewood

2.067

2.232

2.215

2.459

Lancaster

2.036

2.248

2.197

2.409

Long Beach

2.064

2.265

2.210

2.449

Los Angeles

2.105

2.290

2.238

2.437

Manhattan Beach

2.071

2.279

2.279

2.446

Montebello

2.076

2.259

2.272

2.439

Santa Clarita

2.077

2.244

2.285

2.452

Santa Monica

2.154

2.459

2.258

2.534

Van Nuys

2.010

2.172

2.192

2.339

Whittier

2.028

2.239

2.182

2.361

Woodland Hills

2.066

2.274

2.232

2.435

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

2.001

2.204

2.160

2.321

Fullerton

2.010

2.199

2.164

2.345

Huntington Beach

2.009

2.231

2.189

2.423

La Habra

1.991

2.206

2.134

2.227

Laguna Beach

2.164

2.256

2.293

2.385

Newport Beach

2.181

2.319

2.280

2.511

San Clemente

2.206

2.499

2.326

2.554

Tustin

2.095

2.329

2.229

2.393

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

2.267

2.469

2.372

2.639

Hemet

2.045

2.339

2.190

2.425

Palm Springs

2.209

2.488

2.350

2.629

Riverside

2.049

2.180

2.216

2.316

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

2.107

2.312

2.234

2.484

San Bernardino

2.070

2.369

2.224

2.405

Victorville

2.112

2.332

2.210

2.404

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

2.134

2.499

2.256

2.487

Del Mar

2.209

2.339

2.257

2.424

Escondido

2.023

2.242

2.169

2.396

Oceanside

2.091

2.406

2.222

2.443

San Diego

2.126

2.296

2.238

2.453

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

2.169

2.379

2.299

2.514

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

2.288

2.399

2.412

2.647

Santa Barbara

2.289

2.519

2.344

2.579

Santa Maria

2.237

2.327

2.363

2.452

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

2.134

2.304

2.244

2.414

Visalia

2.077

2.329

2.256

2.432

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

2.045

2.299

2.240

2.441

 

 

 

 

 

So. California Average

2.108

2.319

2.247

2.444

The Auto Club’s Fuel Gauge Report is based on data gathered from monitoring fuel transactions at 2,800 Southern California gas stations. Oil Price Information Service — the nation’s most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information, provides the data.

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