Auto Club: Gas Prices Set Another Monthly Record

(LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2004) — While gas prices have been declining over the past two weeks, the monthly fuel price average for November still set a record high, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California November average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.374, which compares to the prior November record of $1.772 set in 2000. The November average also rose two cents compared to the October average of $2.352. Statewide, the average price for November is $2.355, up from $2.340 in October.

"Fuel prices peaked in late October and have been inching down since then," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "Crude prices and demand are declining, and California refineries seem to be running smoothly, so we believe that Californians will see retail prices decline through Thanksgiving and into December."

The lowest average price in Southern California is in Escondido, where regular is selling for $2.265. Lompoc reported the state's highest average price at $2.542. Marysville in northern California had the lowest price in the state at $2.150. Nationally, the average price is $1.96, down from $1.97 in October.

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

County/CityUnleadedPremium
Imperial County  

El Centro

2.4422.703
   
Inyo County  

Bishop

2.4762.686
   
Kern County  

Bakersfield

2.3212.369

Ridgecrest

2.3192.519
   
Los Angeles County   

Alhambra

2.2932.399

Arcadia

2.3362.479

Burbank

2.3402.524

Culver City

2.4322.732

Glendale

2.3502.514

Glendora

2.3072.559

Inglewood

2.3342.519

Lancaster

2.3172.564

Long Beach

2.3532.596

Los Angeles

2.3702.553

Manhattan Beach

2.3762.619

Montebello

2.3392.569

Santa Clarita

2.3572.517

Santa Monica

2.4012.709

Van Nuys

2.2922.506

Whittier

2.3332.339

Woodland Hills

2.3322.479
   

Orange County

  

Anaheim

2.2812.449

Fullerton

2.2942.498

Huntington Beach

2.2872.523

La Habra

2.2812.489

Laguna Beach

2.4892.547

Newport Beach

2.4012.619

San Clemente

2.4112.582

Tustin

2.3842.599
   
Riverside County  

Blythe

2.5062.654

Hemet

2.3542.599

Palm Springs

2.4662.524

Riverside

2.3542.540
   
San Bernardino County  

Redlands

2.4172.779

San Bernardino

2.3672.619

Victorville

2.3472.562
   
San Diego County  

Chula Vista

2.4462.619

Del Mar

2.3992.559

Escondido

2.2652.519

Oceanside

2.3792.624

San Diego

2.3972.601
   
San Luis Obispo County  

San Luis Obispo

2.4292.512
   
Santa Barbara County  

Lompoc

2.5422.751

Santa Barbara

2.4902.669

Santa Maria

2.4742.699
   
Tulare County  

Visalia

2.3912.579
   
Ventura County  

Ventura

2.3062.512
   
So. Calif. Avg.2.3742.568

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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