Auto Club: Monthly Average Gas Price Drops 18 Cents

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14, 2004) — While Southern California's average price for regular gasoline dropped more than 18 cents during the past month, it is still 49 cents higher than last December, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California December average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.192 compared to a November 16 average of $2.374 and a year-ago average of $1.699. Statewide, the average price for December is $2.161, down from $2.355 in November.

"Fuel prices that peaked in late October have been creeping down since then," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "However they aren't anywhere near the average prices that we saw last year at this time. The primary reason for higher prices is that while crude prices have been declining, they're still averaging about $10 per barrel more than last December. As long as California refineries continue to run smoothly we can expect pump prices to continue declining for the rest of the year."

The lowest average price in Southern California is in Escondido, where regular is selling for $2.068. Blythe reported the state's highest average price at $2.453. Marysville in northern California had the lowest price in the state at $1.946. Nationally, the average price is $1.84 down from $1.96 in November.

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

County/CityUnl. 12-14Unl. 11-16 Pre. 12-14Pre. 11-16
Imperial County     

El Centro

2.2692.442 2.5302.703
      
Inyo County     

Bishop

NA2.476 NA2.686
     
Kern County     

Bakersfield

2.1162.321 2.2552.369

Ridgecrest

2.1722.319 2.3722.519
      
Los Angeles County      

Alhambra

2.1152.293 2.2992.399

Arcadia

2.1592.336 2.3862.479

Burbank

2.1772.340 2.3192.524

Culver City

2.3442.432 2.6442.732

Glendale

2.1952.350 2.4092.514

Glendora

2.0752.307 2.3192.559

Inglewood

2.1372.334 2.3722.519

Lancaster

2.1272.317 2.3592.564

Long Beach

2.1572.353 2.3782.596

Los Angeles

2.2032.370 2.4112.553

Manhattan Beach

2.1822.376 2.2392.619

Montebello

2.1612.339 2.3592.569

Santa Clarita

2.1942.357 2.3552.517

Santa Monica

2.2792.401 2.5872.709

Van Nuys

2.0991.292 2.3162.506

Whittier

2.1632.333 2.2472.339

Woodland Hills

2.1782.332 2.3492.479
      

Orange County

     

Anaheim

2.0902.018 2.2352.449

Fullerton

2.1012.294 2.3122.498

Huntington Beach

2.0922.287 2.3192.523

La Habra

2.0992.281 2.3122.489

Laguna Beach

2.2512.489 2.3092.547

Newport Beach

2.2612.401 2.5062.619

San Clemente

2.1972.411 2.3692.582

Tustin

2.1952.384 2.3942.599
      
Riverside County     

Blythe

2.4532.506 2.5092.654

Hemet

2.1792.354 2.4242.599

Palm Springs

2.3662.466 2.4242.524

Riverside

2.1492.354 2.3212.540
      
San Bernardino County     

Redlands

2.1422.417 2.3092.779

San Bernardino

2.1582.367 2.3492.619

Victorville

2.1912.347 2.3862.562
      
San Diego County     

Chula Vista

2.1912.446 2.4542.619

Del Mar

2.1792.399 2.3592.559

Escondido

2.0682.265 2.3192.519

Oceanside

2.1922.379 2.4502.624

San Diego

2.2272.397 2.4662.601
      
San Luis Obispo County     

San Luis Obispo

2.2592.429 2.3422.512
      
Santa Barbara County     

Lompoc

2.3362.542 2.5452.751

Santa Barbara

2.3062.490 2.4992.669

Santa Maria

2.3012.474 2.5262.699
      
Tulare County     

Porterville

2.203NA 2.342NA

Visalia

2.1892.391 2.3322.579
      
Ventura County     

Ventura

2.1342.306 2.3592.512
      
So. Calif. Avg.2.1922.374 2.3822.568

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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