Auto Club: Monthly Average Gas Price Drops 20.3 Cents

(LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18, 2005) — Southern California's average price for regular gasoline has dropped more than 20 cents during the past month and 38 cents from the November peak, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. Although prices continue downward, they are still 25 cents higher than in January 2004.

The Southern California January average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $1.989, which compares to a Dec. 14 average of $2.192 and a year-ago average of $1.737. Statewide, the average price for January is $1.940, down from $2.161 in December.

"Slower demand and smooth running California refineries have contributed to lower gas prices this past month," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "However, prices remain higher than last year because crude oil costs have averaged about $10 per barrel more than last January. Many refineries are about to begin regularly-scheduled maintenance to produce summer grade gasoline, and the reduced production may slow or reverse the recent declines."

The lowest average price in Southern California is in Escondido, where regular is selling for $1.890. Blythe reported the state's highest average price at $2.273. Marysville in northern California had the lowest price in the state at $1.790. Nationally, the average price is $1.812 down from $1.84 in December.

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

County/CityUnl. 1-18Unl. 12-14-04 Pre. 1-18Pre. 12-14-04
Imperial County     

El Centro

2.0652.269 2.2592.530
      
Inyo County     

Bishop

2.099n/a 2.242n/a
     
Kern County     

Bakersfield

1.9222.116 2.1152.255

Ridgecrest

1.9772.172 2.2322.372
      
Los Angeles County      

Alhambra

1.9242.115 2.1122.299

Arcadia

1.9742.159 2.1992.386

Burbank

1.9832.177 2.1352.319

Culver City

2.0622.344 2.4572.644

Glendale

2.0142.195 2.1742.409

Glendora

1.9292.075 2.1392.319

Inglewood

1.9402.137 2.1492.372

Lancaster

1.9462.127 2.1492.359

Long Beach

1.9402.157 2.1542.378

Los Angeles

1.9952.203 2.1832.411

Manhattan Beach

2.0172.182 2.0592.239

Montebello

1.9912.161 2.1992.359

Santa Clarita

1.9922.194 2.1682.355

Santa Monica

2.0442.279 2.3092.587

Van Nuys

1.9182.099 2.0862.316

Whittier

1.9282.163 2.1262.347

Woodland Hills

1.9722.178 2.1792.349
      

Orange County

     

Anaheim

1.9122.090 2.0852.235

Fullerton

1.9032.101 2.0892.312

Huntington Beach

1.9222.092 2.1122.319

La Habra

1.8832.099 2.0992.312

Laguna Beach

1.9392.251 2.2392.309

Newport Beach

2.0342.261 2.2492.506

San Clemente

1.9872.197 2.2342.369

Tustin

1.9932.195 2.2592.394
      
Riverside County     

Blythe

2.2732.453 2.5392.509

Hemet

1.9572.179 2.2162.424

Palm Springs

2.0822.366 2.2162.424

Riverside

1.9402.149 2.1132.321
      
San Bernardino County     

Redlands

1.9072.142 2.0792.309

San Bernardino

1.9302.158 2.1592.349

Victorville

2.0082.191 2.2792.386
      
San Diego County     

Chula Vista

1.9912.191 2.2312.454

Del Mar

1.9942.179 2.1362.359

Escondido

1.8902.068 2.1392.319

Oceanside

2.0102.192 2.2112.450

San Diego

2.0202.227 2.2782.466
      
San Luis Obispo County     

San Luis Obispo

2.0042.259 2.2792.342
      
Santa Barbara County     

Lompoc

2.1432.336 2.3992.545

Santa Barbara

2.1142.306 2.3092.499

Santa Maria

2.0942.301 2.2192.526
      
Tulare County     

Porterville

1.9952.203 2.1342.342

Visalia

1.9292.189 2.1242.332
      
Ventura County     

Ventura

2.0012.134 2.2092.359
      
So. Calif. Avg.1.9892.192 2.1972.382

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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