Auto Club: Monthly Average Gas Price Climbs 14 Cents

(LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15, 2005) — Southern California's average price for regular gasoline rose about 14 cents during the past month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. Prices are about 19 cents higher than February 2004.

The Southern California February average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.130 which compares to a Jan. 15 average of $1.989 and a year-ago average of $1.940. Statewide, the average price for February is $2.092, up from $1.940 in January.

"We're seeing what has become a typical late winter price increase as California refiners change from producing a winter formulation fuel to a summer formula," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "However, the increases started at a point that is about 19 cents higher than last year, so there is a chance that springtime fuel prices may go higher than the records set last spring, because demand for gasoline remains strong."

The lowest average price in California is in Tracy, where regular is selling for $1.915. Santa Barbara reported the state's highest average price at $2.288. Nationally, the average price is $1.89, up from $1.812 in January.

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

County/CityUnl. 2-15Unl. 1-18 Pre. 2-15Pre. 1-18
Imperial County     

El Centro

2.1692.065 2.3632.259
      
Inyo County     

Bishop

2.1992.099 2.3422.242
     
Kern County     

Bakersfield

2.0791.922 2.2652.115

Ridgecrest

2.0891.977 2.3452.232
      
Los Angeles County      

Alhambra

2.0661.924 2.3942.112

Arcadia

2.1511.974 2.2992.199

Burbank

2.1121.983 2.2642.135

Culver City

2.1392.062 2.5342.457

Glendale

2.1282.014 2.2922.174

Glendora

2.0991.929 2.3092.139

Inglewood

2.1021.940 2.3492.149

Lancaster

2.0831.946 2.2862.149

Long Beach

2.1011.940 2.3532.154

Los Angeles

2.1421.995 2.3522.183

Manhattan Beach

2.1302.017 2.2192.059

Montebello

2.1241.991 2.3992.199

Santa Clarita

2.1491.992 2.3252.168

Santa Monica

2.1902.044 2.4542.309

Van Nuys

2.0781.918 2.2262.086

Whittier

2.0941.928 2.3292.126

Woodland Hills

2.1221.972 2.3392.179
      

Orange County

     

Anaheim

2.0821.912 2.2052.085

Fullerton

2.0591.903 2.2762.089

Huntington Beach

2.0941.922 2.2792.112

La Habra

2.0161.883 2.1992.099

Laguna Beach

2.1391.939 2.4392.239

Newport Beach

2.1792.034 2.3992.249

San Clemente

2.1431.987 2.3522.234

Tustin

2.1081.993 2.3742.259
      
Riverside County     

Blythe

2.0122.273 2.2782.539

Hemet

2.1271.957 2.5592.216

Palm Springs

2.2432.082 2.5192.216

Riverside

2.1011.940 2.2882.113
      
San Bernardino County     

Redlands

2.0671.907 2.2592.079

San Bernardino

2.1121.930 2.3242.159

Victorville

2.1512.008 2.3662.279
      
San Diego County     

Chula Vista

2.1481.991 2.3622.231

Del Mar

2.1151.994 2.2592.136

Escondido

2.0661.890 2.3322.139

Oceanside

2.1502.010 2.3722.211

San Diego

2.1522.020 2.3982.278
      
San Luis Obispo County     

San Luis Obispo

2.2102.004 2.4852.279
      
Santa Barbara County     

Lompoc

2.2812.143 2.5372.399

Santa Barbara

2.2882.114 2.4832.309

Santa Maria

2.2292.094 2.4392.219
      
Tulare County     

Porterville

2.1191.995 2.2582.134

Visalia

2.1261.929 2.3212.124
      
Ventura County     

Ventura

2.1612.001 2.3192.209
      
So. Calif. Avg.2.1301.989 2.3482.197

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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