Average Gas Prices, Still Above $3, Begin To Drop

(LOS ANGELES, September 13, 2005) — Southern Californians may be seeing some relief at the pump as average gas prices throughout the area began to drop from record highs set last week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California September average price for regular self-serve gasoline, which in many areas peaked above $3.06 per gallon, is $3.031 — a new monthly record. This compares to an August 17 average of $2.774 — a 25.7-cent difference. The new record also exceeds the September 2004 average by more than $1.088.

"Hurricane Katrina and oil refinery outages in Northern California both contributed to unprecedented increases in oil and gasoline prices throughout the nation because they impacted supply lines and production levels," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "As more production facilities get repaired and as demand for gasoline declines during the fall, we should expect to see gas prices decline further."

Statewide, the average price for September is $3.029, up from $2.773 in August, but down from the record of $3.054 set on Sept. 9. The lowest average price in California is in La Habra, where regular is selling for $2.873. Yreka reported the state's highest average price at $3.300.

Nationally, the average price is $2.956, up from $2.564 in August. The least expensive gasoline in the country is found in Jackson, Mississippi, where the average gas price is $2.57. The highest average price for gas in the United States in Wailuku, Hawaii, where a gallon of regular unleaded sells for $3.52.

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

County/CityReg 9-13Reg 8-17 Pre. 9-13Pre. 8-17
Imperial County     

El Centro

3.2032.808 3.3992.959
      
Inyo County     

Bishop

3.1992.817 3.3252.943
     
Kern County     

Bakersfield

3.1242.723 3.3362.949

Ridgecrest

3.1992.859 3.1542.719
      
Los Angeles County      

Alhambra

2.9242.684 3.0392.799

Arcadia

2.9902.765 3.2292.968

Burbank

3.0002.761 2.2572.863

Culver City

3.0892.822 3.5422.999

Glendale

2.9912.767 3.1672.999

Glendora

2.9632.692 3.1492.960

Inglewood

2.9772.753 3.1592.832

Lancaster

3.0602.744 3.2492.949

Long Beach

2.9672.720 3.1202.896

Los Angeles

3.0152.788 3.1432.907

Manhattan Beach

2.9422.749 3.0792.894

Montebello

2.9922.779 2.9492.679

Santa Clarita

3.0062.799 3.1662.959

Santa Monica

3.0632.861 3.3593.199

Van Nuys

2.9362.675 3.0762.834

Whittier

2.9402.703 2.9772.730

Woodland Hills

2.9982.789 3.2152.992
      

Orange County

     

Anaheim

2.9042.697 3.0082.789

Fullerton

2.9072.674 3.0822.799

Huntington Beach

2.9512.719 3.1462.919

La Habra

2.8732.651 3.0912.869

Laguna Beach

3.0662.835 3.3192.979

Newport Beach

3.0522.826 3.2593.030

San Clemente

3.0382.824 3.2122.989

Tustin

3.0022.772 3.1892.959
      
Riverside County     

Blythe

3.1792.939 3.2542.889

Hemet

2.9992.785 2.9592.939

Palm Springs

3.0722.866 3.2592.998

Riverside

2.9542.703 3.1222.842
      
San Bernardino County     

Redlands

2.9422.672 3.1792.875

San Bernardino

3.0052.732 2.8972.774

Victorville

3.0702.831 3.0812.849
      
San Diego County     

Chula Vista

3.0162.785 3.3162.974

Del Mar

3.0522.824 3.1992.999

Escondido

3.0122.717 3.2292.917

Oceanside

3.0692.788 3.3193.009

San Diego

3.0422.807 3.2433.006
      
San Luis Obispo County     

San Luis Obispo

3.0612.873 3.3863.049
      
Santa Barbara County     

Lompoc

3.0842.843 3.2792.992

Santa Barbara

3.1132.854 3.0792.912

Santa Maria

3.0972.844 3.2593.039
      
Tulare County     

Porterville

3.1992.726 3.2902.817

Visalia

3.1752.761 3.2992.999
      
Ventura County     

Ventura

2.9642.747 3.0122.864
      
So. Calif. Avg.3.0312.774 3.1892.919

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. Editors, for regional average daily fuel prices nationwide, please go to www.fuelgaugereport.com.

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