Auto Club: Monthly Gas Price Average Turns Upward

(LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2006) — The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Southern California reversed course and climbed nearly seven cents in the past month as higher oil prices and the winter refinery maintenance season contributed to upward pressure on retail prices, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California January average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.357, which is up 6.8 cents from a Dec. 20, 2005 average of $2.289.

"Crude oil prices have been creeping up in recent days and traders are anticipating a decline in inventory due to refineries reducing production to perform annual maintenance,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “Opinion is split on the short-term direction of gasoline prices. Some analysts think oil is overpriced because there is sufficient inventory, while others believe this is the early beginning of a spring run-up in prices.”

Statewide, the average price for January is $2.360, up 11 cents from $2.250 in December. The all-time record high of $3.054 was set on Sept. 9, 2005. The lowest average price in Southern California is in La Habra, where regular is selling for $2.225. Blythe reports the region’s highest average price at $2.559.

Nationally, the average price is $2.322, up from $2.210 in December. The state with the lowest gas price average is Utah at $2.088. The nation’s highest average price is in Hawaii, where regular gasoline is selling for an average of $2.695.

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

County/City

Regular gas
1-10-06

Regular gas
12-20-05

Premium gas
1-10-06

Premium gas
12-20-05

     

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

2.474

2.326

2.449

2.464

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

2.397

2.479

2.749

2.679

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

2.332

2.247

2.409

2.457

Ridgecrest

2.399

2.459

2.443

2.661

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

2.280

2.201

2.556

2.369

Arcadia

2.360

2.265

2.432

2.339

Burbank

2.300

2.248

2.299

2.342

Culver City

2.426

2.342

2.479

2.249

Glendale

2.290

2.241

2.479

2.426

Glendora

2.279

2.219

2.559

2.469

Inglewood

2.308

2.215

2.399

2.419

Lancaster

2.332

2.244

2.428

2.259

Long Beach

2.306

2.220

2.500

2.371

Los Angeles

2.344

2.276

2.518

2.444

Manhattan Beach

2.327

2.262

2.588

2.339

Montebello

2.310

2.218

2.189

2.159

Santa Clarita

2.312

2.223

2.499

2.469

Santa Monica

2.376

2.327

2.759

2.569

Van Nuys

2.276

2.223

2.395

2.366

Whittier

2.278

2.213

2.297

2.219

Woodland Hills

2.346

2.294

2.519

2.474

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

2.262

2.182

2.334

2.250

Fullerton

2.227

2.125

2.342

2.209

Huntington Beach

2.243

2.136

2.432

2.330

La Habra

2.225

2.114

2.419

2.319

Laguna Beach

2.419

2.350

2.635

2.599

Newport Beach

2.348

2.276

2.565

2.479

San Clemente

2.414

2.344

2.487

2.514

Tustin

2.333

2.276

2.559

2.439

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

2.559

2.575

2.599

2.599

Hemet

2.373

2.284

2.309

2.364

Palm Springs

2.359

2.399

2.603

2.646

Riverside

2.304

2.238

2.507

2.407

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

2.277

2.172

2.556

2.399

San Bernardino

2.318

2.265

2.370

2.239

Victorville

2.332

2.269

2.306

2.203

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

2.394

2.271

2.591

2.628

Del Mar

2.466

2.322

2.649

2.469

Escondido

2.336

2.247

2.588

2.472

Oceanside

2.394

2.336

2.699

2.554

San Diego

2.392

2.301

2.684

2.614

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

2.488

2.398

2.724

2.631

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

2.481

2.411

2.757

2.684

Santa Barbara

2.492

2.414

2.506

2.486

Santa Maria

2.488

2.422

2.526

2.399

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

2.419

2.399

2.505

2.489

Visalia

2.385

2.329

2.633

2.552

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

2.349

2.276

2.402

2.313

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Avg.

2.357

2.289

2.505

2.434

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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