Auto Club: Monthly Gas Price Average Climbs High

(LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14, 2006) — While gasoline prices have stayed flat for the past week, a comparison from January to February show a 27-cent increase in the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Southern California, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. Since December 20, 2005, prices have climbed nearly 34 cents due to speculation over international oil production uncertainty.

The Southern California February average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.628 which is up from a Jan. 11 price of $2.357.

“The month to month gas price hike was driven primarily by increasing oil prices and speculation over adequate production,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “Higher gasoline and oil inventories have eased these concerns. However, when gas stations begin to sell the more expensive summer blend fuel in March, prices may start to increase again.”

Statewide, the average price for February is $2.560, up 20 cents from $2.360 in January. 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 $2.462. Blythe reports the region’s highest average price at $2.838.

Nationally, the average price is $2.292, down from $2.322 in January. The state with the highest gas price average is Hawaii at $2.863.

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

County/City

Regular
2-14-06

Regular
1-10-06

Premium
2-14-06

Premium
1-10-06

     

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

2.728

2.474

2.911

2.449

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

2.699

2.397

2.855

2.749

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

2.600

2.332

2.793

2.409

Ridgecrest

2.584

2.399

2.688

2.443

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

2.581

2.280

2.729

2.556

Arcadia

2.615

2.360

2.826

2.432

Burbank

2.588

2.300

2.819

2.299

Culver City

2.687

2.426

2.888

2.479

Glendale

2.577

2.290

2.759

2.479

Glendora

2.567

2.279

2.765

2.559

Inglewood

2.572

2.308

2.789

2.399

Lancaster

2.641

2.332

2.811

2.428

Long Beach

2.596

2.306

2.777

2.500

Los Angeles

2.631

2.344

2.799

2.518

Manhattan Beach

2.639

2.327

2.839

2.588

Montebello

2.589

2.310

2.767

2.189

Santa Clarita

2.576

2.312

2.786

2.499

Santa Monica

2.641

2.376

2.811

2.759

Van Nuys

2.567

2.276

2.744

2.395

Whittier

2.550

2.278

2.733

2.297

Woodland Hills

2.632

2.346

2.832

2.519

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

2.514

2.262

2.666

2.334

Fullerton

2.502

2.227

2.655

2.342

Huntington Beach

2.528

2.243

2.739

2.432

La Habra

2.462

2.225

2.666

2.419

Laguna Beach

2.669

2.419

2.889

2.635

Newport Beach

2.654

2.348

2.877

2.565

San Clemente

2.677

2.414

2.866

2.487

Tustin

2.610

2.333

2.802

2.559

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

2.838

2.559

3.033

2.599

Hemet

2.655

2.373

2.811

2.309

Palm Springs

2.704

2.359

2.939

2.603

Riverside

2.607

2.304

2.776

2.507

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

2.606

2.277

2.799

2.556

San Bernardino

2.616

2.318

2.789

2.370

Victorville

2.692

2.332

2.856

2.306

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

2.599

2.394

3.788

2.591

Del Mar

2.759

2.466

2.911

2.649

Escondido

2.543

2.336

2.733

2.588

Oceanside

2.616

2.394

2.810

2.699

San Diego

2.639

2.392

2.848

2.684

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

2.694

2.488

2.888

2.724

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

2.758

2.481

2.959

2.757

Santa Barbara

2.798

2.492

2.977

2.506

Santa Maria

2.735

2.488

2.911

2.526

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

2.612

2.419

2.819

2.505

Visalia

2.610

2.385

2.789

2.633

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

2.609

2.349

2.787

2.402

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Avg.

2.628

2.357

2.835

2.505

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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