Auto Club: Gas Price Average Returns to February Mark

(LOS ANGELES, Mar. 14, 2006) —The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Southern California has climbed back to where it was a month ago and is still going up, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. In the past three months, prices have climbed nearly 34 cents due to speculation over international oil production.

The Southern California March average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.626, which is nearly even with the Feb. 14 price of $2.628.

“In February, gas prices were on the rise, but by the end of the month they were falling as refiners sold off remaining winter grade fuel so they could prepare to sell summer grade fuel starting March 1,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “Since then we have seen a gradual increase until prices are now equal to a month ago. We expect prices to continue higher during the spring, but the rate of increase depends on the amount of speculation that occurs.”

Statewide, the average price for March is $2.573 up about a penny compared to February. The all-time record high of $3.054 was set on Sept. 9, 2005. The lowest average price in the state is in Pleasanton, where regular is selling for $2.417. Blythe reports the state’s highest average price at $2.838.

Nationally, the average price is $2.363, up from $2.292 in February. The state with the highest gas price average is Hawaii at $2.863. South Carolina has the lowest average at $2.220

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

County/City

Regular
3-14-06

Regular
2-14-06

Premium
3-14-06

Premium
2-14-06

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

2.706

2.728

2.840

2.911

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

2.677

2.699

2.847

2.855

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

2.563

2.600

2.727

2.793

Ridgecrest

2.591

2.584

2.636

2.688

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

2.591

2.581

2.755

2.729

Arcadia

2.627

2.615

2.843

2.826

Burbank

2.616

2.588

2.762

2.819

Culver City

2.645

2.687

2.827

2.888

Glendale

2.624

2.577

2.804

2.759

Glendora

2.564

2.567

2.639

2.765

Inglewood

2.561

2.572

2.794

2.789

Lancaster

2.606

2.641

2.721

2.811

Long Beach

2.593

2.596

2.740

2.777

Los Angeles

2.637

2.631

2.787

2.799

Manhattan Beach

2.681

2.639

2.851

2.839

Montebello

2.595

2.589

2.499

2.767

Santa Clarita

2.593

2.576

2.759

2.786

Santa Monica

2.715

2.641

2.746

2.811

Van Nuys

2.569

2.567

2.676

2.744

Whittier

2.532

2.550

2.581

2.733

Woodland Hills

2.644

2.632

2.859

2.832

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

2.514

2.514

2.646

2.666

Fullerton

2.493

2.502

2.666

2.655

Huntington Beach

2.512

2.528

2.667

2.739

La Habra

2.473

2.462

2.571

2.666

Laguna Beach

2.713

2.669

2.959

2.889

Newport Beach

2.667

2.654

2.939

2.877

San Clemente

2.694

2.677

2.891

2.866

Tustin

2.634

2.610

2.866

2.802

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

2.838

2.838

3.019

3.033

Hemet

2.634

2.655

2.657

2.811

Palm Springs

2.694

2.704

2.899

2.939

Riverside

2.609

2.607

2.783

2.776

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

2.598

2.606

2.773

2.799

San Bernardino

2.628

2.616

2.773

2.789

Victorville

2.673

2.692

2.693

2.856

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

2.590

2.599

2.796

3.788

Del Mar

2.760

2.759

2.986

2.911

Escondido

2.544

2.543

2.754

2.733

Oceanside

2.631

2.616

2.856

2.810

San Diego

2.629

2.639

2.809

2.848

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

2.707

2.694

2.859

2.888

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

2.668

2.758

2.818

2.959

Santa Barbara

2.730

2.798

2.965

2.977

Santa Maria

2.715

2.735

2.746

2.911

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

2.588

2.612

2.559

2.819

Visalia

2.583

2.610

2.703

2.789

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

2.581

2.609

2.614

2.787

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Avg.

2.626

2.628

2.770

2.835

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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