Auto Club: Monthly Gas Price Average Sets New Record

(LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2006) — The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Southern California vaulted 51 cents from April to May, obliterating the prior record monthly average gasoline price set last fall, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California April average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $3.417, up from the April 11 average of $2.903. The prior record was set in September 2005 at $3.03.

“Gas prices have climbed $1.06 since December, due to a variety of oil and gas trader concerns about production in Nigeria, Iran and Venezuela as well as a scarcity of the additive, ethanol, in the southeast part of the nation,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “However, federal reports have indicated that high gas prices have reduced demand in recent weeks, and reduced demand should moderate prices.”

Statewide, the average price for May is $3.378, up from is $2.860, in April. This eclipses the prior all-time record high of $3.054 that was set on Sept. 9, 2005. The lowest average price in the state is in San Rafael, where regular is selling for $3.223. Blythe reports the state’s highest average price at $3.608.

Nationally, the average price is $2.943, up from $2.686 in April. The state with the highest gas price average is Hawaii at $3.400. Oklahoma has the lowest average price of $2.712.

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

County/City

Regular,
5-16-06

Regular,
4-11-06

Premium,
5-16-06

Premium, 4-11-06

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

3.555

3.003

3.739

3.167

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

3.559

2.999

3.742

3.186

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

3.430

2.885

3.601

3.019

Ridgecrest

3.451

2.894

3.399

2.844

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

3.279

2.902

3.512

3.099

Arcadia

3.419

2.902

3.624

3.089

Burbank

3.412

2.884

3.592

3.106

Culver City

3.430

2.933

3.542

3.129

Glendale

3.383

2.875

3.599

3.069

Glendora

3.412

2.839

3.524

3.026

Inglewood

3.386

2.854

3.599

3.059

Lancaster

3.438

2.889

3.649

3.099

Long Beach

3.373

2.865

3.579

2.981

Los Angeles

3.421

2.915

3.596

3.079

Manhattan Beach

3.415

2.944

3.559

3.159

Montebello

3.368

2.859

3.326

2.883

Santa Clarita

3.342

2.893

3.454

3.080

Santa Monica

3.403

2.900

3.599

3.139

Van Nuys

3.379

2.829

3.549

3.004

Whittier

3.339

2.811

3.487

2.969

Woodland Hills

3.402

2.897

3.619

3.099

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

3.306

2.802

3.484

2.959

Fullerton

3.327

2.796

3.484

2.989

Huntington Beach

3.355

2.828

3.532

2.974

La Habra

3.300

2.763

3.449

2.839

Laguna Beach

3.425

2.989

3.537

3.176

Newport Beach

3.420

2.937

3.652

3.172

San Clemente

3.436

2.949

3.579

3.139

Tustin

3.393

2.907

3.599

3.119

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

3.608

3.115

3.809

3.149

Hemet

3.403

2.882

3.419

2.899

Palm Springs

3.481

2.971

3.699

3.192

Riverside

3.417

2.875

3.589

3.052

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

3.447

2.906

3.662

3.079

San Bernardino

3.444

2.890

3.499

3.061

Victorville

3.446

2.916

3.507

2.993

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

3.420

2.894

3.649

3.092

Del Mar

3.546

3.022

3.319

3.194

Escondido

3.400

2.847

3.581

3.032

Oceanside

3.453

2.883

3.649

3.069

San Diego

3.437

2.894

3.630

3.075

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

3.433

2.939

3.619

3.159

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

3.466

2.937

3.659

3.124

Santa Barbara

3.490

2.997

3.602

3.184

Santa Maria

3.466

2.984

3.578

3.199

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

3.411

2.907

3.619

3.094

Visalia

3.363

2.902

3.462

3.039

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

3.344

2.836

3.489

2.955

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Avg.

3.417

2.903

3.568

3.069

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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