Auto Club: Monthly Gas Price Average Drifts Down Nearly 12 Cents



(LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2006) —The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Southern California floated down 11.7 cents from May to June, the first month to month decline since December 2005, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California June average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $3.301, down from a record setting $3.417 on May 16. December 20, 2005 marked the lowest monthly gas price average — $2.289 – before prices rose for five months in a row. This followed record prices in the fall of 2005 due to hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.

“While it’s a relief that prices are dropping, they are still more than a dollar higher than December,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “Oil prices continue to yo-yo up and down around the $70 per barrel range, and will probably continue that way during hurricane season. It’s difficult to say which way gasoline prices will go from day to day.”

Statewide, the average price for June is $3.262, down from $3.378 in May, which was the all-time record high. The prior record of $3.054 was set on Sept. 9, 2005. The lowest average price in the state is in Pleasanton, where regular is selling for $3.100. Blythe reports the state’s highest average price at $3.506.

Nationally, the average price is $2.899, down from $2.943 in May. The state with the highest gas price average is Hawaii at $3.386. Oklahoma has the lowest average price of $2.687.

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


County/City

Reg 6-13

Reg 5-16

Pre 6-13

Pre 5-16



Imperial County


El Centro

3.461

3.555

3.563

3.739



Inyo County


Bishop

3.293

3.559

3.397

3.742



Kern County


Bakersfield

3.195

3.430

3.368

3.601



Ridgecrest

3.339

3.451

3.457

3.399



Los Angeles County


Alhambra

3.197

3.279

3.379

3.512



Arcadia

3.325

3.419

3.439

3.624



Burbank

3.282

3.412

3.497

3.592



Culver City

3.323

3.430

3.619

3.542



Glendale

3.295

3.383

3.508

3.599



Glendora

3.222

3.412

3.449

3.524



Inglewood

3.244

3.386

3.439

3.599



Lancaster

3.298

3.438

3.279

3.649



Long Beach

3.246

3.373

3.422

3.579



Los Angeles

3.310

3.421

3.472

3.596



Manhattan Beach

3.355

3.415

3.479

3.559



Montebello

3.237

3.368

3.299

3.326



Santa Clarita

3.255

3.342

3.446

3.454



Santa Monica

3.363

3.403

3.629

3.599



Van Nuys

3.246

3.379

3.399

3.549



Whittier

3.224

3.339

3.479

3.487



Woodland Hills

3.318

3.402

3.422

3.619



Orange County


Anaheim

3.183

3.306

3.368

3.484



Fullerton

3.179

3.327

3.373

3.484



Huntington Beach

3.187

3.355

3.347

3.532



La Habra

3.167

3.300

3.249

3.449



Laguna Beach

3.396

3.425

3.500

3.537



Newport Beach

3.316

3.420

3.569

3.652



San Clemente

3.346

3.436

3.549

3.579



Tustin

3.291

3.393

3.497

3.599



Riverside County


Blythe

3.506

3.608

3.634

3.809



Hemet

3.274

3.403

3.406

3.419



Palm Springs

3.385

3.481

3.489

3.699



Riverside

3.292

3.417

3.464

3.589



San Bernardino County


Redlands

3.290

3.447

3.586

3.662



San Bernardino

3.327

3.444

3.472

3.499



Victorville

3.292

3.446

3.369

3.507



San Diego County


Chula Vista

3.248

3.420

3.491

3.649



Del Mar

3.414

3.546

3.669

3.319



Escondido

3.215

3.400

3.461

3.581



Oceanside

3.312

3.453

3.497

3.649



San Diego

3.298

3.437

3.502

3.630



San Luis Obispo County


San Luis Obispo

3.365

3.433

3.469

3.619



Santa Barbara County


Lompoc

3.379

3.466

3.483

3.659



Santa Barbara

3.399

3.490

3.589

3.602



Santa Maria

3.411

3.466

3.449

3.578



Tulare County


Porterville

3.387

3.411

3.491

3.619



Visalia

3.328

3.363

3.554

3.462



Ventura County


Ventura

3.255

3.344

3.443

3.489



So. Calif. Avg.

3.301

3.417

3.467

3.568