Auto Club: Monthly Gas Price Average Sets New Record Up Nearly $1 Since November Low

(LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2007) — The average monthly price of gasoline in Southern California climbed for the fifth consecutive month to a new record high, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's monthly Fuel Gauge Report. The monthly average price has increased nearly a dollar per gallon or about 40 percent from the 12-month low in November 2007 of $2.498.

The Southern California May average price for regular self-serve gasoline of $3.486 has exceeded the prior record of $3.417 per gallon which was set on May 16 of last year. In one month the average price has risen about 13 cents from $3.354 on April 17.

“While the monthly average price set a record, we have seen the daily averages for many cities drop slightly in recent days, said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. Nationwide last week, gasoline inventories increased, and state wholesale prices in California also decreased. If these trends continue, and if refineries in the West don't malfunction, we could see added downward pressure on pump prices.”

Statewide, the average price for May is $3.478, up from $3.338 in April. The state's lowest average price is in Chico, where regular sells for $3.362. San Francisco has the state's highest average at $3.688.

Nationally, the average price is $3.087, up 22 cents from April. California is the state with the highest gas price average. South Carolina has the lowest average price, at $2.838. There are now 31 states with an average price over $3.

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

County/City

Reg
5-15

Reg
4-17

Prem
5-15

Prem
4-17

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

3.635

3.559

3.839

3.793

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

3.443

3.365

3.641

3.599

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

3.460

3.329

3.664

3.515

Ridgecrest

3.466

3.359

3.466

3.304

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

3.446

3.298

3.612

3.539

Arcadia

3.476

3.344

3.702

3.579

Burbank

3.467

3.342

3.664

3.520

Culver City

3.534

3.376

3.738

3.629

Glendale

3.470

3.339

3.711

3.559

Glendora

3.449

3.252

3.449

3.486

Inglewood

3.428

3.303

3.619

3.579

Lancaster

3.507

3.347

3.719

3.527

Long Beach

3.450

3.321

3.637

3.490

Los Angeles

3.509

3.357

3.658

3.495

Manhattan Beach

3.512

3.397

3.779

3.619

Montebello

3.392

3.270

3.582

3.389

Santa Clarita

3.422

3.315

3.619

3.489

Santa Monica

3.515

3.363

3.726

3.619

Van Nuys

3.422

3.299

3.599

3.469

Whittier

3.391

3.269

3.479

3.406

Woodland Hills

3.463

3.353

3.609

3.479

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

3.413

3.281

3.563

3.447

Fullerton

3.425

3.289

3.607

3.372

Huntington Beach

3.425

3.298

3.612

3.480

La Habra

3.404

3.245

3.559

3.419

Laguna Beach

3.632

3.389

3.632

3.599

Newport Beach

3.514

3.373

3.755

3.619

San Clemente

3.528

3.395

3.739

3.569

Tustin

3.500

3.337

3.759

3.552

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

3.627

3.499

3.799

3.539

Hemet

3.463

3.344

3.586

3.429

Palm Springs

3.470

3.393

3.719

3.627

Riverside

3.427

3.288

3.607

3.530

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

3.502

3.345

3.699

3.579

San Bernardino

3.457

3.344

3.479

3.392

Victorville

3.440

3.367

3.528

3.439

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

3.464

3.389

3.612

3.612

Del Mar

3.639

3.479

3.769

3.659

Escondido

3.426

3.269

3.671

3.552

Oceanside

3.495

3.381

3.725

3.564

San Diego

3.494

3.380

3.692

3.558

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

3.545

3.465

3.819

3.659

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

3.532

3.308

3.859

3.259

Santa Barbara

3.609

3.476

3.796

3.746

Santa Maria

3.573

3.421

3.779

3.639

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

3.519

3.367

3.549

3.379

Visalia

3.508

3.374

3.649

3.364

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

3.462

3.340

3.597

3.457

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Average

3.486

3.354

3.660

3.456

The Auto Club's Fuel Gauge Report is based on data gathered from monitoring fuel transactions at 3,900 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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