Auto Club: Gas Prices Fall to August Average

Average Prices Throughout State Near Parity

(LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11, 2003)  The average price of regular gasoline in Southern California dropped another 14 cents during the past month, settling in at half a penny below the August average price, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California?s monthly Fuel Gauge Report. Continued lower demand for gasoline and stable production have fueled the downward trend.

The Southern California average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $1.723, down from $1.862 on Oct. 14. The lowest average price in California is Anaheim, where drivers can pump regular self-serve unleaded gasoline for an average $1.610. San Francisco Bay–area motorists now pay an average of $1.760, down 22 cents from October. Nationally, prices are down nearly seven cents since the October AAA survey and now average $1.50 per gallon.

"While Southern California prices have declined an average of 38 cents in two months, average prices in Northern California have fallen more, so we have one of those rare moments where prices throughout the state are similar," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. "San Diego is within 1.5 cents of Los Angeles, and the Bay Area average is only four cents higher than Los Angeles."

"With lower wintertime demand and continued stable production, prices should decline slightly more or remain level for the next few weeks," Thorp added. "This certainly is welcome news for Thanksgiving weekend auto travelers."

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

County And City 11/11 Unl 10/14 Unl 11/11 Pre 10/14 Pre
Imperial County
El Centro 1.787 1.900 1.975 2.099
Inyo County
Bishop 1.849 1.924 2.069 2.124
Kern County
Bakersfield 1.697 1.683 1.843 1.844
Ridgecrest 1.799 1.884 1.945 2.004
Los Angeles County
Alhambra 1.715 1.875 1.839 1.959
Arcadia 1.693 1.857 1.817 2.059
Burbank 1.673 1.837 1.879 2.079
Culver City 1.759 1.935 1.883 2.055
Glendale 1.693 1.823 1.939 2.032
Glendora 1.653 1.813 1.859 2.044
Inglewood 1.723 1.864 1.909 1.991
Lancaster 1.709 1.748 1.833 1.868
Long Beach 1.713 1.882 1.890 2.091
Los Angeles 1.720 1.867 1.908 2.056
Manhattan Beach 1.759 1.879 1.904 1.979
Montebello 1.712 1.865 1.912 2.099
Santa Clarita 1.701 1.805 1.919 1.925
Santa Monica 1.722 1.902 1.879 2.106
Van Nuys 1.674 1.818 1.847 2.001
Whittier 1.683 1.843 1.889 2.081
Woodland Hills 1.667 1.837 1.884 1.957
Orange County
Anaheim 1.610 1.789 1.798 1.994
Fullerton 1.645 1.826 1.799 1.991
Huntington Beach 1.618 1.792 1.807 2.009
La Habra 1.622 1.792 1.799 1.979
Laguna Beach 1.779 1.921 2.004 2.041
Newport Beach 1.737 1.923 1.974 2.059
San Clemente 1.808 1.917 2.004 2.089
Tustin 1.690 1.860 1.864 2.049
Riverside County
Blythe 1.902 2.050 2.099 2.224
Hemet 1.648 1.807 1.859 1.979
Palm Springs 1.813 1.935 2.059 2.102
Riverside 1.636 1.811 1.805 1.972
San Bernardino County
Redlands 1.839 1.999 1.999 2.119
San Bernardino 1.719 1.829 1.889

1.979

Victorville

1.659

1.859

1.829

1.999

      

San Diego County

Chula Vista

1.727

1.849

1.943

2.014

Del Mar

1.727

1.876

1.849

1.996

Escondido

1.654

1.782

1.822

1.999

Oceanside

1.708

1.854

1.826

2.089

San Diego

1.735

1.869

1.956

2.069

San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo

1.770

1.883

1.969

2.106

Santa Barbara County

Lompoc

1.819

1.929

1.904

Santa Barbara

1.824

1.946

1.909

2.124

Santa Maria

1.781

1.915

1.866

1.999

Tulare County

Porterville

1.759

1.878

1.969

2.069

Visalia

1.705

1.828

1.872

2.089

Ventura County

Ventura

1.662

1.801

1.854

1.987

So. Calif. Avg.

1.723

1.862

1.899

2.034

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.