Auto Club: Southland Gas Prices Plunge To Five-Year Low Point

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2008) - Another month of plunges has brought most Southern California gas prices well below $2 a gallon, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.
 
The Southern California December average price for regular self-serve gasoline fell 76 cents to $1.811 from the November average of $2.569, and is now $2.77 below the all-time monthly record high of $4.585 set in July. In December 2007, the monthly Fuel Gauge Report average for Southern California was $3.314 - $1.50 higher than the current monthly average. The last time the Southern California average monthly price was lower than the current average was in January of 2004 - nearly five years ago, when it was $1.737.
 
The statewide average price of $1.799 is 72 cents lower than the November average of $2.522. The state's lowest average price is in Tracy, where regular sells for $1.634. Tahoe City has the highest price average in the state at $2.299.
 
Nationally, the average price of $1.698 also has dropped by 52 cents from the November average of $2.220. Alaska has the highest state average price at $2.714, and Missouri has the lowest state average price, at $1.484. Alaska, Hawaii and New York now are the only states with price averages above $2 a gallon.
 
"Californians are now paying lower average gas prices than residents of 12 other states, including much of the Northeast as well as Nevada, Washington and Oregon," said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. "It's an unusual situation for this state to have prices within a dime of the national average, but it is a welcome bit of relief for Californians who have been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn."
 
In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 
County/City
Reg 12/9
Reg 11/11
Pre 12/9
Pre 11/11
Imperial County
 
 
 
 
El Centro
1.860
2.575
1.992
2.726
 
 
 
 
 
Inyo County
 
 
 
 
Bishop
2.036
2.833
2.140
3.119
 
 
 
 
 
Kern County
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
1.773
2.522
2.080
2.883
Ridgecrest
2.194
2.770
2.366
2.937
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County
 
 
 
 
Alhambra
1.768
2.542
1.964
2.761
Arcadia
1.799
2.554
2.028
2.739
Burbank
1.818
2.598
2.016
2.792
Culver City
1.822
2.595
2.105
2.851
Glendale
1.827
2.681
2.050
2.940
Glendora
1.774
2.488
2.004
2.694
Inglewood
1.748
2.532
1.944
2.706
Lancaster
1.774
2.505
1.960
2.723
Long Beach
1.786
2.541
1.992
2.744
Los Angeles
1.826
2.610
2.031
2.807
Manhattan Beach
1.874
2.652
2.086
2.872
Montebello
1.785
2.543
2.019
2.749
Santa Clarita
1.791
2.524
1.962
2.634
Santa Monica
1.847
2.620
2.047
2.839
Van Nuys
1.772
2.514
1.966
2.702
Whittier
1.766
2.482
1.962
2.701
Woodland Hills
1.804
2.632
1.996
2.792
 
 
 
 
 
Orange County
 
 
 
 
Anaheim
1.773
2.520
1.978
2.736
Fullerton
1.747
2.488
1.961
2.702
Huntington Beach
1.761
2.503
1.964
2.704
La Habra
1.720
2.464
1.929
2.631
Laguna Beach
1.806
2.622
1.989
2.772
Newport Beach
1.859
2.601
2.087
2.797
San Clemente
1.821
2.584
2.039
2.764
Tustin
1.799
2.533
2.012
2.728
 
 
 
 
 
Riverside County
 
 
 
 
Blythe
1.892
2.660
2.074
2.799
Hemet
1.755
2.490
1.933
2.678
Palm Springs
1.798
2.550
1.984
2.753
Riverside
1.743
2.508
1.933
2.705
 
 
 
 
 
San Bernardino County
 
 
 
 
Redlands
1.757
2.547
1.941
2.748
San Bernardino
1.756
2.502
1.953
2.735
Victorville
1.717
2.473
1.882
2.665
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego County
 
 
 
 
Chula Vista
1.713
2.441
1.923
2.642
Del Mar
1.905
2.686
2.239
2.836
Escondido
1.757
2.528
1.909
2.732
Oceanside
1.761
2.507
1.981
2.730
San Diego
1.768
2.542
1.981
2.759
 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo County
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
1.891
2.717
2.001
2.934
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara County
 
 
 
 
Lompoc
1.756
2.522
1.889
2.672
Santa Barbara
1.889
2.662
2.055
2.875
Santa Maria
1.830
2.652
2.014
2.759
 
 
 
 
 
Tulare County
 
 
 
 
Porterville
1.822
2.577
2.025
2.919
Visalia
1.873
2.560
2.056
2.908
 
 
 
 
 
Ventura County
 
 
 
 
Ventura
1.819
2.552
2.047
2.805
 
 
 
 
 
So. Calif. Avg.
1.811
2.569
2.010
2.775
 
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.