Auto Club: 2019 Set To End With Highest Gas Prices In Five Years

Average Annual Prices

Southern Californians paid the highest gas prices in the last five years in 2019, and the fifth-highest gas prices in the last 10 years, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.58 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is three cents lower than last week, and the state’s average price for this year to date is $3.72.
 
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.63 per gallon, which is down three cents from last week, 25 cents lower than a month ago, and 20 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.62, which is three cents less than last Thursday, 25 cents less than last month, and 24 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.73, which is three cents lower than last week, 23 cents lower than last month, and 30 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.52, which is three cents lower than last week, 27 cents lower than last month, and 23 cents higher than last year. In San Bernardino, the $3.61 average price is two cents lower than last week, 25 cents lower than last month, and 25 cents higher than a year ago today.

“Cheaper oil prices and increased supply in 2016 and 2017 led to the lowest Southern California gas prices since the recession in 2009, but this year California refineries experienced increased demand and refinery issues that pushed prices up along with higher taxes,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Gas prices have now been dropping for two straight months, although the decline could be coming to an end within the next month as refineries begin their maintenance shutdowns.”

Average Annual Prices

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 26, averages are:

Area

Regular

 1-week

change

Annual Avg. YTD

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$3.63

-3 cents

 $3.75

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$3.55

-3 cents

 $3.71

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$3.62

-3 cents

 $3.72

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc

$3.73

-3 cents

 $3.79

 

Riverside

$3.52

-3 cents

$3.66

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino

$3.61

-2 cents

 $3.70

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$3.65

-3 cents

 $3.76

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$3.73

-2 cents

 $3.75

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