Auto Club: Southland Gas Prices Back Off 2009 Records

(LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2009) —Southern California gas price averages are still above $3 a gallon for the third month in a row, but have dropped by nearly a dime from their 2009 record levels in September, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California October average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $3.025, eight cents lower than the September average of $3.104. This month’s average price is 42 cents lower than last year’s October price average of $3.449.

The statewide average price of $3.02 is nine cents lower than the September average of $3.11. Marysville in Northern California has the state’s lowest average price at $2.787, while Tahoe City has the highest gas price average for the fourth month in a row at $3.279. In central and Southern California, the cheapest gas is in Porterville, with an average price of $2.884, and Laguna Beach has the most expensive gas at an average price of $3.197.
 
Nationally, the average price of $2.478 is a dime lower than the September average of $2.578. Alaska continues to have the most expensive gas with an average price of $3.372 statewide. Alaska, Hawaii and California are the only three U.S. states with price averages above $3. South Carolina has the lowest state average price at $2.249.

“This is the time of year when gas prices typically drop off,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Locally, prices are coming down very slowly. Oil industry analysts say the weak dollar is playing a role in keeping prices from dropping more quickly.”  

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 
County/City
Unl 10/13
Unl 9/8
Pre 10/13
Pre 9/8
Imperial County 
 
 
 
 
El Centro
3.005
3.089
3.219
3.579
 
 
 
 
 
Inyo County 
 
 
 
 
Bishop
3.052
3.096
3.383
3.357
 
 
 
 
 
Kern County
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
3.027
3.153
3.156
3.263
Ridgecrest
3.107
3.133
3.289
3.329
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County
 
 
 
 
Alhambra
3.010
3.092
3.217
3.245
Arcadia
3.011
3.066
3.241
3.149
Burbank
3.040
3.101
3.235
3.281
Culver City
3.060
3.126
3.289
3.609
Glendale
3.054
3.108
3.261
3.277
Glendora
2.997
3.068
3.208
3.248
Inglewood
2.979
3.089
3.219
3.274
Lancaster
3.016
3.073
3.181
3.205
Long Beach
2.995
3.060
3.203
3.248
Los Angeles
3.037
3.110
3.219
3.290
Manhattan Beach
3.132
3.127
3.359
3.329
Montebello
3.022
3.075
3.234
3.319
Santa Clarita
3.009
3.127
3.184
3.299
Santa Monica
3.055
3.096
3.199
3.319
Van Nuys
2.991
3.019
3.182
3.172
Whittier
3.009
3.074
3.224
3.282
Woodland Hills
3.039
3.121
3.239
3.313
 
 
 
 
 
Orange County
 
 
 
 
Anaheim
2.990
3.066
3.197
3.247
Fullerton
2.985
3.020
3.181
3.205
Huntington Beach
2.970
3.073
3.170
3.248
La Habra
2.948
3.035
3.135
3.203
Laguna Beach
3.197
3.252
3.499
3.339
Newport Beach
3.062
3.157
3.266
3.339
San Clemente
3.102
3.130
3.327
3.322
Tustin
3.009
3.073
3.186
3.273
 
 
 
 
 
Riverside County
 
 
 
 
Blythe
3.180
3.184
3.259
3.199
Hemet
2.981
3.041
3.197
3.231
Palm Springs
3.042
3.087
3.285
3.369
Riverside
2.973
3.084
3.178
3.255
 
 
 
 
 
San Bernardino County
 
 
 
 
Redlands
2.993
3.088
3.181
3.246
San Bernardino
3.006
3.091
3.168
3.234
Victorville
2.988
3.083
3.216
3.225
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego County
 
 
 
 
Chula Vista
2.901
3.058
3.101
3.205
Del Mar
3.177
3.267
3.399
3.468
Escondido
2.952
3.080
3.104
3.225
Oceanside
2.983
3.075
3.157
3.234
San Diego
2.984
3.080
3.195
3.277
 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo County
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
3.094
3.186
3.218
3.352
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara County
 
 
 
 
Lompoc
2.933
3.102
3.201
3.239
Santa Barbara
3.132
3.226
3.319
3.462
Santa Maria
3.011
3.126
3.206
3.328
 
 
 
 
 
Tulare County
 
 
 
 
Porterville
2.884
3.082
3.049
3.169
Visalia
3.008
3.127
3.263
3.311
 
 
 
 
 
Ventura County
 
 
 
 
Ventura
3.064
3.130
3.240
3.311
 
 
 
 
 
So. Calif. Avg.
3.025
3.104
3.226
3.290

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