Auto Club: Monthly Gas Prices Cool Down As Summer Heats Up

(LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2009) —Gas prices have drifted under $3 a gallon in most parts of Southern California after a seven-week run-up that began at the start of May, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California July average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.90, two cents lower than the June average price of $2.923. This month’s average price is $1.68 lower than last year’s July price average of $4.585, which was the all-time highest monthly Fuel Gauge report price for Southern California.

The statewide average price of $2.885 is three cents lower than the June average of $2.915. For the second straight month, Marysville in Northern California has the state’s lowest gas price average at $2.678. Also for the second month in a row, Eureka has the highest price average in the state at $3.137.

Nationally, the average price of $2.517 is ten cents lower than the June average of $2.619. A tax that was reinstated on July 1 pushed Hawaii to become the most expensive state for gas prices at $3.257. Missouri has the lowest state average price at $2.268 – nearly a dollar lower than the Hawaii average.

“The ongoing flat demand for gasoline finally burst the bubble for crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices in late June, and pump prices have been coming down since then,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Oil industry analysts say there’s still lots of room for more price decreases in coming weeks, given the overall drop in wholesale prices.”

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


County/City

Unl 7/14

Unl 6/9

Pre 7/14

Pre 6/9



Imperial County



El Centro

2.963

2.946

3.213

3.069



Inyo County


Bishop

2.974

2.871

3.224

3.019



Kern County


Bakersfield

2.932

2.922

3.115

3.054



Ridgecrest

3.034

2.962

3.204

3.099



Los Angeles County


Alhambra

2.902

2.936

3.059

3.119



Arcadia

2.889

2.927

3.150

3.059



Burbank

2.896

2.928

3.109

3.121



Culver City

2.906

2.903

3.180

3.132



Glendale

2.928

2.918

3.119

3.106



Glendora

2.848

2.860

3.079

3.041



Inglewood

2.869

2.899

3.084

3.088



Lancaster

2.844

2.923

3.026

3.083



Long Beach

2.846

2.899

3.055

3.093



Los Angeles

2.909

2.924

3.090

3.111



Manhattan Beach

2.965

2.943

3.146

3.131



Montebello

2.881

2.903

3.039

3.149



Santa Clarita

2.879

2.930

3.067

3.099



Santa Monica

2.923

2.926

3.182

3.149



Van Nuys

2.827

2.865

3.000

3.042



Whittier

2.864

2.906

3.077

3.106



Woodland Hills

2.861

2.931

3.066

3.108



Orange County


Anaheim

2.846

2.904

3.041

3.080



Fullerton

2.819

2.892

3.011

3.075



Huntington Beach

2.854

2.921

3.049

3.115



La Habra

2.807

2.878

2.944

3.035



Laguna Beach

3.028

2.962

3.219

3.164



Newport Beach

2.937

2.964

3.174

3.153



San Clemente

2.996

2.954

3.159

3.167



Tustin

2.903

2.922

3.099

3.124



Riverside County


Blythe

3.057

2.988

3.304

3.089



Hemet

2.832

2.878

3.037

3.070



Palm Springs

2.903

2.931

3.006

3.143



Riverside

2.851

2.895

3.036

3.083



San Bernardino County


Redlands

2.886

2.911

3.052

3.098



San Bernardino

2.845

2.887

3.056

3.066



Victorville

2.846

2.906

3.025

3.069



San Diego County


Chula Vista

2.799

2.873

2.978

3.054



Del Mar

3.019

3.057

3.239

3.289



Escondido

2.822

2.914

3.052

3.100



Oceanside

2.865

2.947

3.062

3.156



San Diego

2.862

2.921

3.060

3.109



San Luis Obispo County


San Luis Obispo

2.979

2.971

3.167

3.103



Santa Barbara County


Lompoc

2.882

2.860

3.132

2.999



Santa Barbara

2.992

2.967

3.259

3.187



Santa Maria

2.908

2.937

3.107

3.157



Tulare County


Porterville

2.863

2.957

3.094

3.107



Visalia

2.943

2.934

3.131

3.096



Ventura County


Ventura

2.900

2.938

3.092

3.114

Unl 7/14

Unl 6/9

Pre 7/14

Pre 6/9



So. Calif. Avg.

2.900

2.923

3.101

3.104