Gas Prices Bounce Back Up to January Levels

(LOS ANGELES, March 9, 2010) —Southern California gas prices rose by nearly nine cents in the past month, cancelling out the price declines experienced in February, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California March average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $3.073, nearly nine cents higher than the February average of $2.986. This month’s average price is 86 cents higher than last year’s March price average of $2.212.

The statewide average price of $3.07 is 11 cents higher than the February average of $2.961. Tracy in Northern California once again has the lowest average price in the state at $2.981, while Tahoe City has the highest gas price average at $3.299. In central and Southern California, the cheapest gas is in El Centro, with an average price of $3.013, and Laguna Beach has the most expensive gas at an average price of $3.161.
 
Nationally, the March average price of $2.759 is 11 cents higher than the February average of $2.644. Hawaii has the most expensive gas in the country with an average price of $3.437 – virtually unchanged from last month. Missouri has the lowest state average price at $2.578.

“It’s not unusual to see prices increase in March,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Higher oil prices played a factor in pushing prices up over the past two weeks, coupled with the typical springtime run-up in prices in anticipation of increased demand.”  

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 
County/City
Unl
3/9
Unl
2/9
Pre
3/9
Pre
2/9
Imperial County 
 
 
 
 
El Centro
3.013
2.965
3.149
3.264
 
 
 
 
 
Inyo County
 
 
 
 
Bishop
3.042
3.001
3.359
3.185
 
 
 
 
 
Kern County
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
3.120
2.976
3.284
3.134
Ridgecrest
3.080
3.070
3.269
3.243
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County
 
 
 
 
Alhambra
3.063
2.988
3.276
3.152
Arcadia
3.102
2.990
3.297
3.196
Burbank
3.064
2.970
3.222
3.137
Culver City
3.089
3.048
3.248
3.249
Glendale
3.079
3.017
3.239
3.232
Glendora
3.035
2.909
3.209
3.119
Inglewood
3.039
2.960
3.179
3.156
Lancaster
3.061
2.954
3.247
3.113
Long Beach
3.037
2.942
3.220
3.121
Los Angeles
3.084
3.011
3.272
3.170
Manhattan Beach
3.110
3.105
3.281
3.229
Montebello
3.093
2.989
3.286
3.166
Santa Clarita
3.057
2.959
3.269
3.129
Santa Monica
3.122
3.038
3.299
3.219
Van Nuys
3.032
2.934
3.226
3.115
Whittier
3.038
2.947
3.180
3.159
Woodland Hills
3.118
2.997
3.307
3.192
 
 
 
 
 
Orange County
 
 
 
 
Anaheim
3.061
2.960
3.254
3.133
Fullerton
3.054
2.935
3.236
3.135
Huntington Beach
3.047
2.951
3.244
3.132
La Habra
3.038
2.925
3.249
3.115
Laguna Beach
3.161
3.074
3.352
3.299
Newport Beach
3.104
3.019
3.299
3.251
San Clemente
3.090
2.998
3.351
3.228
Tustin
3.070
3.020
3.289
3.201
 
 
 
 
 
Riverside County
 
 
 
 
Blythe
3.140
3.092
3.339
3.276
Hemet
3.047
2.940
3.243
3.149
Palm Springs
3.061
3.005
3.232
3.179
Riverside
3.056
2.962
3.233
3.153
 
 
 
 
 
San Bernardino County
 
 
 
 
Redlands
3.067
2.965
3.231
3.180
San Bernardino
3.038
2.955
3.223
3.103
Victorville
3.072
2.974
3.349
3.159
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego County
 
 
 
 
Chula Vista
3.051
2.918
3.206
3.084
Del Mar
3.124
3.025
3.332
3.359
Escondido
3.028
2.942
3.190
3.094
Oceanside
3.064
2.972
3.243
3.184
San Diego
3.058
2.966
3.237
3.163
 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo County
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
3.117
3.034
3.341
3.199
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara County
 
 
 
 
Lompoc
3.019
2.992
3.319
2.999
Santa Barbara
3.141
3.032
3.369
3.259
Santa Maria
3.082
2.940
3.268
3.171
 
 
 
 
 
Tulare County
 
 
 
 
Porterville
3.019
2.960
3.059
3.009
Visalia
3.100
3.013
3.277
3.186
 
 
 
 
 
Ventura County
 
 
 
 
Ventura
3.107
2.997
3.283
3.177
 
 
 
 
 
Southern CA average
3.073
2.986
3.262
3.172

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