Gas Prices Move Up Slightly; Now Near 2009 Peak

(LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2010) —Gas prices rose slightly over the past month throughout Southern California, so far avoiding the typical spring “spike” seen during most recent years in March and April, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California April average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $3.117, four cents higher than the March average of $3.073. This month’s average price is 77 cents higher than last year’s April price average of $2.348.

The statewide average price of $3.114 is four cents higher than the March average of $3.07. Marysville in Northern California has the lowest average price in the state at $3.02, while South Lake Tahoe has the highest gas price average at $3.301. In central and Southern California, the cheapest gas is in Glendora, with an average price of $3.045, and Del Mar has the most expensive gas at an average price of $3.215.
 
Nationally, the April average price of $2.858 is 10 cents higher than the March average of $2.759. Hawaii has the most expensive gas in the country with an average price of $3.532. Missouri has the lowest state average price at $2.684.

“This has been a mild spring so far for local gas prices, but our average prices are now almost as high as the 2009 peak prices we saw in mid-September of about $3.16 a gallon,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “However, prices have been remarkably stable since last July, staying within a 30-cent range in most areas between $2.90 and $3.20 a gallon.”  

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 
County/City
Unl
4/13
Unl
3/9
Pre
4/13
Pre
3/9
Imperial County 
 
 
 
 
El Centro
3.149
3.013
3.327
3.149
 
 
 
 
 
Inyo County 
 
 
 
 
Bishop
3.111
3.042
3.399
3.359
 
 
 
 
 
Kern County 
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
3.176
3.120
3.322
3.284
Ridgecrest
3.132
3.080
3.257
3.269
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County 
 
 
 
 
Alhambra
3.107
3.063
3.288
3.276
Arcadia
3.131
3.102
3.368
3.297
Burbank
3.098
3.064
3.288
3.222
Culver City
3.150
3.089
3.293
3.248
Glendale
3.135
3.079
3.336
3.239
Glendora
3.045
3.035
3.231
3.209
Inglewood
3.091
3.039
3.294
3.179
Lancaster
3.104
3.061
3.274
3.247
Long Beach
3.074
3.037
3.256
3.220
Los Angeles
3.125
3.084
3.291
3.272
Manhattan Beach
3.190
3.110
3.359
3.281
Montebello
3.167
3.093
3.339
3.286
Santa Clarita
3.073
3.057
3.259
3.269
Santa Monica
3.136
3.122
3.332
3.299
Van Nuys
3.073
3.032
3.250
3.226
Whittier
3.087
3.038
3.259
3.180
Woodland Hills
3.105
3.118
3.295
3.307
 
 
 
 
 
Orange County 
 
 
 
 
Anaheim
3.089
3.061
3.249
3.254
Fullerton
3.060
3.054
3.262
3.236
Huntington Beach
3.078
3.047
3.264
3.244
La Habra
3.059
3.038
3.192
3.249
Laguna Beach
3.202
3.161
3.459
3.352
Newport Beach
3.139
3.104
3.313
3.299
San Clemente
3.155
3.090
3.311
3.351
Tustin
3.113
3.070
3.306
3.289
 
 
 
 
 
Riverside County 
 
 
 
 
Blythe
3.200
3.140
3.409
3.339
Hemet
3.069
3.047
3.286
3.243
Palm Springs
3.095
3.061
3.269
3.232
Riverside
3.088
3.056
3.231
3.233
 
 
 
 
 
San Bernardino County 
 
 
 
 
Redlands
3.114
3.067
3.206
3.231
San Bernardino
3.062
3.038
3.230
3.223
Victorville
3.112
3.072
3.209
3.349
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego County 
 
 
 
 
Chula Vista
3.105
3.051
3.268
3.206
Del Mar
3.215
3.124
3.419
3.332
Escondido
3.070
3.028
3.249
3.190
Oceanside
3.117
3.064
3.299
3.243
San Diego
3.110
3.058
3.289
3.237
 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo County 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
3.175
3.117
3.401
3.341
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara County 
 
 
 
 
Lompoc
3.092
3.019
3.239
3.319
Santa Barbara
3.171
3.141
3.426
3.369
Santa Maria
3.140
3.082
3.329
3.268
 
 
 
 
 
Tulare County 
 
 
 
 
Porterville
3.075
3.019
3.139
3.059
Visalia
3.139
3.100
3.332
3.277
 
 
 
 
 
Ventura County 
 
 
 
 
Ventura
3.130
3.107
3.292
3.283
 
 
 
 
 
Southern CA average
3.117
3.073
3.296
3.262
 

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