Gas Prices Post Big Drop from August

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2010) —Gas prices plunged from about $3.15 a gallon to under $3 a gallon in many Southern California cities over the past month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California September average price for regular unleaded self-serve gasoline is $3.007, 16 cents lower than the August average of $3.164. This month’s average price is 10 cents lower than last year’s September price average of $3.104 – the first time this year that prices have been lower than during the same month in 2009.

The statewide average price of $3.023 is 15 cents lower than the August average of $3.179. Marysville in Northern California has the lowest average price in the state at $2.898, while South Lake Tahoe has the highest gas price average at $3.307. The lowest priced Southern California city surveyed is La Habra at $2.924 while highest-priced Southern California gas is in Ridgecrest at $3.187 a gallon.
 
Nationally, the August average price of $2.717 is almost seven cents lower than the August average of $2.781. Alaska continues to have the most expensive gas in the country with an average price of $3.523. South Carolina and New Jersey have the lowest state average price at $2.495.  

“We’ve passed through most of hurricane season with no disruption to oil supplies, and the only issue affecting U.S. gas prices at the moment is a pipeline closure in the Midwest, which does not affect California’s gasoline supply,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “This is traditionally the time of year that gas prices and fuel demand go down. However, since we’ve experienced remarkably stable prices all year, it’s hard to say if they’ll drop very much more.”

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 
County/City
Unl
9/14
Unl
8/10
Pre
9/14
Pre
8/10
Imperial County 
 
 
 
 
El Centro
3.089
3.138
3.274
3.297
 
 
 
 
 
Inyo County
 
 
 
 
Bishop
3.041
3.127
3.189
3.279
 
 
 
 
 
Kern County
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
3.079
3.238
3.216
3.387
Ridgecrest
3.187
3.189
3.379
3.373
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County
 
 
 
 
Alhambra
2.967
3.144
3.191
3.357
Arcadia
3.015
3.184
3.203
3.371
Burbank
2.986
3.150
3.188
3.328
Culver City
2.999
3.166
3.178
3.313
Glendale
3.010
3.158
3.252
3.249
Glendora
3.013
3.101
3.152
3.202
Inglewood
2.935
3.141
3.151
3.351
Lancaster
2.975
3.149
3.117
3.305
Long Beach
2.941
3.117
3.142
3.285
Los Angeles
3.024
3.181
3.225
3.389
Manhattan Beach
3.039
3.163
3.203
3.312
Montebello
3.006
3.191
3.154
3.336
Santa Clarita
2.978
3.100
3.186
3.272
Santa Monica
3.034
3.186
3.237
3.380
Van Nuys
2.961
3.137
3.117
3.302
Whittier
2.948
3.135
3.088
3.291
Woodland Hills
3.010
3.174
3.186
3.375
 
 
 
 
 
Orange County
 
 
 
 
Anaheim
2.970
3.140
3.175
3.327
Fullerton
2.955
3.119
3.136
3.314
Huntington Beach
2.963
3.128
3.146
3.329
La Habra
2.924
3.117
3.096
3.299
Laguna Beach
3.118
3.299
3.354
3.539
Newport Beach
3.034
3.198
3.239
3.392
San Clemente
3.003
3.194
3.197
3.383
Tustin
3.009
3.177
3.182
3.362
 
 
 
 
 
Riverside County
 
 
 
 
Blythe
3.061
3.282
3.254
3.499
Hemet
2.968
3.117
3.152
3.359
Palm Springs
3.004
3.134
3.125
3.346
Riverside
2.964
3.115
3.159
3.300
 
 
 
 
 
San Bernardino County
 
 
 
 
Redlands
2.975
3.127
3.218
3.284
San Bernardino
2.961
3.134
3.120
3.289
Victorville
2.975
3.149
3.140
3.288
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego County
 
 
 
 
Chula Vista
2.978
3.137
3.129
3.297
Del Mar
3.119
3.329
3.306
3.569
Escondido
2.931
3.100
3.129
3.296
Oceanside
3.009
3.166
3.156
3.310
San Diego
2.991
3.151
3.171
3.324
 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo County
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
3.041
3.218
3.229
3.406
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara County
 
 
 
 
Lompoc
2.967
3.140
3.177
3.323
Santa Barbara
3.052
3.205
3.339
3.415
Santa Maria
2.974
3.180
3.151
3.397
 
 
 
 
 
Tulare County
 
 
 
 
Porterville
3.057
3.165
3.359
3.314
Visalia
3.089
3.203
3.305
3.489
 
 
 
 
 
Ventura County
 
 
 
 
Ventura
3.025
3.201
3.224
3.370
 
Unl
9/14
Unl
8/10
Pre
9/14
Pre
8/10
Southern CA average
3.007
3.164
3.196
3.345

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