Gas Prices Soar 50 Cents in One Month

(LOS ANGELES, March 8, 2011) —Gas prices have posted one of their biggest one-month jumps in history, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California March average price for regular unleaded self-serve gasoline is $3.917, 50.3 cents higher than the February average of $3.414, and 84 cents higher than last year’s March Fuel Gauge price of $3.073.

The statewide average price of $3.908 is 50.2 cents higher than the February average of $3.406 and 83 cents higher than last year’s March Fuel Gauge statewide price average of $3.07. Redding in Northern California has the lowest average price in the state at $3.825, while Eureka once again has the highest gas price average at $4.059. The lowest-priced gas among surveyed Southern California cities is in La Habra at $3.84, and the surveyed Southland cities with gas price averages above $4 a gallon are Laguna Beach at $4.002 and Del Mar at $4.015.
 
Nationally, the March average price of $3.517 is 40 cents higher than the February average of $3.117. California’s $3.908 average price now exceeds both Hawaii’s average of $3.896 and Alaska’s average of $3.845 and is the most expensive state for gas in the U.S. Wyoming has the lowest state average price at $3.197.  

“Tom Kloza from Oil Price Information Service indicated today that 10 to 15 cents of California’s gas price increase is the result of the state’s annual switchover from the winter blend to summer blend of gasoline, while a few more cents of the increase could be tied to a few local refinery production issues,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “The rest of the price increase in this last month is very similar to that experienced in the rest of the country.”

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 
County/City
Unl
3/8
Unl
2/8
Pre
3/8
Pre
2/8
Imperial County 
 
 
 
 
El Centro
3.914
3.450
4.104
3.706
 
 
 
 
 
Inyo County
 
 
 
 
Bishop
3.893
3.436
4.089
3.679
 
 
 
 
 
Kern County
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
3.913
3.429
4.060
3.578
Ridgecrest
3.900
3.385
4.094
3.552
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County
 
 
 
 
Alhambra
3.918
3.407
4.122
3.606
Arcadia
3.936
3.429
4.139
3.607
Burbank
3.942
3.404
4.138
3.621
Culver City
3.928
3.417
4.123
3.621
Glendale
3.963
3.429
4.178
3.627
Glendora
3.894
3.358
4.073
3.527
Inglewood
3.895
3.370
4.084
3.563
Lancaster
3.896
3.393
4.074
3.557
Long Beach
3.896
3.378
4.088
3.571
Los Angeles
3.929
3.433
4.128
3.628
Manhattan Beach
3.927
3.446
4.099
3.604
Montebello
3.974
3.463
4.157
3.654
Santa Clarita
3.910
3.377
4.095
3.569
Santa Monica
3.980
3.474
4.214
3.646
Van Nuys
3.885
3.358
4.091
3.573
Whittier
3.907
3.383
4.095
3.551
Woodland Hills
3.933
3.436
4.110
3.615
 
 
 
 
 
Orange County
 
 
 
 
Anaheim
3.886
3.392
4.087
3.597
Fullerton
3.883
3.367
4.085
3.552
Huntington Beach
3.912
3.399
4.105
3.590
La Habra
3.840
3.374
4.035
3.548
Laguna Beach
4.002
3.552
4.209
3.799
Newport Beach
3.930
3.461
4.129
3.655
San Clemente
3.920
3.442
4.117
3.604
Tustin
3.906
3.405
4.095
3.555
 
 
 
 
 
Riverside County
 
 
 
 
Blythe
3.948
3.520
4.069
3.759
Hemet
3.873
3.340
4.075
3.537
Palm Springs
3.930
3.419
4.137
3.588
Riverside
3.892
3.385
4.086
3.581
 
 
 
 
 
San Bernardino County
 
 
 
 
Redlands
3.893
3.372
4.092
3.570
San Bernardino
3.906
3.385
4.106
3.583
Victorville
3.865
3.368
4.054
3.553
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego County
 
 
 
 
Chula Vista
3.912
3.368
4.087
3.541
Del Mar
4.015
3.514
4.212
3.745
Escondido
3.904
3.361
4.107
3.568
Oceanside
3.913
3.398
4.128
3.556
San Diego
3.934
3.400
4.133
3.589
 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo County
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
3.949
3.469
4.149
3.661
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara County
 
 
 
 
Lompoc
3.906
3.376
4.103
3.603
Santa Barbara
3.970
3.443
4.182
3.602
Santa Maria
3.930
3.394
4.137
3.591
 
 
 
 
 
Tulare County
 
 
 
 
Porterville
3.880
3.433
4.046
3.433
Visalia
3.886
3.423
4.061
3.579
 
 
 
 
 
Ventura County
 
 
 
 
Ventura
3.920
3.445
4.128
3.644
 
Unl
3/8
Unl
2/8
Pre
3/8
Pre
2/8
Southern CA average
3.917
3.414
4.111
3.601

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