Gas Prices Zoom Up to 2010 High Points at Year's End

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14, 2010) —Southern Californians have endured three straight months of gas price hikes and some steeper increases over the past month that have been creating the highest gas prices of the year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California December average price for regular unleaded self-serve gasoline is $3.263, almost 13 cents higher than the November average of $3.127.  

The statewide average price of $3.264 is 12 cents higher than the November average of $3.142. Chico has the lowest average price in the state at $3.191, while South Lake Tahoe again has the highest gas price average at $3.393. The lowest-priced gas among surveyed Southern California cities is Palm Springs at $3.196, and the highest Southland gas price average in the survey is Laguna Beach at $3.362.
 
Nationally, the December average price of $2.979 is 12 cents higher than the November average of $2.857. Hawaii has surpassed Alaska as the state with the most expensive gas in the country with an average price of $3.562. Colorado has the lowest state average price at $2.732.  

“Twenty-one states now have price averages above $3 a gallon, and high crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices are the cause for the increase at a time of year when prices typically drop,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Oil industry analysts say heavy investment in gasoline and crude oil is happening because although domestic demand is flat, worldwide fuel demand is rising and is expected to continue strong through 2011.”

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 
County/City
Unl
12/14
Unl
11/9
Pre
12/14
Pre
11/9
Imperial County
 
 
 
 
El Centro
3.222
3.127
3.519
3.339
 
 
 
 
 
Inyo County
 
 
 
 
Bishop
3.218
3.093
3.314
3.321
 
 
 
 
 
Kern County
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
3.301
3.203
3.442
3.346
Ridgecrest
3.249
3.156
3.427
3.349
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County
 
 
 
 
Alhambra
3.268
3.117
3.464
3.310
Arcadia
3.266
3.118
3.477
3.346
Burbank
3.270
3.101
3.454
3.309
Culver City
3.312
3.133
3.508
3.307
Glendale
3.288
3.141
3.500
3.355
Glendora
3.245
3.104
3.479
3.292
Inglewood
3.224
3.078
  3.396
3.271
Lancaster
3.260
3.100
3.403
3.290
Long Beach
3.232
3.086
3.424
3.277
Los Angeles
3.281
3.143
3.486
3.347
Manhattan Beach
3.339
3.165
3.499
3.343
Montebello
3.285
3.147
3.487
3.331
Santa Clarita
3.233
3.093
3.439
3.292
Santa Monica
3.309
3.173
3.524
3.349
Van Nuys
3.221
3.075
3.428
3.270
Whittier
3.268
3.102
3.445
3.254
Woodland Hills
3.284
3.117
3.483
3.302
 
 
 
 
 
Orange County
 
 
 
 
Anaheim
3.255
3.097
3.447
3.300
Fullerton
3.231
3.094
3.423
3.295
Huntington Beach
3.247
3.104
3.438
3.282
La Habra
3.231
3.064
3.403
3.265
Laguna Beach
3.362
3.172
3.549
3.400
Newport Beach
3.296
3.147
3.503
3.328
San Clemente
3.268
3.127
3.453
3.315
Tustin
3.263
3.109
3.450
3.273
 
 
 
 
 
Riverside County
 
 
 
 
Blythe
3.332
3.228
3.564
3.409
Hemet
3.204
3.068
3.378
3.269
Palm Springs
3.196
3.158
3.472
3.350
Riverside
3.234
3.120
3.392
3.314
 
 
 
 
 
San Bernardino County
 
 
 
 
Redlands
3.223
3.094
3.434
3.359
San Bernardino
3.219
3.080
3.428
3.264
Victorville
3.229
3.115
3.404
3.231
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego County
 
 
 
 
Chula Vista
3.250
3.092
3.423
3.230
Del Mar
3.357
3.220
3.596
3.504
Escondido
3.223
3.072
3.432
3.255
Oceanside
3.260
3.111
3.407
3.276
San Diego
3.262
3.107
3.452
3.298
 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo County
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
3.308
3.156
3.521
3.342
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara County
 
 
 
 
Lompoc
3.200
3.160
3.334
3.403
Santa Barbara
3.297
3.181
3.495
3.347
Santa Maria
3.258
3.103
3.499
3.287
 
 
 
 
 
Tulare County
 
 
 
 
Porterville
3.265
3.177
3.299
3.479
Visalia
3.281
3.169
3.483
3.375
 
 
 
 
 
Ventura County
 
 
 
 
Ventura
3.294
3.174
3.503
3.355
 
Unl
12/14
Unl
11/9
Pre
12/14
Pre
11/9
Southern CA average
3.263
3.127
3.454
3.321