Auto Club: Va-Va-Vroom Month For Gas Prices

(LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2009) — The biggest gasoline price spike of 2009 for Southern Californians has hit during the past month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California June average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.923, 48 cents higher than the May average price of $2.444. This month’s average price is $1.55 lower than last year’s June price average of $4.47.

The statewide average price of $2.915 is 46 cents higher than the May average of $2.45. Marysville in Northern California has the state’s lowest gas price average at $2.845. Eureka has the highest price average in the state at $3.156.

Nationally, the average price of $2.619 is 37 cents higher than the May average of $2.248. The rapid run-up in California prices means the state has surpassed both Alaska and Hawaii to have the most expensive gasoline in the country – something which also occurred last June. South Carolina has the lowest state average price at $2.403.

“This year’s spring price spike came late and hit hard, and there’s no way of knowing when it will end because it’s tied to investor sentiment, not supply and demand,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “AS long as investors continue to buy crude oil and wholesale gasoline in the belief that it will make them money, it’s difficult to see the end. However, last year, Southern California prices peaked in late June.”

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 


County/City

Unl 6/9

Unl 5/12

Pre 6/9

Pre 5/12



Imperial County



El Centro

2.946

2.395

3.069

2.550



Inyo County


Bishop

2.871

2.459

3.019

2.563



Kern County


Bakersfield

2.922

2.507

3.054

2.646



Ridgecrest

2.962

2.523

3.099

2.554



Los Angeles County


Alhambra

2.936

2.411

3.119

2.615



Arcadia

2.927

2.428

3.059

2.666



Burbank

2.928

2.450

3.121

2.648



Culver City

2.903

2.456

3.132

2.599



Glendale

2.918

2.436

3.106

2.634



Glendora

2.860

2.384

3.041

2.599



Inglewood

2.899

2.412

3.088

2.599



Lancaster

2.923

2.438

3.083

2.620



Long Beach

2.899

2.411

3.093

2.594



Los Angeles

2.924

2.438

3.111

2.638



Manhattan Beach

2.943

2.457

3.131

2.619



Montebello

2.903

2.415

3.149

2.679



Santa Clarita

2.930

2.443

3.099

2.646



Santa Monica

2.926

2.424

3.149

2.659



Van Nuys

2.865

2.387

3.042

2.582



Whittier

2.906

2.423

3.106

2.625



Woodland Hills

2.931

2.417

3.108

2.556



Orange County


Anaheim

2.904

2.394

3.080

2.572



Fullerton

2.892

2.386

3.075

2.583



Huntington Beach

2.921

2.411

3.115

2.606



La Habra

2.878

2.384

3.035

2.519



Laguna Beach

2.962

2.496

3.164

2.689



Newport Beach

2.964

2.488

3.153

2.677



San Clemente

2.954

2.478

3.167

2.675



Tustin

2.922

2.427

3.124

2.622



Riverside County


Blythe

2.988

2.518

3.089

2.751



Hemet

2.878

2.410

3.070

2.610



Palm Springs

2.931

2.470

3.143

2.589



Riverside

2.895

2.407

3.083

2.594



San Bernardino County


Redlands

2.911

2.407

3.098

2.605



San Bernardino

2.887

2.422

3.066

2.567



Victorville

2.906

2.414

3.069

2.580



San Diego County


Chula Vista

2.873

2.401

3.054

2.593



Del Mar

3.057

2.559

3.289

2.739



Escondido

2.914

2.441

3.100

2.615



Oceanside

2.947

2.465

3.156

2.695



San Diego

2.921

2.441

3.109

2.629



San Luis Obispo County


San Luis Obispo

2.971

2.496

3.103

2.609



Santa Barbara County


Lompoc

2.860

2.495

2.999

2.659



Santa Barbara

2.967

2.503

3.187

2.737



Santa Maria

2.937

2.474

3.157

2.675



Tulare County


Porterville

2.957

2.467

3.107

2.639



Visalia

2.934

2.501

3.096

2.673



Ventura County


Ventura

2.938

2.449

3.114

2.635

Unl 6/9

Unl 5/12

Pre 6/9

Pre 5/12



So. Calif. Avg.

2.923

2.444

3.104

2.626