SOURCE: Automobile Club of Southern California

June 13, 2006 15:25 ET

Auto Club: Monthly Gas Price Average Drifts Down Nearly 12 Cents

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2006 -- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Southern California floated down 11.7 cents from May to June, the first month to month decline since December 2005, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California June average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $3.301, down from a record setting $3.417 on May 16. December 20, 2005 marked the lowest monthly gas price average -- $2.289 -- before prices rose for five months in a row. This followed record prices in the fall of 2005 due to hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.

"While it's a relief that prices are dropping, they are still more than a dollar higher than December," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. "Oil prices continue to yo-yo up and down around the $70 per barrel range, and will probably continue that way during hurricane season. It's difficult to say which way gasoline prices will go from day to day."

Statewide, the average price for June is $3.262, down from $3.378 in May, which was the all-time record high. The prior record of $3.054 was set on Sept. 9, 2005. The lowest average price in the state is in Pleasanton, where regular is selling for $3.100. Blythe reports the state's highest average price at $3.506.

Nationally, the average price is $2.899, down from $2.943 in May. The state with the highest gas price average is Hawaii at $3.386. Oklahoma has the lowest average price of $2.687.

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

County/City       Reg 6-13   Reg 5-16   Pre 6-13   Pre 5-16
Imperial County                                    
El Centro           3.461      3.555      3.563      3.739
                                                       
Inyo County                                            
Bishop              3.293      3.559      3.397      3.742
                                                       
Kern County                                            
Bakersfield         3.195      3.430      3.368      3.601
Ridgecrest          3.339      3.451      3.457      3.399
                                                       
Los Angeles                                            
County
Alhambra            3.197      3.279      3.379      3.512
Arcadia             3.325      3.419      3.439      3.624
Burbank             3.282      3.412      3.497      3.592
Culver City         3.323      3.430      3.619      3.542
Glendale            3.295      3.383      3.508      3.599
Glendora            3.222      3.412      3.449      3.524
Inglewood           3.244      3.386      3.439      3.599
Lancaster           3.298      3.438      3.279      3.649
Long Beach          3.246      3.373      3.422      3.579
Los Angeles         3.310      3.421      3.472      3.596
Manhattan Beach     3.355      3.415      3.479      3.559
Montebello          3.237      3.368      3.299      3.326
Santa Clarita       3.255      3.342      3.446      3.454
Santa Monica        3.363      3.403      3.629      3.599
Van Nuys            3.246      3.379      3.399      3.549
Whittier            3.224      3.339      3.479      3.487
Woodland Hills      3.318      3.402      3.422      3.619
                                                       
Orange County                                          
Anaheim             3.183      3.306      3.368      3.484
Fullerton           3.179      3.327      3.373      3.484
Huntington Beach    3.187      3.355      3.347      3.532
La Habra            3.167      3.300      3.249      3.449
Laguna Beach        3.396      3.425      3.500      3.537
Newport Beach       3.316      3.420      3.569      3.652
San Clemente        3.346      3.436      3.549      3.579
Tustin              3.291      3.393      3.497      3.599
                                                       
Riverside County                                       
Blythe              3.506      3.608      3.634      3.809
Hemet               3.274      3.403      3.406      3.419
Palm Springs        3.385      3.481      3.489      3.699
Riverside           3.292      3.417      3.464      3.589
                                                       
San Bernardino                                         
County
Redlands            3.290      3.447      3.586      3.662
San Bernardino      3.327      3.444      3.472      3.499
Victorville         3.292      3.446      3.369      3.507
                                                       
San Diego County                                       
Chula Vista         3.248      3.420      3.491      3.649
Del Mar             3.414      3.546      3.669      3.319
Escondido           3.215      3.400      3.461      3.581
Oceanside           3.312      3.453      3.497      3.649
San Diego           3.298      3.437      3.502      3.630
                                                       
San Luis Obispo                                        
County
San Luis Obispo     3.365      3.433      3.469      3.619
                                                       
Santa Barbara                                          
County
Lompoc              3.379      3.466      3.483      3.659
Santa Barbara       3.399      3.490      3.589      3.602
Santa Maria         3.411      3.466      3.449      3.578
                                                       
Tulare County                                          
Porterville         3.387      3.411      3.491      3.619
Visalia             3.328      3.363      3.554      3.462
                                                       
Ventura County                                         
Ventura             3.255      3.344      3.443      3.489
                                                       
So. Calif. Avg.     3.301      3.417      3.467      3.568
 
The Auto Club's Fuel Gauge Report is based on data gathered from monitoring fuel transactions at 3,900 Southern California gas stations. Oil Price Information Service -- the nation's most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information, provides the data. Editors, for regional average daily fuel prices nationwide, please go to www.fuelgaugereport.com.

Contact Information


  • Contact:
    Carol Thorp or Jeffrey
    Spring
    714-885-2333