Prices are coming down. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's weekly survey released yesterday reveals California prices dropped nearly 10 cents in the past week to an average of $4.12, and those price drops are reflected on the Peninsula.
In the "less than the most expensive" category, the in Redwood City wins the lowest gas prize at $3.89 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. Runners-up are a Valero station on Marsh Road near Fair Oaks Avenue in Menlo Park at $3.93; the traditionally low-priced San Mateo Arco station on Delaware Avenue at Highway 92 at $3.95 a gallon; two stations in San Bruno, a Union 76 on San Mateo Avenue at El Camino Real and an Arco station on the El Camino at Santa Lucia, Pacifica's Alliance station and the Interstate Gas station on Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay, each breaking the $4.00 barrier by a penny at $3.99.
On the "more expensive than most" side, Millbrae's price at $4.27 leads the pack, but not far behind are a $4.21/gallon posting at the Union 76 station on Ralston Avenue at Old Country Road in Belmont, a Shell station on the El Camino at Brittan Avenue in San Carlos at $4.19 per gallon, and the Arco on East Hillsdale Blvd at Edgewater in Foster City at $4.15/gallon.
Smack in the middle of the pack are prices in Burlingame, $4.09 at the Valero station on Broadway at Rollins, and South San Francisco, where Kwik Serve and Olympian stations on El Camino Real charge you $4.03 for a gallon of go.
The cheapest California gas prices are found in the north bay, stations in Vallejo charging $3.75 per gallon of regular gas.
Traveling to a nearby state this weekend? Gas prices in Oregon average $3.90/gallon; in Nevada, $3.80 on average; in Arizona, gas is a relative steal, averaging $3.66 per gallon of gas.
The highest prices in the nation? Hawaii, at $4.31 a gallon. The lowest? In Greenville, South Carolina, gas prices average $3.52/gallon.
For perspective, the average price of a gallon of gas sold in California in the first week of December, 2008, was $1.81.
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