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Gas prices today, September 20 in California by county: what’s the average price near me?

California is one of the most expensive places to fill up your gas tank in the US, but recent increases are jaw dropping, up 30 cents in the past week.

Gas prices continue to rise in California: How much it is where you live
MIKE BLAKEREUTERS

Gas prices have risen steeply across the United States from where they were in July. However, they are still below the highs of a year ago, when the average national price broke over the five-dollar mark. The recent increase is mainly the result of reduced production by oil cartel group OPEC.

California is by far the most expensive state for gas. Since the beginning of the year the average price of a gallon of gas has been climbing steadily, now standing at $5.79 a gallon, increasing from $5.76 yesterday, according to the AAA. This is nearly $2 higher than the national average of $3.88.

Current Average Fuel Prices

Current Average Fuel Prices by County

County Regular Mid-Grade Premium Diesel
Bakersfield $5.707 $5.885 $6.067 $6.436
Chico-Paradise $5.408 $5.604 $5.754 $6.189
El Centro $5.720 $5.839 $6.035 $6.387
Fresno $5.486 $5.714 $5.880 $6.383
Hanford-Corcoran $5.431 $5.635 $5.841 $6.314
Los Angeles-Long Beach $6.069 $6.238 $6.374 $6.476
Madera-Chowchilla $5.471 $5.670 $5.871 $6.382
Merced $5.498 $5.681 $5.887 $6.336
Modesto $5.394 $5.623 $5.813 $6.314
Napa $5.720 $5.884 $6.038 $6.513
Oakland $5.604 $5.804 $5.972 $6.436
Orange County $6.045 $6.231 $6.353 $6.415
Redding $5.469 $5.616 $5.749 $6.327
Riverside $5.900 $6.098 $6.243 $6.386
Sacramento $5.551 $5.755 $5.927 $6.358
Salinas $5.630 $5.798 $6.003 $6.566
San Bernardino $5.933 $6.093 $6.265 $6.415
San Diego $5.994 $6.157 $6.324 $6.363
San Francisco $5.671 $5.846 $6.038 $6.572
San Jose $5.562 $5.762 $5.920 $6.439
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles $6.000 $6.211 $6.390 $6.621
San Rafael $5.754 $5.918 $6.104 $6.569
Santa Barbara $5.748 $5.918 $6.100 $6.556
Santa Clara $5.560 $5.757 $5.918 $6.433
Santa Cruz-Watsonville $5.689 $5.847 $6.029 $6.573
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara $5.720 $5.894 $6.090 $6.560
Santa Rosa $5.707 $5.860 $6.040 $6.555
Stockton-Lodi $5.421 $5.619 $5.815 $6.345
Susanville $5.490 $5.688 $5.849 $6.298
Vallejo-Fairfield $5.610 $5.773 $5.956 $6.428
Visalia-Porterville $5.471 $5.686 $5.853 $6.336
Yuba City $5.510 $5.699 $5.900 $6.325

Why are California’s gas prices the highest in the US?

California imposes some of the highest state taxes on gasoline in the country. These taxes include both a state excise tax and a sales tax, which can significantly increase the price of gasoline at the pump.

Furthermore, the prices across the country are on the rise due to the fast increasing price of crude oil.

Experts like Severin Borenstein, a professor at UC Berkeley, have been arguing that oil companies can take advantage of “a less competitive gasoline market than the rest of the country,” at least in part, “because we use this cleaner-burning gasoline formulation that we can’t trade with the rest of the country, partially because two refiners in California control about half of the entire gasoline market.”

Those two refineries are Marathon Petroleum Corp and Chevron USA, which together can refine more than 875,000 barrels of oil a day.