As the state of California begins to open after being shut down to the coronavirus, Riverside gas prices have risen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.90/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 481 stations. Gas prices in Riverside are 22.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 89.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Riverside is priced at $2.45/g today while the most expensive is $4.39/g, a difference of $1.94/g. The lowest price in the state today is $2.23/g while the highest is $4.19/g, a difference of $1.96/g.

The national average price of gasoline has risen 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.02/g today. The national average is up 19.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 72.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices in Riverside and the national average going back ten years:

  • June 8, 2019: $3.80/g (U.S. Average: $2.75/g)
  • June 8, 2018: $3.69/g (U.S. Average: $2.93/g)
  • June 8, 2017: $2.97/g (U.S. Average: $2.35/g)
  • June 8, 2016: $2.80/g (U.S. Average: $2.36/g)
  • June 8, 2015: $3.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.75/g)
  • June 8, 2014: $4.09/g (U.S. Average: $3.66/g)
  • June 8, 2013: $3.93/g (U.S. Average: $3.64/g)
  • June 8, 2012: $4.12/g (U.S. Average: $3.55/g)
  • June 8, 2011: $3.93/g (U.S. Average: $3.74/g)
  • June 8, 2010: $3.01/g (U.S. Average: $2.69/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

  • San Bernardino- $2.86/g, up 3.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.83/g.
  • Orange County- $2.94/g, up 2.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.92/g.
  • Los Angeles- $2.96/g, up 2.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.93/g.

“It’s no surprise that gasoline prices have increased for the sixth straight week as gasoline demand has hit its highest level since early March as Americans are returning to the roads,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “With OPEC extending its large oil production cuts until at least July, oil prices continue to rally. In Sunday evening trade, a barrel of WTI crude oil briefly touched $40 per barrel, the highest level in months thanks to rebounding demand for oil and gasoline as well as the previous production cuts. While I don’t see oil’s strength holding too long given that oil demand remains 20-25% below a year ago, I believe the anxiety pushing oil prices up is coming from the fact that the economy may be recovering quicker than most anticipated. For now, motorists will likely continue to see gas prices rising for the weeks ahead.”

GasBuddy’s survey updates 288 times every day from the most diverse list of sources covering nearly 150,000 stations nationwide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the country. GasBuddy data is accessible by clicking here.

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